Sümeyye Elif Biber

Sümeyye Elif Biber

Postdoctoral researcher

Department ​Département Droit
Adresse postale Weicker Building, Université du Luxembourg
4, rue Alphonse Weicker
L-2721 Luxembourg
Bureau sur le campus C221A
Téléphone (+352) 46 66 44 5557

In December, Elif joined the FDEF as a postdoctoral researcher in European public law and digitalisation. Elif holds a PhD degree (cum laude, highest distinction) from Sant’Anna School of Advanced Studies in Pisa, with her dissertation, “A Rights-Based Inter-Legal Approach to the Fundamental and Human Rights Challenges posed by Artificial Intelligence Systems”, supervised by Prof. Gianluigi Palombella.


Prior to joining the University of Luxembourg, Elif had a chance to participate in several programs to develop her research at the European University Institute in Florence and Harvard Law School. In her academic career, she is recognized as one of the prominent early scholars all around the globe (by the International Forum on the Future of Constitutionalism) and is the best-ranked candidate at the competitive selection for admission to the Ph.D. programme in 2018 (83/100) (winner of a three-year research scholarship funded by the Italian Ministry of University and Research). She obtained her LLB from Istanbul University Law School with “high honour” and received her LLM degree with distinction from Koc University, with her LLM thesis, “Concretization of Constitutional Norms Referring to the Right to Respect for Private Life in the Individual Application Case-Law”. Elif’s published work and presentations so far have focused on,


(i) the interpretation of fundamental and human rights in the context of new technologies by the ECtHR, CJEU, and the BVerfG: (ii) the complex and composite character of law interlocking state, regional, international, and global legality through the theory of inter-legality; (iii) transnational approaches to AI and the regulatory dialogue between the US and the EU; (iv) privatisation of the enforcement of fundamental rights in the algorithmic society; and (v) “online states” with a focus on the regulation of social platforms. She had a chance to present her papers at well-respected international conferences organised by ICON-S, Tilburg University (“Regulating in Times of Crises”), International Forum on the Future of Constitutionalism, Computers, Privacy and Data Protection (CPDP-Brussels), EUI (Florence), and the United Nations International Federation for Information Processing (Switzerland). 

Since 2023 February, she is the Head of Digital Rights of the Digital Constitutionalist in Florence (EUI).

Last updated on: lundi 20 mars 2023