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.


Highly Commended at Research Culture Awards 2022 in the ‘Outstanding Leadership’ category

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)

Professional qualification

Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA)

Research (3)

Assoc Prof Noto La Diega's research interests centre on IP and its intersections with internet law, having co-founded and directed a research centre and group that develop and exchange multidisciplinary knowledge of law, current technological developments and their impact on society.

Noto La Diega has an established track record of high quality publishing, authoring or co-authoring some 90 publications including books and peer-reviewed articles in international journals in the UK, Italy, Germany, Belgium, India, and South Korea.

They have published in the main journals in my field, such as the Journal of Intellectual Property Law & Practice (Oxford University Press), where their paper on fashion law is the 7th most read in the last 12 months; and the European Intellectual Property Review (Sweet & Maxwell), where his paper on software patents was listed in SSRN's Top Ten in a number of categories including Patents and International Intellectual Property Protection.


The Scottish Law and Innovation Network
PI: Dr Guido Noto La Diega
Funded by: The Royal Society of Edinburgh

Zooming in on Privacy and Copyright Issues in Remote Teaching
PI: Dr Guido Noto La Diega
Funded by: British and Irish Law Education and Technology Association

Are We Owned? A Multidisciplinary and Comparative Conversation on Intellectual Property in the Algorithmic Society
PI: Dr Guido Noto La Diega
Funded by: Modern Law Review

Outputs (59)


Book Chapter

Noto La Diega G, Priora G, Jütte BJ & Pascault L (2022) Capturing the Uncapturable: The Relationship between Universities and Copyright through the Lens of the Audio-Visual Lecture Capture Policies. In: Bonadio E & Sappa C (eds.) The Subjects of Literary and Artistic Copyright. Cheltenham: Edward Elgar. https://www.e-elgar.com/shop/gbp/the-subjects-of-literary-and-artistic-copyright-9781800881754.html


Noto La Diega G & Sappa C (2020) The Internet of Things (IoT) at the intersection of data protection and trade secrets. Non-conventional paths to counter data appropriation and empower consumers. European Journal of Consumer Law/ Revue européenne de droit de la consommation, 2020 (3), pp. 419-458. https://www.jurisquare.be/en/journal/redc/2020-3/the-internet-of-things-iot-at-the-intersection-of-data-protection-and-trade-secrets-non-conventional/shop/index.htm

Website Content

Ducato R, Priora G, Angiolini C, Giannopoulou A, Justin Jütte B, Noto La Diega G, Pascault L & Schneider G (2020) Emergency Remote Teaching: a study of copyright and data protection terms of popular online services (Part I). Kluwer Copyright Blog [Blog post] 27.05.2020. http://copyrightblog.kluweriplaw.com/2020/05/27/emergency-remote-teaching-a-study-of-copyright-and-data-protection-terms-of-popular-online-services-part-i/

Edited Book

Hamilton F & Noto La Diega G (eds.) (2020) Same-Sex Relationships, Law and Social Change. Routledge. https://www.routledge.com/Same-Sex-Relationships-Law-and-Social-Change-1st-Edition/Hamilton-Noto-La-Diega/p/book/9780429021589


Noto La Diega G (2019) Блокчейн, смарт-контракты и авторское право [Blockchain, Smart Contracts, and Copyright Law]. ИНСТИТУТ ГОСУДАРСТВА И ПРАВА РОССИЙСКОЙ АКАДЕМИИ НАУК/Proceedings of the Institute of State and Law of the RAS, 14 (3), Art. No.: 9. https://doi.org/10.35427/2073-4522-2019-14-3-notoladiega

Book Chapter

Noto La Diega G & Stacey J (2019) Can Permissionless Blockchains be Regulated and Resolve Some of the Problems of Copyright Law?. In: Ragnedda M & Destefanis G (eds.) Blockchain and Web 3.0: Social, Economic, and Technological Challenges. Routledge Studies in Science, Technology and Society, 41. London: Routledge, pp. 30-47. https://www.routledge.com/Blockchain-and-Web-30-Social-Economic-and-Technological-Challenges/Ragnedda-Destefanis/p/book/9780367139841

Book Chapter

La Diega GN (2018) Data as Digital Assets. The Case of Targeted Advertising. In: Bakhoum M, Conde Gallego B, Mackenrodt M & Surblyte-Namaviciene G (eds.) Personal Data in Competition, Consumer Protection and Intellectual Property Law: Towards a Holistic Approach?. MPI Studies on Intellectual Property and Competition Law. Berlin: Springer, pp. 445-499. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-662-57646-5

Book Chapter

Noto La Diega G (2018) Grinding privacy in the Internet of Bodies. An empirical qualitative research on dating mobile applications for men who have sex with men. In: Leenes R, van Brakel R, Gutwirth S & De Hert P (eds.) Data Protection and Privacy: The Internet of Bodies. Computers, Privacy and Data Protection. February 15, 2018: Hart Publishing, pp. 21-69. https://www.bloomsburyprofessional.com/uk/data-protection-and-privacy-9781509926206/


Noto La Diega G (2018) Against the Dehumanisation of Decision-Making-Algorithmic Decisions at the Crossroads of Intellectual Property, Data Protection, and Freedom of Information. JIPITEC - Journal of Intellectual Property, Information Technology and E-Commerce Law, 9 (1). https://www.jipitec.eu/issues/jipitec-9-1-2018/4677/?searchterm=noto%20la%20diega

Policy Document

Noto La Diega G, Bessant C, Thanaraj A, Giles C, Kreitem H & Allsopp R (2018) “The internet: to regulate or not to regulate?” Submission to House of Lords Select Committee on Communications' inquiry. House of Lords. http://data.parliament.uk/writtenevidence/committeeevidence.svc/evidencedocument/communications-committee/the-internet-to-regulate-or-not-to-regulate/written/82651.html

Book Chapter

Noto La Diega G & Winkler MM (2017) La trascrizione del matrimonio omosessuale celebrato all’estero [The effects of foreign same-sex marriages in private international law]. In: Cagnazzo A & Preite F (eds.) Il riconoscimento degli status familiari acquisiti all’estero. Teoria e pratica del diritto. Civile e processo. Milan: Giuffrè, pp. 377-407.

Newspaper Article

Noto La Diega G (2017) Corte d’appello di Genova: riconoscimento automatico di adozione omogenitoriale nazionale straniera [Court of Appeals of Genoa: automatic recognition of foreign same-sex adoptions]. Articolo 29. 04.12.2017. http://www.articolo29.it/2017/corte-dappello-genova-riconoscimento-automatico-adozione-omogenitoriale-nazionale-straniera/

Conference Paper (unpublished)

Noto La Diega G, Carr S, Davies G, Dunn R, Jackson A & Piasecki E (2017) Brexit and the Law School. Brexit and the Law School, Newcastle upon Tyne, 25.05.2017-25.05.2017. http://www.legalscholars.ac.uk/wp-content/uploads/2017/06/Northumbria.docx

Book Chapter

La Diega GN (2016) In light of the ends. Copyright hysteresis and private copy exception after the British Academy of Songwriters, Composers and Authors (BASCA) and others v Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills case. In: Falce V, Gambino AM, Maggio E, Moscati E, Romano R, Ronco M & Valditara G (eds.) Studi Giuridici Europei 2014. Universita Europea de Roma, 2014. Turin: Giappichelli, pp. 39-60. https://www.giappichelli.it/studi-giuridici-europei


Noto La Diega G (2016) Clouds of Things: Data Protection and Consumer Law at the Intersection of Cloud Computing and the Internet of Things in the United Kingdom [사물클라우드 : 클라우드 컴퓨팅과 사물인터넷의 교차점에서의 영국의 정보보호와 소비자법]. Journal of Law and Economic Regulation, 9 (1), pp. 69-93. https://www.dbpia.co.kr/Journal/articleDetail?nodeId=NODE06717476


Alovisio M, Blengino C, Ciurcina M, Gallus GB, La Diega GN, Pagallo U, Travostino M, Vaciago G & Zampella P (2015) The Law of Service Robots. Nexa Center for Internet and Scoiety. https://nexa.polito.it/nexacenterfiles/robots-2015.pdf


Noto La Diega G (2015) La Trascrizione Del Certificato Di Nascita Del Figlio Di Coniugi'Same Sex'. Filiazione Omogenitoriale, Ordine Pubblico Internazionale E Interesse Del Minore Nella Recente Giurisprudenza Torinese [The Registration of the Birth Certificate of a Same-Sex Spouses’ Son. Same-Sex Progeny, Public International Order and Interest of the Minor in the Recent Turin Case Law]. Diritto civile contemporaneo, II (I).


Noto La Diega G (2013) I Programmi Per Elaboratore EI Confini Del Diritto D'Autore: La Corte Di Giustizia Nega La Tutela a Funzionalità, Linguaggio Di Programmazione E Formato Dei File Di Dati (Computer Programs and the Boundaries of Copyright: The Court of Justice Denies Protection to Functionalities, Programming Language and Formats of Data Files). Rivista di Diritto dell'Economia, dei Trasporti e dell'Ambiente, X, pp. 69-96. http://www.giureta.unipa.it/2013/6_Noto_La_Diega_DirPriv_07062013.pdf

Conference Paper (unpublished)

Noto La Diega G (2013) Proprietà e proprietà intellettuale nella Carta di Nizza [Property and Intellectual Property in the Charter of Fundamental Rights of the European Union]. XXI Incontro del Coordinamento dei Dottorati di ricerca in diritto privato, Messina, Italy, 30.05.2013-01.06.2013. http://www.dotpriv.it/files/brochure_salina.pdf



Teaching is a passion at the core of Assoc Prof Guido Noto La Diega's experience. They have designed and delivered high quality programmes at undergraduate and postgraduate levels. At Stirling, they are module tutor of Intellectual Property and Media Law; and have previously designed an LLM.

Noto La Diega has extensive experience delivering distance learning through digital and online platforms, such as Blackboard Extra; most recently running an IP module on a hybrid online Information Rights LLM. They have a significant record in attracting and supervising UK, European and international postgraduates.

Assoc Prof Noto La Diega is committed and dedicated to providing high quality, inspiration and motivational teaching at all levels, through an embrace of digital technologies and a focus on diversity and equalities. As a queer-identifying migrant, they aim to foster – through an intersectional approach – teaching environments that ensure all students can realise their full potential in a safe, inclusive, and stimulating environment. Their ‘queer’ approach is student-centred, and embraces technology in subject matter and in curricula design, and firmly grounds ways of teaching and researching that extend beyond HE to broader social and political debates.