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Junior Fellows

Maria Cristina Gaeta

Maria Cristina Gaeta holds a JD (summa cum laude) from Suor Orsola Benincasa University of Naples, and a Ph.D. in Private Law (summa cum laude) from the Federico II University of Naples. Currently she is a Fellow at the Research Centre of European Private Law (ReCEPL) and at the Integrated laboratory of innovative technologies for social sciences “Scienza Nuova” (Living Lab Utopia), Suor Orsola Benincasa University of Naples, as well as member of the Academy of European Private Lawyers. Maria Cristina has been a Visiting Researcher at Queen Mary University of London, at the Institute of Advanced Legal Studies of London (2017), and at the University of Àvila, Spain (2013-2014). Her research interests range from Robotics and Artificial Intelligence to Internet of Things and Product Liability. She is author of several publications and member of the Editorial Board of the European Journal of Privacy Law and Technologies and Familia Journal. She is a practicing attorney in Naples.

Francesca Episcopo

Francesca Episcopo holds a degree in law summa cum laude from the University of Pisa (2014), with a specialization in private law and comparative private law. She earned a MJur (Magister Juris – Master of Laws) at the University of Oxford (2016) and a Ph.D. in private law at the University of Pisa (2019). She also qualified for practicing as a lawyer in Italy (2016). Since 2018 Francesca is a research fellow at the Dirpolis Institute, where she works on various European projects (such as the H2020 project INBOTS), studies (such as SAFENES, a study commissioned by the European Commission), and initiatives on the regulation of robotics and artificial intelligence. Her research mainly focuses on liability rules and insurance models for robotics, standardization, product safety certification, data protection and management, robo-ethics, and users’ acceptance of robotics and AI. She was invited to discuss several issues connected to the regulation of robotics and AI at the European Parliament, during the EYE - European Youth Event, as well as before the ITRE Committee, during the EYE Parliamentary Hearings.