Università Degli Studi di Milano hosts the VI Jean Monnet Network Event of the BRIDGE Project


On October 3rd and 4th of 2023, Università Degli Studi di Milano opened its doors to the Jean Monnet Network – BRIDGE Project, financed by the Erasmus+ Program from the European Union, to host the VI Event of the project. 

The event brought together around 30 speakers from 8 different nationalities (Italy, Spain, Portugal, Mexico, Colombia, Argentina, Brazil, and Paraguay) to address the main theme of the event: Digital transformation and regional integration process. All activities were developed both in person and online and were developed in the beautiful and historical Sala Napoleonica at UNIMI. 

Opening the days of work, the seven partners of the project were reunited on the morning of October 3rd to discuss the results of the project, and to gather ideas for the new project - the BRIDGE WATCH Project - that will begin at the end of 2023. 

By the afternoon, it was time for the Round of Discussions on “Digital transformation and regional integration process”. Opening remarks were made by the host, Professor Naiara Posenato (Università degli Studi di Milano, Italy), and by the project Coordinator, Professor Aline Beltrame de Moura (Universidade Federal de Santa Catarina, Brazil).

The first panel was conducted by Ilaria Angela Anrò (Università degli Studi di Milano, Italy) and counted with the following presentations: AI & Diplomacy: EU AI Act. An Ethical Tech Global Governance Proposal by Mario Torres Jarrín - Universidad Pontificia de Salamanca, Spain; Technology in conflict, human rights and inter-state litigation by Walter Arévalo-Ramírez - Universidad del Rosario, Colombia; The Internet as a human right by Manuel Becerra Ramírez - Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, México. 

The second panel, moderated by Roberta Clerici (Università degli Studi di Milano, Italy), opened space for the following discussions: The Impact and potential Risk of AI ACT on Data Protection by Giuseppe Vaciago - Coordinator of AI Table on Artificial Intelligence (Milan Bar Association); A globalização da legislação europeia sobre economia digital by Nuno Cunha Rodrigues - Universidade de Lisboa, Portugal; Transformación digital y forma de los acuerdos de elección de foro en el Reglamento UE 1215/2012 by Beatriz Campuzano Díaz - Universidad de Sevilla, Spain.

After a coffee break, the third and final panel was conducted by Laura Scarabelli (Università degli Studi di Milano, Italy) and addressed the following topics: L'uso dell'intelligenza artificiale nel sistema giudiziario brasiliano by Aline Beltrame de Moura - Universidade Federal de Santa Catarina, Brazil; La trasformazione digitale e lo sviluppo sostenibile in Mercosur by Sandra Negro - Universidad de Buenos Aires, Argentina; Comércio Internacional no Mercosul diante do desafio da transformação digital by Joana Stelzer - Universidade Federal de Santa Catarina, Brazil. 

On the next day, October 4th, the morning started with the Seminar on “Regional Data Protection Policy and Artificial Intelligence”. Welcome words and opening remarks were made on behalf of UNIMI by Professor Naiara Posenato and Giuseppe Ludovico. For the project, Professor Aline Beltrame de Moura gave her welcome speech. 

Afterwards, it was time for the main speeches that were made by Ginevra Cerrina Feroni, Vice President of the Italian Data Protection Authority; Fabiano Hartmann, Coordinator of R&D Project on AI systems for Brazilian Judiciary; Edoardo Raffiotta, Member of AI Table on Artificial Intelligence (Milan Bar Association) and Vittorio Calaprice, Political Analyst at the European Commission Representation in Italy.

By the afternoon, it was time to host the VI Jean Monnet Network Workshop, this time about “Regional Data Protection Policy and Artificial Intelligence”, with the presentation of 11 articles previously selected through Call for Papers, coming from Brazil, Spain, Paraguay and Argentina. Presentations were split into 4 panels: Panel 1 - Data Protection in Comparative Perspective; Panel 2 - Specific Issues in Data Protection; Panel 3 - AI and Decision-Making; Panel 4 - Specific Issues in Artificial Intelligence. 

All of the developed activities are part of the Jean Monnet Network “Building Rights and Developing Knowledge between European Union and Latin America – BRIDGE”, a Project financed by the Erasmus Program + of the European Union, which has as Coordinator Universidade Federal de Santa Catarina (Brazil), and institutional partners: Universidade de Lisboa (Portugal); Universidad de Sevilla (Spain); Università degli Studi di Milano (Italy); Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (México); Universidad de Buenos Aires (Argentina) and Universidad de Rosario (Colombia).