Mauricio Figueroa



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Mauricio is a Ph.D. Candidate at Newcastle Law School, where he is a member of the research group "Law and Futures". He holds an LL.M. (Master of Laws) on Law and Technology from Tel Aviv University.

Research interests

Mauricio's doctoral thesis explores "Ghostbots", digital innovations that allow people to interact with the dead through Artificial Intelligence (AI). Under the supervision of Prof. Lilian Edwards, he studies how the existing legal categories of privacy, personhood and property fail or succeed to regulate this emerging and complex phenomenon. He also attempts to place this legal analysis within the wider intersection of Ethics, Technology and Society.