Course Features

Language English
Hours 12
Type Lessons


Modern science features an increasing drift to support openness in the whole research cycle. New policies have been developed to sustain this trend of allowing and promoting accessibility to the outputs of publicly funded research, mainly scientific publications and research data. However, the current legal background, traditionally closed and restricted, represents to some extent a tangible barrier. Under these premises, the module offers an introduction to open science and the law, particularly intellectual property law, privacy and data protection, to postgraduate students of any disciplines.
Special attention is given to Open Access Publications, Open Research Data, Open Peer Review and Open Educational Resources.
No previous legal knowledge is required as students will learn the core dynamics affecting the open science world, focusing on the opportunities and the benefits of making science and research open while being introduced to the legal constraints that risk endangering this treasured process.
The module comprises short lecturers and practical demos, hands-on activities and discussions. Reading the learning materials is essential and active participation in class is required.


Roberto Caso, co-director of Trento LawTech Group, is Associate Professor of Comparative Private Law at the University of Trento, Faculty of Law, where he teaches Civil Law [Diritto civile], Comparative Intellectual Property Law, Comparative Privacy Law, Copyright law and Art, Private Law and ICTs.
He is the author and editor of many publications in the field of Intellectual Property, Privacy, Contract Law and Tort Law.
He is President of the Italian Association for the Promotion of Open Science AISA. Associate Member of the Centre for Intellectual Property Policy (CIPP) di McGill University, Faculty of Law (Montréal)


Giulia Dore (Ph.D. Comparative and European Legal Studies, Doctor Europeaus, 2014) is a Research Fellow at the University of Trento, Faculty of Law, where she teaches copyright law and Art.
She has valuable international experience and most recently she worked at the University of Glasgow, School of Law, CREATe, Scotland, UK.
Her research interests include the interplay of social and legal norms in the framework of intellectual property rights, the impact of digitisation and open access archives in cultural heritage and academia, and more broadly the development of open science policies.