Eduard Fosch-Villaronga

Eduard Fosch-Villaronga

Dr. Fosch-Villaronga is an Assistant Professor at the eLaw Center for Law and Digital Technologies at Leiden University (NL) where he investigates legal and regulatory aspects of robot and AI technologies, with a special focus on healthcare. Eduard recently published the book ‘Robots, Healthcare, and the Law. Regulating Automation in Personal Care’ with Routledge and is interested in human-robot interaction, responsible innovation, and the future of law.

Eduard is the co-leader of the Ethical, Legal, and Societal Aspects Working Group at the H2020 Cost Action 16116 on Wearable Robots and the Social Responsibility Working Group at the H2020 Cost Action 19121 GoodBrother. Eduard served the European Commission in the Sub-Group on Artificial Intelligence (AI), connected products and other new challenges in product safety to the Consumer Safety Network (CSN) to revise the General Product Safety directive.

Previously, he worked as a Marie Skłodowska-Curie Postdoctoral Researcher under the LEaDing Fellows at eLaw. (Jan 2019-Dec 2020). He also was a postdoc at the Microsoft Cloud Computing Research Center at Queen Mary University of London (the UK, 2018) investigating the legal implications of cloud robotics; and at the University of Twente (NL, 2017) as a postdoc, exploring iterative regulatory modes for robot governance. Eduard Fosch-Villaronga holds an Erasmus Mundus Joint Doctorate (EMJD) in Law, Science, and Technology coordinated by the University of Bologna (IT, 2017), an LL.M. from University of Toulouse (FR, 2012), an M.A. from the Autonomous University of Madrid (ES), and an LL.B. from the Autonomous University of Barcelona (CAT, 2011). Eduard is also a qualified lawyer in Spain and his publications are available online.

Curriculum Vitae_Eduard Fosch Villaronga (13).pdf

Awards & Grants

(2020) Meijers Prize for the best published article of each faculty research programme, Leiden University, Value: 500 EUR.

(2020) COVR Award, 60.000 EUR to work on the subproject LIAISON: Liaising robot development and policy making to increase overall robot safety. Main project: H2020 COVR Being safe around collaborative and versatile robots in shared spaces. Value: 60.000 EUR.

(2019) EURA Young Scholar Prize, European Center of Excellence on the Regulation of Robotics and AI.

(2019) Personal Visiting Researcher Grant, Research Council of Norway. Value: 7000 EUR.

(2019) Erasmus+ ICM Teaching Staff Exchange Grant. Value: 3500 EUR.

(2019-2021) Marie Skłodowska-Curie Postdoctoral Research Fellowship. Value: 2 year full-time contract (EU Contribution 63.000 EUR).

(2018) The ideas of my Ph.D. Thesis “Create a European Robot Impact Assessment” and “Create a Robot Seal” have been Included in the “EYE2018 Report: 100 ideas for a better future,'' an event organized by the European Parliament.

(2018) Selected for the invitation-only Robotics Science and Systems (RSS) Pioneers Workshop. Value: Travel expenses

(2018) Selected as Talent for the Mission -1 at Mindfire Foundation, Davos, Switzerland. Value: Travel expenses

(2017) Grindley Grant, Competitive Conference Attendance Funding, Experimental Psychology Society. Value: Travel expenses

(2016) JSAI-isAI Competitive Workshop Organization Grant, Yokohama, Japan. Value: 1500 EUR.

(2013-2016) Erasmus Mundus Joint Doctorate Full Scholarship. Education, Audiovisual and Culture Executive Agency (EACEA), European Commission. Value: 3-year full time scholarship.

(2011) Erasmus Scholarship to join Université Toulouse Capitole I, France.

(2007) Second Award in “Programa Argó”, Autonomous University of Barcelona, Catalonia.V alue: 1100 EUR

(2007) First Price High School Dissertation, Jaume Mimó High School, Cerdanyola del Vallès, Barcelona, Catalonia.

(2007) High School with Honors, Government of Catalonia. Value: First year university tuition free.

(2007) Orator, Grant to Study English in the U.K., Government of Catalonia. Value: 2-week full board in the UK.

Advisory boards and professional associations

(2019 - present) Member of the LIFEBOTS Exchange Project Reference Board. The LIFEBOTS Exchange project aims at enhancing cross-sector, international and interdisciplinary collaboration in the area of social robotics technology for care and is funded by the Research and Innovation Staff Exchange (RISE), which is part of the Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions (MSCA) under Horizon 2020.

(2019 - present) Advisor to the Vulnerabilities in Robotic Society Project (VIROS) at the University of Oslo, Norway. The VIROS Project investigates the challenges and solutions in regulating robotics – legally and technically – particularly with respect to addressing the safety, security and privacy concerns such systems raise, and it has received funding from the Norwegian Research Council.

(2017 – present) Co-Leader of the Working Group on the Ethical, Legal and Societal Aspects for the CA COST Action CA16116 on Wearable Robots for Augmentation, Assistance or Substitution of Human Motor Functions.

(2020 – present) Leader of the Working Group on Robotics and Autonomous Systems at eLaw Center for Law and Digital Technologies, Leiden University.

(2020 – present) MC Member of the CA 19121 Network on Privacy-Aware Audio- and Video-Based Applications for Active and Assisted Living.

(2020 – present) Member of the Wearable Robotics Topic Group of SPARC, the Public-Private Partnership in Robotics between the European Commission and euRobotics AISB,

(2020 – present) Marie Curie Alumni Association (MCAA), see

(2020 – present) MC Member of the CA Cost Action 19121 on Network on Privacy-Aware Audio- and Video-Based Applications for Active and Assisted Living.

(2019) Robotics Science and Systems Pioneers Workshop 2019 Organizing Committee.

(2018 – present) Member of the European AI Alliance, European Commission (steered by the High-Level Expert Group on AI).

(2018) Talent at Mindfire Global Foundation Mission -1.

(2017 – present) Programme Committee of the International Workshop on Security of Mobile Applications (IWSMA) at the International Conference on Availability, Reliability, and Security (ARES).

(2017 – present) Member of the Standardization Topic Group of SPARC, the Public-Private Partnership in Robotics between the European Commission and euRobotics AISB.

(2016-2018) Member of the Foundation for Responsible Robotics.

(2011- present) Qualified Lawyer in Spain.


Member of the International Association of Hyperpolyglots (HYPIA)

  • Catalan / Spanish, native.

  • English / French / Italian, full professional proficiency.

  • German, limited working proficiency.

  • Dutch, elementary proficiency.

  • Portuguese / Lithuanian / Chinese very elementary proficiency.

Originally from Catalunya

I am from Catalunya, originally. Catalunya is a rich country with many different traditions. Here some:

Name and pronunciation

My name is Eduard and my two surnames are Fosch Villaronga. In Catalunya, and in other non Anglo-Saxon countries, people have one or more names, and two surnames: one usually coming from the father, and the other coming from the mother. You can read more about this here. However, to be consistent in an English-dominated academic world, I usually write Fosch-Villaronga so I avoid that one of my surnames is considered a middle name. You can read about this issue further here.

The correct pronunciation of Eduard in Catalan is /ə.ðuˈart/. Two particular characteristics of this pronunciation are: the first 'E' is pronounced as an 'ah;' the second is that the stressed syllable is at the end, '-ard', like in French. If you want to pronounce my name correctly in Catalan, you can try listening this audio.