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Desara Dushi

Desara Dushi

Senior and Postdoctoral Researcher


Desara Dushi holds a Double PhD Degree in Law, Science and Technology from University of Bologna and University of Luxembourg, a MSc in Criminal Law from Beder University College, a Joint MA in Human Rights and Democracy from University of Sarajevo and University of Bologna and an LLB degree from “Luigj Gurakuqi” University.

Her doctoral thesis, supervised by Mark Cole and Monica Palmirani, investigated the legal challenges of the phenomenon of online live-streaming of child sexual abuse. Desara’s main interests are related to the intersection between law and technology, human rights in the digital age, criminal justice, justice reforms, online child protection, and Internet Governance.

Before joining VUB, Desara has served as lecturer at Epoka University, and as advisor to the Ministry of Justice of Albania. During her PhD studies, she has been a visiting researcher in several European Universities. Desara also serves as Executive Committee Member of the South East Europe Dialogue on Internet Governance (SEEDIG) and as evaluator and judge at the International Criminal Court (ICC) Moot Court Competition. She also has an Executive Training qualification from Harvard Kennedy School on “Leadership and character in uncertain times”. Since 2016, Desara contributes in shaping various international and regional Internet Governance conferences annually.

Desara joined LSTS in 2021 as a postdoctoral researcher in the CoHuBiCol and ALTEP-DP projects.


Vrije Universiteit Brussel
Pleinlaan 2
1050 Brussels