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Dr. Maria Grazia Porcedda
Assistant Professor, Law


Dr Maria Grazia Porcedda is Assistant Professor of IT Law. Before joining the School of Law at Trinity College Dublin, Maria Grazia was a Research Fellow in the Centre for Criminal Justice Studies at the University of Leeds. Previously Maria Grazia was a Research Associate within the Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies and the Department of Law at the European University Institute in Florence, as well as the Centre de Recherche Information, Droit et Société of the University of Namur. She trained on privacy and security matters at the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD, Paris) and the European Data Protection Supervisor (EDPS, Brussels).

Maria Grazia holds a PhD in Law from the European University Institute with a thesis titled "Cybersecurity and Privacy Rights in EU Law. Moving beyond the Trade-off Model to Appraise the Role of Technology". She holds an LL.M. in Comparative, European and International Laws (European University Institute), an M.A. in International Relations (University of Bologna with honours from Collegio Superiore), and a B.A. in Political Science (University of Cagliari). Her early work was awarded prizes by the Lyncean Academy (Accademia Nazionale dei Lincei, Premio Ruffini) and the Italian Information Security Association (CLUSIT). During her studies she also earned grants to visit at various institutions, including Johns Hopkins SAIS, École Normale Supérieure de Lyon and University of California at Berkeley.

Maria Grazia's current research addresses the relationship between law and technology and in particular matters of privacy, data protection, cyber security and cybercrime. Her scholarship is policy-oriented, collaborative and interdisciplinary. In 2018 she advised the EU Directorate General for Development and Cooperation as a Member of the Task Force on Cyber Capacity Building, coordinated by the European Union Institute for Security Studies, with which she has cooperated on matters of cyber security. She has been a member of collaborative interdisciplinary projects funded by the UK Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (CRITiCaL), the EU DG Justice and Consumers (CharterClick!) and the EU Seventh Framework Programme (SURVEILLE and SurPRISE). Maria Grazia regularly presents her work at international academic and multi-stakeholder conferences and has published contributions in leading European law and technology venues.

Publications and Further Research Outputs

Peer-Reviewed Publications

Porcedda, Maria Grazia and David S. Wall, Cascade and Chain Effects in Big Data Cybercrime: Lessons from the TalkTalk hack, IEEE European Symposium on Security & Privacy (S&PW), First Workshop on Attackers and Cyber-Crime Operations , Stockholm, 20 June 2019, IEEE, 2019, pp10.1109/EuroSPW.2019.00056 Conference Paper, 2019 DOI

Data science, data crime and the law in, editor(s)Vanessa Mak, Eric Tjong Tjin Tai and Anna Berlee , Research Handbook in Data Science and Law, Edward Elgar, 2018, pp214 - 244, [Maria Grazia Porcedda and David S. Wall] Book Chapter, 2018

Maria Grazia Porcedda, Patching the patchwork: appraising the EU regulatory framework on cyber security breaches, Computer Law & Security Review, 34, (5), 2018, p1077--1098 Journal Article, 2018

On Boundaries - Finding the Essence of the Right to the Protection of Personal Data in, editor(s)Ronald Leenes, Rosamunde van Brakel, Serge Gutwirth, Paul De Hert , Data Protection and Privacy. The Internet of Bodies, Hart Publishing, 2018, pp277 - 312, [Maria Grazia Porcedda] Book Chapter, 2018 URL

Patryk Pawlak, Dr. Andrea Calderaro, Alejandro Pinto, Maria Grazia Porcedda, Cristina Schulman, Thorsten Wetzling, International Cooperation and Development Operational Guidance for the EU's international cooperation on cyber capacity building, Luxembourg, 2018 Report, 2018

Maria Grazia Porcedda, `Privacy by Design' in EU Law. Matching Privacy Protection Goals with the Essence of the Rights to Private Life and Data Protection, Lecture Notes in Computer Science, 6th Annual Privacy Forum (APF 2018), Barcelona, 13-14 June 2018, Manel Medina, Andreas Mitrakas, Prof. Dr. Kai Rannenberg, Erich Schweighofer and Nikolaos Tsouroulas , 11079, Springer, 2018, pp183 - 204 Conference Paper, 2018

The Recrudescence of `Security v. Privacy' after the 2015 Terrorist Attacks, and the Value of `Privacy Rights' in the European Union in, editor(s)Elisa Orrù, Maria Grazia Porcedda and Sebastian Weydner-Volkmann , Rethinking Surveillance and Control. Beyond the 'Security vs. Privacy' Debate, Nomos Verlagsgesellschaft mbH & Co. KG, 2017, pp137-180 , [Maria Grazia Porcedda] Book Chapter, 2017 DOI

Maria Grazia Porcedda, Cybersecurity and privacy rights in EU law. Moving beyond the trade-off model to appraise the role of technology, European University Institute, 2017 Thesis, 2017 URL

The manifold significance of citizens' legal recommendations on privacy, security and surveillance in, editor(s)Michael Friedewald, J. Peter Burgess, Johann Čas, Rocco Bellanova, Walter Peissl , Surveillance, Privacy and Security Citizens' Perspectives, Routledge, 2017, pp191 - 211, [Maria Grazia Porcedda] Book Chapter, 2017

Regulation of data breaches in the European Union: Private companies in the driver's seat of cybersecurity? in, editor(s)Oldrich Bures and Helena Carrapico , Security Privatization: How Non-Security-Related Private Businesses Shape Security Governance, 2017, pp275 - 299, [Maria Grazia Porcedda] Book Chapter, 2017

Elisa Orrù Maria Grazia Porcedda Sebastian Weydner-Volkmann, Rethinking Surveillance and Control. Beyond the 'Security vs. Privacy' Debate, Nomos Verlag, 2017 Book, 2017

Maria Grazia Porcedda, Rule of Law and Human Rights in Cyberspace, in P. Pawlak (ed), Riding the Digital Wave, Issue, Issue, 21, Paris, European Union Institute for Security Studies, December, 2014 Report, 2014

Maria Grazia Porcedda, Lessons from PRISM and Tempora: the self-contradictory nature of the fight against cyberspace crimes. Deep packet inspection as a case study, Neue Kriminalpolitik, 25, (4), 2013, p305-409 Journal Article, 2013 URL

Law enforcement in the clouds: Is the EU data protection legal framework up to the task? in, editor(s)Serge Gutwirth, Ronald Leenes, Paul de Hert, Yves Poullet , European Data Protection: In Good Health?, 2012, pp203 - 232, [Maria Grazia Porcedda] Book Chapter, 2012

Maria Grazia Porcedda, Data Protection and the Prevention of Cybercrime: a Dual Role for Security Policy in the EU, European University Institute, 2012 Thesis, 2012 URL

Maria Grazia Porcedda, Data Protection and the Prevention of Cybercrime. The EU as an Area of Security?, 2011 Working Paper, 2011 URL

Maria Grazia Porcedda, Transatlantic Approaches to Cybersecurity and Cybercrime, in P. Pawlak (ed), The EU-US Security and Justice Agenda in Action, Chaillot Papers, Paris, European Union Institute for Security Studies, 2011 Report, 2011

Non-Peer-Reviewed Publications

Maria Grazia Porcedda, Privacy, data protection and selfhood, Self in the Digital World seminar, Long Room Hub, 25 February, 2020 Invited Talk, 2020

Maria Grazia Porcedda, Learning from common experience to steer the future of data, EU-China Symposium on Data Security and Personal Information protection, Brussels, 29 November, 2019, Privacy Hub, Vrije Universiteit Brussels and Cybersecurity Association of China Invited Talk, 2019

Maria Grazia Porcedda, The regulation of security incidents and the making of cyber security law, EU Cybersecurity Law workshop, Cyber and Data Security Lab, VUB , Brussels, 11 October, 2019, Cyber and Data Security Lab, Vrije Universiteit Brussel Invited Talk, 2019

Maria Grazia Porcedda, The Cybercrime Cascade Effect and Criminal Justice Responses, EUROCRIM 2019 Conference, Ghent, Belgium, 18-20 September 2019, 2019 Oral Presentation, 2019

Maria Grazia Porcedda, Prosecuting Cybercrime: Courts, Data Crime and the Cascade Effect, 2nd Conference on the Human Factor in Cybercrime, Leiden, 16-18 October 2019, edited by Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam , 2019 Oral Presentation, 2019

Research Expertise


  • Title
    • COVID-19 Law and Human Rights Observatory
  • Summary
    • The COVID-19 Law and Human Rights Observatory "engages in research across the full range of Ireland's legal response to COVID-19" with the objective of informing the public and sparking public debate. Resulting from the cooperation of TriCON and the Corporate Law, Governance and Capital Markets research group, it aims to establish The Observatory's Blog publishes academic commentary on Ireland's legal response to COVID-19 as it evolves. Over the next few months, the Observatory will also publish a range of public policy reports that address critical aspects of Ireland's response to COVID-19 (
  • Funding Agency
    • Trinity College Dublin
  • Date From
    • May 2020
  • Date To
    • August 2020


cyber law; cyber security; Cybercrime; Cyberspace; data privacy; DATA PROTECTION; Data Protection Law; EU General Data Protection Regulation ; ICT and Privacy; IT law; IT Law and Policy; law and technology; PRIVACY; Privacy Law; SURVEILLANCE



Member of the External Ethical Advisory Board of the H2020 TRESSPASS project (n. 787120) ( 2019

Member of the Task Force on Cyber Capacity Building, coordinated by the European Union Institute for Security Studies to advise EU Directorate General for Development and Cooperation on matters of cyber capacity building 2017

Invited member of the Scientific Committee of the Cyber and Data Security Lab, Vrije Universiteit Brussel 2020

Advisory Member for Data Protection of ERC Project DomEqual (PI: Sabrina Marchetti) 2017

Awards and Honours

CLUSIT- Italian information security association, "Thesis Prize 2012" 2012

Accademia Nazionale dei Lincei, Prize "Edoardo Ruffini 2011" 2011

Licenza del Collegio Superiore, University of Bologna 2009


Europol Data Protection Experts Network 2016 – 2020

BILETA via Law School (Trinity College Dublin) 2020 – 2020

Italian Association of Information Security (CLUSIT) 2013 – 2015

International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP) 2016 – 2017