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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 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' (bottom-up 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 harmonized with the current models of risk governance which are predominantly top-down.

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 Member of Tilburg Law School PhD Council Board as Policy Advisor for Education and Sustainability. She is Member of The Netherlands Network for Human Rights Research. 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, 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., Towards a map-based accountability for environmental health risk? The case of the Equatorial Asian Haze, published 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., El uso de drones para informar decisiones políticas sobre la calidad del agua, número 46, Carta Circular de Recursos Hídricos, CEPAL, Santiago de Chile, June 2017. 
  • Berti Suman A., In Search for the Value of Connectivity: Accountable Citizens Fostering Accountable Governance via Connectivity, published 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., A universal obligation of enforcing environmental justice? The Chevron-Texaco case as an example of the actual system's failure, Environmental Law Blog, Tilburg University,Tilburg, December 2016.     Berti Suman A., The Canadian ruling: towards a global enforceability of environmental justice in Our Lands, our rights, Cultural Survival Quarterly, June 2016.
  • Berti Suman A., Presupuesto participativo en agua y saneamiento: una oportunidad para los usuarios, número 43, Carta Circular de Recursos Hídricos, CEPAL, Santiago de Chile, July 2015.

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Last amended: 03 December 2017