Researcher, Law and Artificial Intelligence

European University Institute


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Marco Almada is a doctoral researcher at the European University Institute. His current doctrinal research deals with the limits of technology-neutral regulation of AI technologies, with special focus on the relevance of technical factors for administrative law. He also has broader theoretical interests in science and technology studies, the philosopy of science, and legal theory.

Before joining the EUI as a researcher, Almada has obtained degrees in law (LL.B. 2020, USP) and computing (BS 2014, MSc 2018, both at Unicamp). His master’s thesis in computing investigated 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 of various sizes in a few industries.


  • Law and technology
  • Regulation by design
  • Data protection law (Brazil, EU)
  • Legal reasoning
  • Administrative law (EU)
  • Science fiction and the law
  • Otters and their conservation
  • FC Bayern München


  • PhD in Law, 2024

    European University Institute

  • LLM in Comparative, European and International Laws, 2021

    European University Institute

  • LLB in Law, 2020

    University of São Paulo

  • MSc in Computer Engineering, 2018

    University of Campinas

  • BSc in Computer Science, 2014

    University of Campinas

Recent Posts


Human Intervention in Automated Decision-Making

Principles and implementations of legal norms that enable data subjects to contest automated decision-making that affects them.

Artificial Intelligence and the Philosophy of Law

Investigating how AI can bring new tools and questions for legal philosophy.

Social Simulation

Investigating how simulations of social phenomena are used in academia and elsewhere as decision-aiding tools.

Recent Publications

(2021). Voice-Based Diagnosis of Covid-19: Ethical and Legal Challenges. International Data Privacy Law.


(2020). Direito à revisão de decisões automatizadas. USP Law School.

PDF Project

(2020). Acesso a Dados de Processos Judiciais no Brasil. Lawgorithm.


(2020). Privacy and Data Protection Constraints to Automated Decision-Making in the Judiciary. PLSC-Europe 2020 (Cancelled due to Covid).

PDF Project