Marco Almada is a doctoral researcher at the European University Institute. His research interests interests include the regulation of automated decision-making, the integration between legal and technology requirements along the life cycle of AI systems, and the relevance of non-ideal ethical theories, such as Amartya Sen’s, to the construction of fair AI systems.
Before joining the EUI as a researcher, Almada pursued a Bachelor of Laws degree at the University of São Paulo, and computing degrees (BSCS, MSc) at the University of Campinas. His master’s thesis concerned the use of simulations as tools for obtaining knowledge about social phenomena, a topic that proved itself relevant for research on the law of artificial intelligence.
Outside academia, Almada has worked as a senior researcher on Artificial Intelligence and Law at the Lawgorithm think tank, being involved in research and policy projects. He has also worked as a business-oriented data scientist for companies at various levels. Almada also has non-professional interests in Association Football (FC Bayern), science fiction, urbanism, international security, and silly puns.
PhD in Law, 2024
European University Institute
MSc in Computer Engineering, 2018
University of Campinas
LLB in Law, 2020
University of São Paulo
BSc in Computer Science, 2014
University of Campinas
In October 2020, legendary science fiction author Kim Stanley Robinson published his final book-length story: The Ministry for the Future. The book’s story begins with a massive heatwave in India in the near future, which kills millions of people and spurs global action. Most of the narrative is centred on the so-called Ministry, an international organisation based on Zurich and created with limited powers to defend the interests of the future generations within the Paris Agreement framework.
Happy New Year, everyone! The start of this new year also brings my second term in Italy, after a very productive (but exhausting!) first term. In the last few months, I learned much and meet various colleagues and professors, and joined some interesting projects. However, I have not blogged as much as I planned, and that is something I intend to change, as blog posts seem a good medium for texts that are too big for a reasonable Twitter thread and too informal (or still undeveloped) for a paper.
Like many scholars, I did not get much published in 2020. However, one of my projects that did move forward is a book chapter on Dune and corporate law, written in Portuguese (with João Gabriel Arato Ferreira) for a book on geek law. In this chapter, we analyse the corporate structure of the CHOAM Company, a major player in the first books of the Dune series, and compare it with Brazilian corporate law.
Arrigo Sacchi is a famous football coach, who led Milan to back-to-back European titles and took the Italian National Team to the 1994 World Cup Final 1. Unusually for a world-class manager, Sacchi had never played football professionally, which led unsympathetic outsiders to question his credentials as a manager. His response to this line of criticism, however, became famous in footballing circles: “A jockey has never been a horse, either”.
Principles and implementations of legal norms that enable data subjects to contest automated decision-making that affects them.
Investigating how AI can bring new tools and questions for legal philosophy.