Dr Guido Noto La Diega

Associate Professor of IP & Privacy Law

Law University of Stirling, Pathfoot Building, Room A20, Stirling, FK9 4LA, United Kingdom

Dr Guido Noto La Diega

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An award-winning law academic with a passion for the legal issues in new technologies, Prof Guido Noto La Diega (they/them/he/him) 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.


Winner of the award for Best Tutor at the Recognising and Advancing Teaching Excellence (RATE) Awards 2021
Winner of the award for Best Tutor at the Recognising and Advancing Teaching Excellence (RATE) Awards 2021 “He is an outstanding teacher who is passionate about education and helping his students. He is a fantastic tutor who takes the time to know his students. A friendly character who was great to be taught by during the pandemic. He is the type of teacher that you will remember years after graduation.”

Community Contribution

Commission Expert Group on AI and Data in Education and Training
The European Commission has appointed Associate Professor Guido Noto La Diega to the Expert Group on Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Data in Education and Training (the ‘Expert Group’). With the Digital Education Action Plan 2021-2027, the European Commission presented its strategic view on addressing the impact of the COVID-19 crisis, as well as the long-term digital transformation of education and training systems. Under the first priority of the Action Plan the Commission proposed to address the ethical implications and challenges of using artificial intelligence and data in education and training. As member of the Expert Group, Noto La Diega will contribute to the development of ethical guidelines on artificial intelligence and data in education and training, as well as providing advice to the European Commission’s Directorate-General for Education, Youth, Sports and Culture (DG EAC) and Directorate-General for Communications Networks, Content and Technology (‘DG CNECT’). Thus, the Expert Group will have a direct impact on the future of education in the Europe, making sure that our sector improves in terms of performance while remaining inclusive, protective of fundamental rights, and diverse.

Knowledge partner of the W20 UK Delegation
Womeon 20 (W20) UK Delegation is an official G20 engagement group

External Examiners and Validations

PhD External Examiner – School of Advanced Studies, University of London; Alma Mater Studiorum - Università di Bologna; Université du Luxembourg; Katholieke Universiteit Leuven

Other Academic Activities

Expert Advisory Board Member for “Regulating to Protect Security and Privacy in the Consumer Internet of Things” research project led by Professor David Lindsay (University of Technology Sidney) and funded by ACCAN (Australian Communications Consumer Action Network)