Cristina Poncibò

Cristina Poncibò is a professor of Comparative Private Law at the University of Turin’s Law Department. She is a fellow at the Transatlantic Technology Law Forum, co-sponsored by Stanford Law School and Vienna School of Law, and previously served as a Marie Curie Fellow (Université Panthéon-Assas), a Max Weber Fellow (EUI), and a Lagrange Fellow. Cristina’s research focuses on the comparative law of emerging technologies, much of which she distilled in her 2020 book, “Comparative Law and the Blockchain.” She also recently co-edited the volumes “Contracting and Contract Law in the Age of Artificial Intelligence” and “The Cambridge Handbook of Smart Contracts, Blockchain Technology and Digital Platforms.” She is a national rapporteur of the International Association of Comparative Law and a delegate of the Law Department to the American Association of Comparative Law. She is also a member of Ascola, Juris Diversitas and the Law & Society Association. Cristina received her LLM from the University of Turin and her PhD from the University of Florence (PhD).

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