About us

The Autonomous University of Barcelona, also known as UAB (http://www.uab.cat), is one of the major public universities in Spain and it has been awarded 130 H2020 projects to date. It is located in Cerdanyola del Vallès, near the city of Barcelona in Catalonia, Spain. The university consists of 57 departments in the experimental, life, social and human sciences, spread among 13 faculties/schools. All these centres together award a total of 85 qualifications in the form of first degrees, diplomas, and engineering degrees. Moreover, almost 80 doctoral programs, and more than 80 other postgraduate programs are offered. UAB has more than 40,000 students and more than 3,600 academic and research staff. The UAB is a pioneering institution in terms of fostering research. There are many research institutes in the campus, as well as other research centres, technical support services and service-providing laboratories, and the ALBA (synchrotron) located in the Barcelona Synchrotron Park is very close to the UAB. The UAB is considered to be the third best University in Spain by the 2019 QS World University Rankings (QS WUR 2019), and ranked the university 145th overall in the world (THE WUR 2019). Further rankings are: Fifth best university in Spain by the Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU 2018); 13th best Young University in the world (THE YUR 2018), 12th best young University in the world (QS 50u50 2018), and second best university in Spain for scientific activity (Scimago Institutions Ranking 2018). The UAB is committed to RRI, and participates in several projects as an advisor for these concepts. The UAB aims to improve the professional career of researchers in keeping with the European Charter for Researchers and the Code of Conduct of the Recruitment of Researchers. This commitment has been recognized by the EC and in 2014 the UAB was awarded the HR Excellence in Research Logo.

The UAB Institute of Law and Technology (IDT), housed at the Faculty of Law, is a research centre promoting cutting-edge research on Law and Technology from an interdisciplinary perspective (http://idt.uab.es). The IDT was created in 2005 and emerged out of the former UAB Socio-legal Studies Group (GRES). At present, the areas of research include Data Protection, Ethics and regulations for the Web of Data; empowerment of citizens’ rights through technology; legal ontologies; the Semantic Web; alternative dispute resolution (ADR) and online dispute resolution (ODR); and Law and Artificial Intelligence.

The IDT-UAB team is able to take care of: (i) setting the normative requirements for the project approach; (ii) building the regulative model for the upcoming platform and workflow of data; (iii) carrying out the knowledge acquisition process; (iv) fleshing out the governance and ethical principles for the whole system; (v) taking care of the ongoing Data Protection enhancement in the European legislation; (vi) linking the project with the work of the Ethical Committee all along the development of the project; and (vii) semantics in order to provide interoperability among different European countries.

IDT-UAB researchers are also able to contribute significantly to the organization of specialized Workshops, and the dissemination of the project findings and results through scientific publications and presentations in the main Data Protection and Law & Technology Conferences and Workshops (EDPD, EDPP, IVR, Jurix, ICAIL, AICOL).