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Professor Ana Beduschi

Professor of Law


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Ana Beduschi is a Full Professor of Law with a Personal Chair at the University of Exeter. She is currently the Director of the Research Centre for Science, Culture and the Law at the University of Exeter Law School. She is also the Co-Director of Postgraduate Research at the Law School and an academic affiliated with the Institute for Data Science and Artificial Intellligence (IDSAI). 

Her research and teaching focus on international human rights law, technology (including big data and artificial intelligence) and international migration and refugee law. Her recent publications examine the regulatory approaches to digital technologies and human rights, the impact of Covid-19 health status certificates on human rights, the implications of artificial intelligence for international migration management, the opportunities and challenges presented by digital identity, and the implications of big data and artificial intelligence for humanitarian action.

She has recently led the UKRI ESRC-funded project on COVID-19: Human Rights Implications of Digital Certificates for Health Status Verification. The project investigated whether and how digital certificates for health status verification, also referred to as digital health passports or vaccine passports, impact data protection, privacy and human rights. In doing so, it assesses whether there are effective ways to mitigate any potential risks for these rights, thus informing decision-making in this area of vital national interest.

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​On digital health certificates/ COVID-19 vaccine passports:

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  • International Human Rights Law
  • Technology (including big data and artificial intelligence) and International Human Rights Law
  • Privacy and Data Protection in the Digital World
  • International Migration
  • Public International Law

Research group links

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Current PhD students:

  •  Laura Scheinert Idodo, 'Supporting judges in asylum adjudication – the role of judicial training' (with Prof Nick Gill - University of Exeter, Geography Department and Dr Emma Tonkin - University of Bristol, Engineering Deparment) 
  • Joshua Alexander Redmond, 'AI and Environment' (with Dr Ernesto Schwartz Marin - University of Exeter, Sociology Deparment and Dr Hugo Barbosa - University of Exeter, Computer Science Department)
  • Mehmet Metin Uzun,'Governing Artificial Intelligence: Regulatory Public Policy Framework' (with Prof Oliver Jones, University of Exeter - Politics Department)
  • Sophia Simelitidou, ' Privacy vs Protection: The right to private and family life in the EU Immigration and Asylum System and the lived experiences of asylum seekers in Greece' (with Prof Nick Gill, University of Exeter - Geography Department)

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  • Horvath L, James O, Banducci S, Beduschi A. (2023) Citizens' acceptance of artificial intelligence in public services: Evidence from a conjoint experiment about processing permit applications, Government Information Quarterly, volume 40, no. 4, pages 101876-101876, article no. 101876, DOI:10.1016/j.giq.2023.101876. [PDF]
  • Beduschi A. (2023) 第9章 越境する身体――AI時代の国際移動の管理 (Crossing Borders: Managing International Mobility in the AI ​​Era) Translated by Matthew Sueda, Understanding AI in Society. How Technology Exerts Power, University of Tokyo Press, 153-164.
  • Beduschi A. (2023) Migration and artificial intelligence, Routledge Handbook on Immigration and Refugee Studies, 73-81.




  • Beduschi A. (2020) Digital Health Passports for COVID-19: Data Privacy and Human Rights Law. [PDF]
  • Beduschi A. (2020) Immunity Passports: A Risky Solution, Directions Cyber Digital Europe. [PDF]
  • Beduschi A. (2020) Human Rights and the Governance of Artificial Intelligence, Geneva Academy of International Humanitarian Law and Human Rights. [PDF]
  • Beduschi A. (2020) International Migration Management in the Age of Artificial Intelligence, Migration Studies, volume n/a, pages n/a-n/a, DOI:10.1093/migration/mnaa003. [PDF]


  • Beduschi A. (2019) Artificial Intelligence: A European Perspective on the Regulation of Data Protection and Privacy, 2nd Symposium on China and Role of Law in Cyberspace, Wuhan University, China, 2nd - 2nd Nov 2019.
  • Beduschi A. (2019) Digital Identity: Challenges for Data Protection, Privacy and Non-Discrimination, MyData Conference, Helsinki, 25th Sep - 27th Oct 2019.
  • Beduschi AC. (2019) Digital Identity: Contemporary Challenges for Data Protection, Privacy and Non-Discrimination Rights, Big Data and Society, DOI:10.1177/2053951719855091. [PDF]


  • Beduschi AC. (2018) The Big Data of International Migration: Opportunities and Challenges for States under International Human Rights Law, Georgetown Journal of International Law, volume 49, pages 981-1017. [PDF]


  • Beduschi A. (2017) The Big Data of International Migration: Which Obligations for States under International Human Rights Law, American Society of International Law (ASIL) Midyear Research Forum, St Louis (mo) Usa, 27th - 28th Oct 2017.
  • Beduschi AC. (2017) The Big Data of International Migration: Challenges and Obligations for States under International Human Rights Law, ESIL 2017 Conference - ESIL Interest Group on Migration and Refugee Law - Workshop on “The Future of International Migration Law”, Naples, Italy.
  • Beduschi A, Cinnamon J, Langford J, Luo C, Owen D. (2017) Building Digital Identities: The Challenges, Risks and Opportunities of Collecting Behavioural Attributes for new Digital Identity Systems, University of Exeter and Coelition, 40 pages.
  • Beduschi AC, Patsianta K. (2017) Protecting Migrant Children’s Rights.
  • Beduschi AC. (2017) Vulnerability on trial: human rights courts approaches to the protection of migrant children’s rights, Refugee Studies Centre, University of Oxford, Annual Conference, Beyond Crisis: Rethinking Refugee Studies, University Of Oxford, 16th - 17th Mar 2017.


  • Beduschi AC, Gill N, Patsianta K. (2016) Situation of children that migrate unaccompanied or separated from their parents: legal framework and evidence from practice in Greece, United Nations Committee on Migrant Workers. [PDF]
  • Beduschi AC. (2016) Written Evidence on unaccompanied minors in the EU (UME0008), House of Lords, EU Home Affairs Sub-Committee, Parliament UK, House of Lords. [PDF]



  • Beduschi AC. (2014) Critical exploration of the jurisprudence of the Inter-American Court of Human Rights on the protection of irregular immigrants’ rights, THE 2014 AHRI HUMAN RIGHTS RESEARCH CONFERENCE, University Of Copenhagen, 29th - 30th Sep 2014.
  • Beduschi AC. (2014) “The Ox and the Unicorn?” Critical exploration of the jurisprudence of the European and Inter-American Systems of Human Rights on the protection of aliens’ rights, The Society of Legal Scholars 2014 Conference, Nottingham, 11th - 12th Sep 2014.
  • Beduschi AC. (2014) An Empty Shell? Critical Reflection on the Social Integration of Third-Country Workers in the EU after the Single Permit Directive, Migration and Law Network 2014 Conference, London.
  • Beduschi AC. (2014) An Empty Shell? Social Integration of Third-Country Workers in the EU after the Single Permit Directive, CARFMS 2014 Conference, University Of Montreal, Montreal, Canada, 7th - 9th May 2014.
  • Beduschi AC. (2014) Detention of Undocumented Immigrants and the Judicial Impact of the CJEU's Decisions in France, International Journal of Refugee Law, volume 26, no. 3, pages 333-349, DOI:10.1093/ijrl/eeu033. [PDF]


  • Beduschi AC. (2013) Social rights of migrant workers in the EU: from fragmented unity to unified fragmentation, 2013 RCIS Conference Immigration and Settlement: Precarious Futures?, Ryerson University, Toronto, Canada, 15th - 17th May 2013.
  • Beduschi AC. (2013) The Ox and the Unicorn? Similarities and Differences between the European and Inter-American Courts of Human Rights, Common Law Society, Charles University, Summer School, Czech Republic, Czech Republic.


  • Beduschi AC. (2012) Environmental Migrations, 80th Congress of the ACFAS (Association francophone pour le savoir, Francophone Association for the Knowledge),, Montreal, Canada, 7th - 8th May 2012.


  • Beduschi AC. (2011) Global Governance of Environmental Migration, Venice Academy of Human Rights Summer School, Venice, Italy, 10th - 16th Jul 2011.
  • Beduschi AC. (2011) Gender Equality and Highly Qualified Migration in the EU, 10th Conference of the European Sociological Association, University Of Geneva, 7th - 10th Sep 2011.
  • Beduschi AC. (2011) La notion de loyauté en droit administratif [The Concept of Loyalty in French Administrative Law], AJDA, pages 944-951.
  • Beduschi AC. (2011) Immigration et intégration par les droits sociaux dans l’Union européenne [Immigration and Integration through Social Rights in the EU], Cahiers de la Chaire de Recherche en Immigration Ethnicité et Citoyenneté (CRIEC), no. 35, pages 76-93.
  • Beduschi AC. (2011) Les droits sociaux fondamentaux des ressortissants de pays tiers[Third-Country Nationals’ Fundamental Social rights. Analysis of EU Law], Editions Universitaires Europeennes.


  • Beduschi AC. (2010) Reception of Asylum seekers with disabilities in Europe, Forced Migrations Review, no. 35.
  • Beduschi AC. (2010) Pluralisme et subsidiarité en droit social communautaire [Pluralism and Subsidiarity in EU Social Law], Pluralisme et juges européens des droits de l'homme, Bruylant, 233-252.


  • Beduschi AC. (2008) La différenciation des droits attachés au statut de réfugié et la protection subsidiaire [Rights of Refugees and Subsidiary Protection], Cahiers de l'IDEDH, no. 12, pages 124-147.
  • Beduschi AC. (2008) Un parcours difficile : l’acquisition du statut de bénéficiaire de la protection internationale [A difficult path: acquisition of International Protection Status], Cahiers de l'IDEDH, no. 12, pages 64-97.

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Modules taught

  • LAW1035 - Constitutional and Administrative Law
  • LAW3173 - Technology and Human Rights Law
  • LAWM131 - Artificial Intelligence and the Law
  • LAWM155 - Human Rights and Digital Technologies

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Professor Beduschi holds a PhD in Law (2011) from the University of Montpellier 1, France. She also received an LLB degree in Law (in 2003), an LLM degree in International and European Law (Maîtrise in 2004), and an LLM degree in European Human Rights Law (Master 2 in 2005) from the University of Montpellier 1, France. She also holds an LLB degree in Law from the UNESP (University of the State of São Paulo, Brazil) obtained in 2000. She was admitted to the Bar as an Attorney-at-Law in São Paulo, Brazil, in 2001.

She has held Visiting Research Fellowships at the Max Planck Institute for Comparative Public Law and International Law in Heidelberg (2017) and the Geneva Academy of International Humanitarian Law and Human Rights (University of Geneva) (2019 and 2021-2022).

Her previous academic positions at the University of Exeter Law School include those of Lecturer (2012-2016), Senior Lecturer (2016-2019), and Associate Professor (2019-2022).

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