Carlotta Rigotti is post-doc researcher at eLaw – Center for Law and Digital Technologies (Leiden University), where she works on the intersection between law, technology, gender, and sexuality.
Besides some teaching commitments, she works on the Horizon Europe BIAS project: Mitigating diversity biases of AI in the labour market. Overall, she has an extensive experience in drafting and implementing research projects funded by the European Commission, especially when covering the intersection between law, technology, and gender. Together with prof. Clare McGlynn, Carlotta has drafted the preparatory work for the thematic paper on the digital dimension of violence against women, which was published by the Group of Experts on Action against Violence against Women and Domestic Violence of the Council of Europe in November 2022. At present, she is also working on the regulation of online and technology-facilitated violence, including the new frontiers of the metaverse.
Carlotta has authored several publications, including articles in leading international journals and laypersons’ magazines. Her most prominent publications cover a critical analysis of the European Commission proposal for a directive on combating violence against women and domestic violence, with special regard to the suggested criminalisation of rape and image-based sexual abuse.
She is also an affiliated member of the Fundamental Rights Research Centre of the Vrije Universiteit Brussel (BE), where she discussed her PhD in law in April 2023. Her PhD thesis tried to define a proposal for the legitimate regulation of sex robotics and draws on how prostitution and pornography laws have played out in practice in Europe. Based on her expertise, Carlotta has contributed to the creation and coordination of the Italian Research Group on Prostitution and Sex Work (GRIPS). Also, she is part of VULNERA, namely the International Observatory on Vulnerable People in Data Protection. Carlotta has been a visiting scholar at Durham Law School (UK) and the Max Planck Institute for the Study of Crime, Security, and Law (DE) in 2021 and 2022.
Previously, Carlotta was trained as criminal and migration lawyer in Torino, got the International and European Legal Studies Certificate from Antwerpen Universiteit (BE), and held a master’s degree in law (110/110 cum laude) from Università degli Studi di Torino (IT). She wrote her final dissertation on prostitution and fundamental rights from a comparative and constitutional perspective. An excerpt of her dissertation was published on Studi di Genere. Quaderni di Donne & Ricerca, 2019, No. 3.