Riccardo Vecellio Segate

PhD candidate in International Law, University of Macau

Riccardo Vecellio Segate is the Talent Program PhD Candidate in International Law at the Faculty of Law of the University of Macau, as well as a former Exchange Scholar at the School of Law of Tsinghua University (Beijing). He mainly works on the impact of digital technologies on the international legal order, with a focus on East Asia. Prior to joining the University of Macau, Mr Vecellio Segate completed an LLM in Public International Law at Utrecht University; a PGDip in European and Global Governance at the University of Bristol; and three Diplomas (in European Affairs; Development and International Cooperation; Emergencies and Humanitarian Intervention) at ISPI in Milan. Before turning his attention to international affairs, Mr Vecellio Segate was a classical pianist: he gained a Bachelor and Master’s Degree in Piano Performance at the State Conservatory “E. F. Dall’Abaco” of Verona, studying music also in Paris (with Professor Aldo Ciccolini), Salzburg, Nice, as well as at the University of Leeds.

Mr Vecellio Segate is widely published in law&technology issues, covering a wide spectrum of geopolitical regions, technologies, and theoretical approaches. His in-depth studies on cybersecurity and trade secrets have been published in the Columbia Journal of Asian Law (https://doi.org/10.7916/cjal.v32i2.3371), the UCLA Pacific Basin Law Journal (https://escholarship.org/uc/item/34v3715n), and the Journal of Intellectual Property Law & Practice (https://doi.org/10.1093/jiplp/jpaa092); he has also advised the law firm ROUSE on these matters. Moreover, his analysis on digital evidence and artificial intelligence in international criminal trials featured in the International Criminal Law Review (https://doi.org/10.1163/15718123-bja10048).

Besides his law&technology studies, Mr Vecellio Segate is frequently published across a number of other areas of legal studies, including: international investment law, EU external relations law, cultural heritage law, environmental law, international human rights law, patent law, copyright law, Chinese law, commercial arbitration, and legal semiotics. His works in these areas have recently appeared for, e.g., The International Journal of Human Rights (https://doi.org/10.1080/13642987.2021.1895767), the Hastings Environmental Law Journal (https://repository.uchastings.edu/hastings_environmental_law_journal/vol27/iss1/5/), the North Carolina Journal of International Law (https://scholarship.law.unc.edu/ncilj/vol46/iss1/5/), Art Antiquity and Law, as well as the Maastricht Journal of European and Comparative Law (https://doi.org/10.1177%2F1023263X19896917). Furthermore, he serves Oxford University Press’ International Law in Domestic Courts series as its Case-Law Reporter for the jurisdiction of Hong Kong SAR, providing commentaries to leading cases by Hong Kong’s Court of Final Appeal.

Invited by, inter alia, the European Society of International Law and the Asian Society of International Law, he presented his research at 60+ academic conferences in 40+ countries all over Europe, North America and Asia, including at the British Institute of International and Comparative Law and at the universities of Geneva, Renmin (Beijing), Gottingen, Kyushu, La Sapienza (Rome), KU Leuven, Peking, NUS (Singapore), Trieste, Philippines College of Law, York (Toronto), International Islamic University Malaysia (Kuala Lumpur), Padova, Universitas Indonesia (Jakarta), Bologna, Wuhan. Moreover, he has been awarded the Young Scholar Prize at the “Multidisciplinary Perspectives on Algorithms: Regulation, Governance, Markets” Conference in Fukuoka (November 2019).

  • PhD candidate in International Law, University of Macau