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The research group addresses a range of issues related to Internet law, European law, Constitutional law, Judicial protection of Fundamental rights in the Digital era


We deem it necessary to start with a methodological introduction. In designing and conducting our research we will choose a bottom-up method. This seems very suitable since the theme - the new rights and the new forms of protection in the age of the Internet - is a rapidly evolving field, and as such it is susceptible to change day by day. Therefore a legal framework well tailored to this area can only be founded in a constant observation of the empirical data.

The Internet has a pervasive and growing worldwide impact on economic, social and political life. In democratic countries the debate on the Internet is focused on the basic question if the net be regulated and how.

In this context, on one hand, the first part of the project will answer to the following questions: Which authority should be vested with the power of writing the fundamental Charter of the net? Should it be an international body through an authoritative hard-law regulation, or the community of Internet ‘surfers’ through self-regulation? Or the third way of a mixed body: public and private together, as the previous mix between hard law and soft law suggests? And which basic values such a legislator would have to accept and enforce in drawing up a discipline well suited to the net?

On the other hand, the aim of the second part of the project is to answer to the following research questions. 1) How is it possible to reconcile the academic studies on Internet law with the broader debate related, on the one hand, to the multilevel protection of fundamental rights and, on the other hand, to judicial dialogue in Europe?  2) Why is such an attempt expected to have a valuable impact for a better understanding of the process of European integration through (judicial protection of) rights?

In other words the major contribution of the project in advancing the state of the art consists of bridging the gap between Internet law and European and Constitutional law by enriching the scholarship status quo related to Internet law with an innovative analysis related to the forms, models (and style) of judicial protection of fundamental rights in the (new) digital era.

Current Members of the Group and Topics of interest


Giovanna De Minico
University of Naples Federico II (Italy)

Oreste Pollicino
University Bocconi Milan (Italy)

General Issues on the Internet (governance; censorship and right to access to NGNs)

Shulamit Almog
Haifa University (Israel)

Claudio Colnago
Faculdade de Direito de Vitoria (Brazil)

César Landa
Facultad de Derecho Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú (Peru)

Arno R. Lodder
Centre for Law and Internet, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam - Faculty of Law (The Netherlands)
Of Counsel SOLV lawyers

Althaf Marsoof

Nanyang Technological University- Nanyang Business School (Singapore)

Otto Pfersmann
EHESS-Ecole des hautes études en sciences sociales - Paris (France)

Leonardo Pierdominici
European University Institute - Florence (Italy)

Sofia Ranchordas
University of Groningen, Faculty of Law (The Netherlands)

Mary Reisel
Rikkyo University (Japan)

Andrey Shcherbovich
National Research University - Higher School of Economics Moscow (Russia)

Political Rights

Marco Bassini
University Bocconi Milan (Italy)

Maria Francesca De Tullio
University of Naples Federico II (Italy)

Massimo Villone
University of Naples Federico II (Italy)

Freedom of Speech

Fulvia Abbondante
University of Naples Federico II (Italy)   

Giovanni De Gregorio
University of Milano-Bicocca (Italy)

Germán M. Teruel Lozano
University of Murcia (Spain)

Right of Privacy

Rosario Serra Cristobal
University of Valencia (Spain)

Josefa Ridaura Martinez
University of Valencia (Spain)

Maria Orefice
University of Naples Federico II (Italy)

Miriam Viggiano
Lawyer, Officer at Italian Data Protection Authority, Rome (Italy)
University of Naples Federico II (Italy)

Competition and Net Neutrality

Marana Avvisati
Authority for the Guarantees of the Communication- Rome (Italy)
University of Naples Federico II (Italy)

Fabio Dell’Aversana
University of Naples Federico II (Italy)

Anupriya Dhonchak
National Law University, Delhi (India)

Method of Research

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Concerning the WORKSHOP #22 “Internet in the Age of Ordinary Terrorism” at the 10th World Congress of Constitutional Law (2018 IACL-AIDC) - Seoul "Violent Conflicts, Peace-Building and Constitutional Law", 18-22 June 2018, see the video available: http://www.ermes.unina.it/index.php/it/home-it-it/19-eventi-2


After the workshop “Internet in the age of ordinary terrorism” held in Seoul, we have submitted an editorial project to Routledge about fundamental rights and Internet in the age of terrorism. 

We are pleased to inform about the publication of the new book of our IACL research group ‘Virtual freedoms. Terrorism and the Law’ (Routledge-Giappichelli), 2021, edited by Giovanna De Minico and Oreste Pollicino. It comprises all the papers of the participants to the Seoul workshop. 

Book description, Index and list of contributors are available on the web site (https://www.routledge.com/Virtual-Freedoms-Terrorism-and-the-Law/Minico-Pollicino/p/book/9780367486709).

Future Steps: 

  1. When our ongoing book is published, we will give an event at University of Naples Federico II in order to discuss on this book with some Key-speakers.
  2. Afterwards, a round table will take place: the research group will present the follow up of their researches.
  3. According to the members’proposals, future meetings and workshops will be held to prepare our panel in the forthcoming IACL World Congress (Johannesburg, on 5-9 December 2022).

Contact Deatils


  • Prof. Giovanna De Minico
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  • Oreste Pollicino
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  • Dott. Miriam Viggiano
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  • Dott. Marco Bassini
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