Berti Suman

Anna Berti Suman is a PhD researcher at Tilburg Institute for Law, Technology and Society. Her PhD project aims to investigate how the increasing connectivity between the (smart) city apparatus and the citizen's body affects citizens' participation in the governance of environmental health challenges. Her thesis also explores the guarantees for ensuring that the incorporation of IoT in the city and in the citizen’s body does not result in an excessive control of the state on individuals, leading to a breach of citizens’ decisional privacy, masked under a good cause.

Anna has a background in Law from the University of Bologna (BA, MA, cum laude) and Transnational Law from the University of Geneva. Her specializations are Health Law and Technology, Environmental Law, and Sustainable Innovation.

Personal website:



Berti Suman A., Towards a map-based accountability for environmental health risk? The case of the Equatorial Asian Haze, published in: Proceedings of the 13th International Conference on Internet, Law & Politics, ?Managing Risk In the Digital Society?, Universitat Oberta de Catalunya, Barcelona, 29-30 June, 2017.


Berti Suman A., El uso de drones para informar decisiones políticas sobre la calidad del agua, número 46, Carta Circular de Recursos Hídricos, CEPAL, Santiago de Chile, June 2017. 

Berti Suman A., In Search for the Value of Connectivity: Accountable Citizens Fostering Accountable Governance via Connectivity, published in: Proceedings of the 2017 IEEE International Conference on Cloud Engineering (IC2E), Vancouver, 4-7 April, 2017.


Berti Suman A., A universal obligation of enforcing environmental justice? The Chevron-Texaco case as an example of the actual system's failure, Environmental Law Blog, Tilburg University, Tilburg, December 2016.


Berti Suman A., The Canadian ruling: towards a global enforceability of environmental justice in Our Lands, our rights, Cultural Survival Quarterly, June 2016.


Berti Suman A., Dal Canada semaforo verde per le vittime di Chevron: la lotta per l'Amazzonia Ecuadoriana continua, Global Environmental Justice Network; and Centro Documentazione Conflitti Ambientali; and FOCSIV; November 2015.


Berti Suman A., Presupuesto participativo en agua y saneamiento: una oportunidad para los usuarios, número 43, Carta Circular de Recursos Hídricos, CEPAL, Santiago de Chile, July 2015.


Berti Suman A., The SuizAgua Project, an innovative compromise for Water Management, Fundación Chile - División Agua y Medio Ambiente, Santiago de Chile, January 2015.



Conference papers:


Berti Suman A., In search for the value of connectivity: IoT for a smart and accountable governance of environmental health challenges, presented at the IEEE International Conference on Cloud Engineering (IC2E 2017) - Workshop on Legal and Technical challenges of Cloud computing and IoT, Vancouver, Canada.


Berti Suman A., Enabling accountability for Environmental Health Risk in the Digital Society, presented at the Lorentz Center Workshop ''Multilateral Governance of Technological Risks", May 2017, Leiden, The Netherlands, and at the 13th International Conference on Internet, Law & Politics 2017, School of Law and Political Science of the Universitat Oberta de Catalunya, Barcelona, Spain.


Berti Suman A., Connectivity for citizens? education and awareness: the case of Citizen Science, presented at BILETA 2017, Braga, Portugal.


Presentations and invited lectures:


Book review: response on the book "CyberGenetics: Health genetics and new media" by Harris, Kelly and Wyatt, Amsterdam Philosophy Encounters Science & Society, May 2017.


Conference presentation: Democratic governance of public health challenges via health data sharing: an opportunity for the citizens?, TILTing 2017, Tilburg University (NL), May 2017.


Conference presentation: The potential of data science for connecting the urban and the rural contexts, The Rural Summit 2017, the Intelligent Community Forum - Brainport, Eindhoven (NL), March 2017. 


Seminar: Chevron-Texaco Case: the Amazon Chernobyl, Tilburg University, European and

International Public Law Department, Tilburg (NL), November 2016.


Workshop: Fitorremediación, una alternativa para la remediación de suelos contaminados con

petróleo, Taller de Biorremediación, Universidad San Francisco de Quito, El Coca (EC), June 2016.


Presentation: La démocratie directe pour la défense de l?eau, bien commun, Séminaire de

démocratie directe comparée, University of Geneva, Geneva (CH), December 2013.


Conferences organization:


Conference Co-Organizer

TILTing Conference "Regulating a connected World", Tilburg University, Tilburg (NL), 2017.


Symposium Co-Organizer


Symposium "Reconstrucción socio-ecologica en el Norte de la Amazonía Ecuatoriana", Universidad

San Francisco de Quito, El Coca (EC), 2016.




PhD Council Board Member as Policy Advisor for Education and Sustainability, 2017 - Present.


IEEE General Member, and specific membership of IEEE Society on Social Implications of Technology and of IEEE Computer Society (International), 2017 - Present.


CoRenewal, for oil bioremediation (USA), 2016 - Present

Member of the Board.


Environmental Justice Network (IT), 2015 - Present

Editor and member.


Geneva Association of Comparative and Transnational Law (CH), 2015 - Present

Contributing Member.





Grant Researcher “Master Thesis Abroad” (September 2014 - January 2015)

Universidad Católica de Chile, Santiago (Chile)


Distinguished Scholar Grant (2012 - 2016)

AlmaViva, Rome (Italy)