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Professor Ana Beduschi

Professor of Law


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Dr 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.

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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Research interests

  • 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 supervision

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)



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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