Researcher, Law and Artificial Intelligence

European University Institute


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.


  • Automated decision-making
  • Value pluralism
  • Computer simulation
  • AI Regulation
  • AI Ethics


  • 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

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