Norberto Nuno Gomes de Andrade is a Legal Researcher and Scientific Officer at the Information Society Unit of the Institute for Prospective Technological Studies (IPTS) of the European Commission’s Joint Research Centre. At the IPTS, Norberto is leading a research project concerning the legal aspects and implications of electronic identity (eID). The main objective of the eID law project is to examine the legal and other regulatory aspects of eID in Europe. The aim is to re-think the existing legal framework on privacy and data protection, exploring some of its pitfalls and legal gaps in relation to eID technologies, practices and uses. This project, in sum, attempts to identify the legal merits and gaps of the existing eID legislation, researching on the regulatory gaps of the current EU legal framework vis-à-vis the deployment of eIdentity services and the lack of interoperability between identity management systems (IdM) that are now being developed across different Member States.
Norberto holds a PhD in Law (with a doctoral thesis on the Right to Identity in the context of new and prospective technologies) and a Master of Research in European, International and Comparative Law from the European University Institute (EUI, Italy), as well as a Master’s degree in International Relations and European Studies from the Central European University (CEU, Hungary). In 2007 he was a Visiting Scholar at the Singapore Internet Research Centre (SiRC) of Nanyang Technological University. Norberto has also been involved in several research projects dealing with the interaction between human rights and new technologies, namely in Brazil and Italy. Previously he worked as a legal expert in the field of telecommunications at the External Relations Department of the Portuguese Regulatory Authority for Communications (ANACOM, Portugal).
His research interests are focussed on law and technology, namely on issues of identity, privacy and data protection. Norberto is also interested in prospective legal studies regarding the future of the Internet. In 2009, he co-edited and published “Law and Technology: Looking into the Future – Selected Essays.