Public event

Book presentation - Sovereignty, Technology and Governance after COVID-19: Legal Challenges in a Post-Pandemic Europe

A panel discussion with authors Prof. Deirdre Curtin (EUI Law), Tommaso Fia (EUI Law) and Sarah Tas (EUI Law), chaired by co-editors Francisco de Abreu Duarte (EUI) and Francesca Palmiotto (Centre for Fundamental Rights, Hertie School). Speakers will discuss the regulatory landscape in a post-Covid 19 world, based on their contribution to ‘Sovereignty, Technology and Governance after COVID-19: Legal Challenges in a Post-Pandemic Europe’.

About the book:

This book imagines how Europe might re-organise and re-group after the COVID-19 crisis by assessing its effectiveness when responding to it. For this purpose, it directs its focus on sovereignty challenges, technological challenges and governance challenges. These three challenges do not present hermetic legal problems, but rather intersect and connect on different levels. This edited volume demonstrate this by examining the relationship between public and private powers, illustrating how the rise of technocratic authority is deeply connected to the choice of technological solutions. It illustrates how constitutional decisions taken during states of emergency give rise to private governance challenges related to cybersecurity and data protection. The book includes contributions by experts from the fields of EU governance, data protection, and technology.


  • Deirdre Curtin is the Director of the Centre for Judicial Cooperation at the Robert Schuman Centre and a Full-time Professor at the Department of Law, European University Institute. Prior to joining the EUI, Prof. Curtin held the Chair in European Law and Governance at the University of Amsterdam where she was also the founding Director of the Amsterdam Centre of European Law and Governance. Earlier, she held the Chair in European and International Governance at the Utrecht School of Governance of the University of Utrecht and the Chair in the Law of International Organizations at the Faculty of Law of the University of Utrecht.

  • Tommaso Fia is a PhD Researcher in the Department of Law of the European University Institute (EUI). His research interests encompass data governance, private law, and the commons.

  • Sarah Tas is a PhD Researcher at the European University working on ‘the supervision of Europol’s processing and exchange of personal data’. She has published on various topics ranging from European agencies, particularly Frontex and Europol, to Court of Justice case-law.


  • Francisco de Abreu Duarte is a PhD Researcher in the Department of Law at the European University Institute and a former visiting scholar at U.C. Berkeley. His thesis focuses on the dynamics between public and private power in the regulation of digital platforms. His publications include articles in the European Journal of International Law, and regular contributions to several blogs. He is co-founder and web designer of The Digital Constitutionalist (DigiCon) and a WHO Consultant for Health Disinformation.

  • Francesca Palmiotto is a postdoctoral researcher at Hertie School's Centre for Fundamental Rights working in the project "AFAR: Algorithmic Fairness for Asylum Seekers and Refugees" funded by the Volkswagen Foundation. Her PhD thesis is entitled “Transparent Automated Evidence”. Francesca is the co-founder and editor of the blog DigiCon (The Digital Constitutionalist). Her research interests are related more broadly to Law and Tech, with a specific focus on procedural fairness of automated decisions and evidence.


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