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A. Berti Suman


Tilburg Law School
Tilburg Institute for Law, Technology, and Society (TILT)


Anna is particularly interested in understanding the impact of technology on human beings and the environment; the consequences of environmental factors on human health; the potential of participatory approaches for environmental/health risk governance; the potential of monitoring/self-tracking technologies for citizens and patients' empowerment; the ethical and legal challenges of biomedical big data; the concept of Citizen Sensing/Science and of Responsible Research & Innovation. Besides academia, Anna volunteers for non-governmental organizations on health and environmental related topics and actions.



Anna Berti Suman is a PhD researcher at Tilburg Institute for Law, Technology and Society. Her PhD project aims at investigating how 'Citizen Sensing' (grassroots initiated monitoring initiatives based on ICT in general and in particular on sensors) affects the governance of public/environmental health risk and how it can be integrated with the current institutional models of risk governance.

Anna has a background in Law from the University of Bologna (BA, MA, cum laude) and Transnational Law from the University of Geneva. Her specializations are Health Law and Technology, International and European Environmental Law, and Sustainable Innovation. She also holds a solid education in Comparative Constitutionalism and Constitutional Law. She has work and research experience in the health sector (Royal Brompton and Chelsea & Westminster Hospitals, London), Extractive Industries (Unión de Afectados y Afectadas por las Operaciones Petroleras de Texaco, Ecuador) and Water Law (Comisión Económica para América Latina y el Caribe, and Fundación Chile, Chile).

Anna is part of the University Council of Tilburg University as member of the employees? party ?The Independents?. Anna was forrmerly member of Tilburg Law School PhD Council Board as Policy Advisor for Sustainability. She is Member of The Netherlands Network for Human Rights Research and of the The Italian Society for Social Studies of Science and Technology. She is part of the team of LabGov - Laboratory for the Governance of the City as a Commons of LUISS University, Rome. Anna is IEEE General Member, and Specific Member of IEEE Society on Social Implications of Technology and of IEEE Computer Society. She is also member of the Geneva Association of Comparative and Transnational Law, of the Italian Bone Marrow Donor Registry and of the Global Environmental Justice Network. She is part of the board of CoRenewal, non-profit organization aimed to ecosystem restoration and health. 

Principal publications

  • Berti Suman A. (2018) "Challenging risk governance patterns through citizen sensing: the Schiphol Airport case", International Review of Law, Computers & Technology, Volume 32, Issue 1. DOI: 10.1080/13600869.2018.1429186.
  • Berti Suman A. (2017) "Towards a map-based accountability for environmental health risk? The case of the Equatorial Asian Haze" in: Proceedings of the 13th International Conference on Internet, Law & Politics, "Managing Risk In the Digital Society", Universitat Oberta de Catalunya, Barcelona, 29-30 June, 2017. ISBN: 978-84-697-4474-1.
  • Berti Suman A. (2017) "In Search for the Value of Connectivity: Accountable Citizens Fostering Accountable Governance via Connectivity" in: Proceedings of the 2017 IEEE International Conference on Cloud Engineering (IC2E), Vancouver, 4-7 April, 2017. DOI: 10.1109/IC2E.2017.49.  
  • Berti Suman, A. (2018) "The smart transition: an opportunity for a sensor-based public-health risk governance?". International Review of Law, Computers & Technology. DOI:10.1080/13600869.2018.1463961. 
  • Berti Suman, A. (2018). The Human Right to Water in Latin America. Challenges to Implementation and Contribution to the Concept. Brill Research Perspectives in International Water Law 3(2): 1- 94. Leiden: Koninklijke Brill. DOI: 10.1163/23529369-12340010.

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Last amended: 16 July 2018