Staff members with discipline Law, Multidisciplinary Approaches
Academia develops at the interface of different fields. This is one reason why the University of Groningen is home to a wide range of fields, each with a great number of subject specialists. The overview below, which is based on a standard categorization of fields, will help you find the right expert for each field. If you cannot find the expert you are looking for in this list, try searching via a related field or faculty; you may find him or her there.
Data Protection Law
Privacy, communication technologies and indigenous peoples
His research mostly focuses on humor and satire across media, with particular but not exclusive attention to literature. He has authored the monographs Laughter from Realism to Modernism (Oxford: Legenda, 2015) and La scemenza del mondo (Pisa: ETS, 2011, Edinburgh Gadda First Prize), as well as several articles and book chapters on theories and practices of humor from the 18th century to the present.
He is currently developing a project on legal controversies regarding humor and freedom of expression, and he is the organizer of the summer school ‘Humor and Satire in Contemporary Europe: Cultural, Political, and Legal Perspectives’ (two editions, July 2018 and 2019). Since January 2020, he is the Principal Investigator of the NETIAS Constructive Advanced Thinking project 'Cartoons in Court: Towards a Forensic Analysis of Visual Humor' (main host: Institute for Advanced Study CEU Budapest, 2020-2023). His research areas also include international Modernism, Law and Literature, Posthumanism, Narrative Theory and Cognitive Studies.
- Human Rights in the Digital Age.
- Privacy and Data Protection.
- Digital Identity.
- Digital Technologies for Governance purposes (incl. ‘Blockchain’).
- Security and Surveillance in context of the rule of law.
- Personal Data and Time (‘right to be forgotten’).
- Internet Governance.
Teaching: Public international law; International human rights law; Legal English
Her current research focuses on two aspects: (a) Construction of legal citizenships in South Asia and (b) use of hateful narrative in creation of identity and belonging.
Dr Mando Rahcovitsa holds an Assistant Professorship in International Law at the University of Groningen since August 2016. She read for her PhD at the School of Law, University of Nottingham (UK) on the topic of fragmentation of international law. Upon completion of her PhD thesis, she took up an Assistant Professorship in International Law at Qatar University where she taught international law and human rights (2013-2016).
She was the Lecturer of the Year (Faculty of Law, University of Groningen, 2017) making her the first woman, international member of staff and non-Dutch speaker to get this award in the Faculty of Law. She was a visiting scholar at Melbourne Law School, Institute for International Law and the Humanities (July 2019). She is a barrister and solicitor (Greece, 2006 - present) (currently non-practicing). Dr Rachovitsa has advised the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Netherlands, and the Ministry of Interior of Qatar on Internet regulation and policy. She has given expert feedback to the UN Special Rapporteur on Privacy regarding the draft legal instrument on government surveillance and privacy and provided written comments. She is a participant to the Research Group on Human Rights Protocols Considerations (Internet Research Task Force) drafting human rights related guidelines to be considered by the engineering community when creating and updating Internet standards.
Overview of Research
Her research interests lie in the area of public international law and international human rights law. Her research straddles on two main areas. In the first strand of research she explores judicial dispute settlement, including interpretational and jurisdictional issues across international courts and the expertise of judges. The second strand of research addresses the relevance of international law and human rights to Internet regulation. She writes on international transfers of data, and how public interest considerations may inform law-making and the institutional design of Internet global governance bodies. At the moment she is working on the research project “Making the hidden visible: Co-designing for public values in standards-making and governance” funded by the Dutch Research Council (NWO) (March 2020 - March 2024). For more details please see Projects on this webpage.