SensJus: Citizen sensing as a source of evidence in litigation and as a tool for environmental mediation

SensJus: Citizen sensing as a source of evidence in litigation and as a tool for environmental mediation

Since June 2020 the SensJus project’s website is online! 

You can find the website at this link

SansJus stands for “Sensing for Justice”. The project was born after a landmark court decision released in Texas, on June 27th 2019, in which a judge found the petrochemical company Formosa Plastics Corporation, liable for violating the Clean Water Act because of plastic discharge into local waters. The case was brought by a civic group based in part on citizen sensed-evidence which involved volunteer observations performed over years. This practice entailing grassroots-driven environmental monitoring could be qualified as ‘Citizen Science’ and, more specifically, ‘Citizen Sensing’. The contamination could not be proved through existing data held by competent authorities since the company never filed any record of pollution with the competent authority. Rather, the monitoring and data collection was almost entirely conducted by local residents. 

The key objective of the Sensing for Justice project is to fill the knowledge gap to avoid a possible scientific and legislative vacuum and provide newly required research capacity in the EU. The research will be hosted by the European Commission Joint Research Centre, currently the leading actor in the research on Citizen Science for environmental monitoring and reporting, which will allow us to play a crucial role in the enactment of measures to release Citizen Science for litigation and mediation’s potential across the EU.

Nowadays it is essential to redefine Citizen Sensing as a manifestation of the broader Citizen Science practice having a potential source of evidence acceptable in environmental litigation, as an exercise of the right to contribute to environmental information and even as a method to foster environmental mediation.

Give a look to SensJus website to discover the news and upcoming actions of the project!

Urban Science for City Challenges – City Science Initiative

Urban Science for City Challenges – City Science Initiative

The City Science Initiative aims to strengthen how science and research can help address the urban challenges and to develop a structured approach to evidence-informed policy-making at cities’ level. 

Recently, the report reflecting on the CSI pilot phase has been finalized and published, by the name of ‘City Science for Urban Challenges’. The report of the mission board for climate-neutral and smart cities is accessible through this link.

“The introduction of a Climate City Mission is a radical new way of achieving climate neutrality – and of doing so faster, by 2030. The Mission aims to promote system innovation across the value chain of city investment, targeting multiple sectors such as governance, transport, energy, construction and recycling, with support from powerful digital technologies. As such, it requires a change in regulations, approaches and instruments combined with the willingness to go beyond existing schemes and habits. The Mission also demands a change of attitude towards practical aspects of implementation, but also as concerns people and organisations working together: citizens, local governments, central and regional governments, and European institutions. We expect citizens, city administrations and political leaders to show commitment, imagination and determination. We expect you to implement this Mission with the same determination as the Americans did with their Moonshot. The climate minded transformation of cities goes far beyond the idea of the Man on the Moon. This is The Mission of our times!” (Hanna Gronkiewicz-Waltz, Chair of the Mission Board for Climate Neutral and Smart Cities)

Blockchain and Procedural Law – Blockchain Technologies at the Domestic and International Levels.

Blockchain and Procedural Law – Blockchain Technologies at the Domestic and International Levels.

The 3rd Seminar on Blockchain and Procedural Law. Max Planck Institute Luxembourg for Procedural Law. Friday, 17 January 2020. Luxembourg.

Today, on Friday 17 January 2020, the co-founder of LabGov, Prof. Iaione, took part in the third and final seminar of the Blockchain and Procedural Law series, in the Max Planck Institute in Luxembourg. The two previous ones were held on the topics of ‘Law and Justice in the Age of Disintermediation‘ and ‘Automating Legal instruments‘.

The third seminar aimed at (i) understanding how states may harness the potential of blockchain technologies through the presentation of different case studies (ii) and mapping the first forays of international organizations into these emerging technologies.

In the seminar, Prof. Iaione delivered a presentation, together with Prof. Sofia Ranchordas, on ‘Smart Public Contracts: Home for Future-Proofing Law?‘. The seminar gathered together experts of the field from all around the world. Concluding remarks from anthropological and sociological perspectives were given in the end to close the final seminar.

Find the detailed program inserted below with the speakers and the exact topics of their presentations or, alternatively here or here.

3rd Seminar: Blockchain Technologies at the Domestic and the International Levels

Opening Presentation

– Dr Lily Martinet, Dr Edouard Fromageau (MPI Luxembourg for Procedural Law) 

States Harnessing the Potential of Blockchain Technologies

– Dr Lily Martinet (MPI Luxembourg for Procedural Law) Exercising Digital Sovereignty over the Blockchain
– Dr Helen Eenmaa-Dimitrieva (University of Tartu) Sovereignty and Autonomy via Mathematics

– Ms Tian Lu (Maastricht University) The Implementation of Blockchain Technologies in Chinese Courts
– Prof. Christian Iaione (Luiss Guido Carli University, LabGov.City), Prof. Sofia Ranchordas (University of Groningen) Smart Public Contracts: Home for Future-Proofing Law?

International Organisations Embracing the Blockchain

– Ms Emmanuelle Ganne (World Trade Organization) Blockchain and International Trade: From Tech to Regulation – The Need for an International Approach 

– Dr Edouard Fromageau (MPI Luxembourg for Procedural Law) Uses of Blockchain by International Financial Institutions and their Legal Implications
– Dr André Nunes Chaib (Maastricht University) What Role for the IMF in Regulating Virtual Currencies?
– Prof. Nathalie Janson (NEOMA Business School and Sciences Po) Private Cryptocurrencies versus Central Bank Digital currencies: The War of Titans?

Concluding Remarks

– Prof. Antoine Garapon (Institut des Hautes Etudes sur la Justice), Dr Jean Lassègue (CNRS)

Call for Papers and a Best Thesis Award by MOTUS-E to Prize the Best Research Contribution in E-mobility!

Call for Papers and a Best Thesis Award by MOTUS-E to Prize the Best Research Contribution in E-mobility!

MOTUS-E is the first Italian Association to bring together industries, the transport sector, the academia, consumer associations and opinion movements, to favor the transition towards a more sustainable model of mobility, in a context in which technologies and digital transformation play a crucial role.

LabGov’s strategic partner for various projects, MOTUS-E, has recently launched a call for papers and a best thesis award to prize the best research contribution in E-mobility. Both of the calls are open to everyone wishing to submit a paper, a research project or a thesis (discussed in years 2017-18-19), regardless of the country. Even papers already published in journals may be considered since there are no specific requirements on publication.

Universities, graduates, undergraduates, researchers and professionals are invited to present their own contribution about one of the clusters launched by MOTUS-E. The three selected papers and the winner of the Best Thesis Award will also have the opportunity to attend the MOTUS-E Event in Rome in 2020. The deadline for the submissions is 31st January and a Scientific Committee will evaluate the papers by 15th April. The papers can be submitted either in Italian or in English.

Find the more detailed rules, the application form and the topics through the following link:

Best of luck!


Civic-ness for Social Infrastructure

Civic-ness for Social Infrastructure

Luiss University will host the event “Civic-ness for social infrastructure” on September 25th 2019. The conference will take place in the LOFT located in the Luiss campus, Romania 32 and will start at 6pm.

Fondazione Italia Sociale and Luiss University have indeed started a dialogic process called “Civic-ness” aimed at identifying the cornerstones of a design collaboration to develop theoretical and empirical knowledge through didactic initiatives and applied research on the theme of civicness.

The latter is understood as a mentality oriented towards civic responsibility, sustainability for the production of civic value, legality and merit, implementation of the 2030 Agenda and the Sustainable Development Goals.

“Civic-ness” therefore aims to generate and spread a civic mindness to make the concept of civic responsibility the common heritage of the future ruling classes, also with the objective of updating or overcoming the concept of the so-called third sector and offer a response to the civic spread.


Greeting address

Giovanni Lo Storto, Director Luiss

Introduction to the work

Andrea Prencipe, Rector Luiss


Elena De Nictolis, Post-doc fellow Luiss


Enzo Manes, President of Fondazione Italia Sociale “The civic spread and social infrastructure”

Edoardo Reviglio, Head of International and European Projects of the Cassa Depositi e Prestiti and member of the High Level Task Force on Social Infrastructure “The role of investment in social infrastructure”


Esmeralda Valente, MIBAC – DG AAP

Federico Merola, CEO Arpinge SpA and member of the ASTRID Foundation Board

Christian Iaione, Professor Luiss and Co-Director of LabGov.City