Nicolo Zingales

Nicolo Zingales


I joined the University of Leeds in 2019 as an Associate Professor, with specialization in competition law, privacy and data protection law, Internet governance and regulation. Until 2019, I was Lecturer in Competition and Information Law at the University of Sussex, where I also served as Director of the LLM Programme in Information Technology and Intellectual Property and co-founded the Sussex Centre for Information Governance Research. From 2013 to 2016, I was Assistant Professor at Tilburg Law School and Senior Member of the Tilburg Law and Economics Centre. I obtained my PhD in international law and economics at Bocconi University, and my law degree (cum laude) at the University of Bologna.

I have held appointments as Visiting Professor at the law school of the University of Western Australia, and as Visiting Scholar at the law schools of the Fundação Getulio Vargas, New York University, Berkeley University, Harvard University, the College of Europe in Bruges and the Max Planck Institute for Competition and Innovation. I have also been a Microsoft Fellow at the Tilburg Institute for Law, Technology and Society, a Google Policy Fellow at Research ICT Africa, a Marie Curie Fellow at the Graduate Institute in Geneva, and a coordinator of the Innovation Task Force and the Future Single Market Task Force at the European Policy Centre. I have advised a number of organizations on Internet law issues, including the UK Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, the UK House of Lords Communications Committee, the International Competition Network, the Association for Progressive Communication, the ICT Policy Center for Eastern and Southern Africa. I have cut my teeth with legal practice by working at the European Court of Justice (General Court, Hon. Judge Moavero Milanesi), the European Commission (DG Competition, Mergers in IT, Media, and Consumer Electronics), the California's Attorney General for Antitrust and the international law firm Caiazza & Partners  in Milan. 

I am now an affiliated researcher with the Stanford Center for Internet and Society, the Tilburg Institute for Law, Technology and Society and the Tilburg Law and Economics Centre, the Sussex Centre for Information Governance Research, and the CyberBRICS project. I am also a founder and co-chair of the UN Internet Governance Forum’s Coalition on Platform Responsibility, as well as a founding member of the My Data Organization and coordinator of its London hub.

Research interests

My research focuses on the role and responsibilities of digital intermediaries across different legal regimes, including competition law, data protection, consumer law, intellectual property and human rights law.

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  • PhD
  • Laurea Specialistica
  • Laurea Triennale
  • PG Cert in Higher Education Practice
  • Postgraduate course in Regulation

Professional memberships

  • Academic Society for Competition Law (ASCOLA)

Student education

I teach competition law, cyberlaw, international e-commerce law, privacy and data protection law.

Research groups and institutes

  • Centre for Business Law and Practice
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