An award-winning law academic with a passion for the legal issues in new technologies, Prof Guido Noto La Diega is Associate Professor of Intellectual Property (IP) Law and Privacy Law at the University of Stirling, Faculty of Arts and Humanities, where they lead the IP and Media Law modules and carry out research at the Centre for Research into Information, Surveillance, and Privacy. Prof Noto La Diega’s main expertise is in Internet of Things, Artificial Intelligence, cloud computing, robotics, and blockchain. Their work is animated by the conviction that the law should steer the development of new technologies in an anthropocentric direction.
Holder of a PhD (Unipa), a postdoc (QMUL), and an HEA Fellowship, Prof Noto La Diega has published in leading international journals such as the European Intellectual Property Review and European Journal of Law & Technology and appeared on mainstream popular press such as CNET, Il Sole 24 Ore, and Wired. Prof Noto La Diega’s works – published in English, Italian, Russian, and Korean – have been cited by the EU Court of Justice's Advocate General, the House of Lords, the World Economic Forum, the European Commission, and the Council of Europe, amongst others.
Prof Noto La Diega has a strong bidding record, having been funded by the Royal Society of Edinburgh, Microsoft, the Society of Legal Scholars, the British and Irish Law Education and Technology Association, the Modern Law Review, Russia’s Ministry of Education and Science, Italy’s Ministry of Education, and Santander. They have decennial academic experience in the UK, Italy, Germany, Switzerland, Russia, and Brazil and they have presented their research in prestigious venues including the WTO Public Forum in Geneva and the Computers, Privacy & Data Protection Conference in Brussels.
Outside of Stirling, Prof Noto La Diega is a member of the European Commission’s Expert Group on AI and Data in Education and Training; Chair of the Royal Society of Edinburgh Research Network SCOTLIN (Scottish Law and Innovation Network); Director of ‘Ital-IoT’ Centre of Multidisciplinary Research on the Internet of Things; Visiting Professor at the University of Macerata; Fellow of the Nexa Center for Internet and Society; Research Associate at the UCL Centre for Blockchain Technologies; Co-founder & Fellow of NINSO Northumbria Internet & Society Research Group; and Trustee & Executive Committee Member of the Society of Legal Scholars, the oldest and largest society of law academics in the UK and the Republic of Ireland.
Alongside research and teaching, Prof Noto La Diega is a qualified lawyer called to the Bar of Italy in 2013, Co-founder of consultancy firm DPA2018, consultant of the Scottish Government, and LGBTQ+ rights activist.