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Sara Roda

Affiliated Researcher


Sara Roda is an external PhD student in the LSTS research group and Senior Policy Officer at the Standing Committee of European Doctos (CPME).

She worked as a lawyer in Lisbon at Abreu, Cardigos & Associados (currently Abreu Advogados) and at ABBC Law firm (currently DLA Piper) in the areas of public and administrative law until 2009. She then worked for almost seven years as a legal and senior policy officer at the CED – Council of European Dentists ASBL gaining experience in EU affairs and lobbying. From October 2018 until mid-March 2020, she worked as a doctoral researcher at the VUB-LSTS and was involved in the EU co-funded project HR-Recycler. She was DPO and Member of the Core Programming Committee 2020 CPDP - Computers, Privacy and Data Protection. She is member of the Portuguese Bar Association.

Sara graduated from Lisbon University Law School in 2001 (public law option). She holds a “DES – Diplome d’études specialisés” in public and administrative law from the Université Libre de Bruxelles law school (2006) and an LLM in International and European Law from VUB/IES - Institute of European Studies in Brussels (Greatest Distinction), being awarded a certificate for 'Outstanding Master Thesis' on passenger name records and data protection (2018). 

Her main research interests are data protection, innovation/experimentation in law, health, robotic law, human-robot interactions, AI and ethics, PNR data and law enforcement access to data. 


Vrije Universiteit Brussel
Pleinlaan 2
1050 Brussels