Juliana da Cunha Mota

DPhil Law

Other affiliations

Bonavero Institute - Monroe E Price Moot Court Competition Oxford Internet Institute Bonavero Institute of Human Rights


Juliana is a DPhil in Law candidate researching data protection and privacy rights in the age of surveillance capitalism, under the supervision of Professor Jeremias Adams-Prassl and Professor Rebecca Williams. She aims at understanding whether the current frameworks of the European Court of Human Rights and the European Court of Justice are still adequate to protect rights in light of the new economic imperative of data aggregation. 

She holds a Master of Laws from the University of Cambridge (2018) and a Bachelor of Laws from the University of São Paulo (2016).

At Oxford, Juliana currently acts as the co-convener of the Future of Technology and Society Discussion Group and as a mooting assistant helping run the Price Media Law Moot Court Competition.

Additionally, she acted as a research assistant to Professor Nicole Stremlau, researching AI and anticipatory action within the ConflictNet project (2023). She is also a former teaching assistant of the subject Internet Technologies and Regulations, at the Oxford Internet Institute (MT 2022 and MT 2023).

On a professional level, Juliana acted as a law clerk for criminal judges in São Paulo, Brazil. She also researched m’health, encryption, and data protection at Privacidade Brazil, a think tank affiliated with Internet Lab, founded by Ford Foundation. After being admitted to the Brazilian Bar in 2016, she acted as a solicitor in the privacy/data protection practice of Dias Carneiro Advogados, a Brazilian law firm that partially funded her research. 

She is a great mooting enthusiast, having participated in several competitions. In 2022 and 2023, she participated in the Price Media Law Moot Court Competition in different capacities. In 2022, she coached the Oxford team and in 2023 she was a mooting assistant, helping run the competition. She was the winner of the 2015 Nelson Mandela World Human Rights Moot Court and the receiver of the Peter Coenen Scholarship to attend the 2016 edition of the Lucern Academy for Human Rights Implementation. Since 2020, she regularly judges the preliminary and advanced rounds of this competition.

Juliana's research interests include privacy, data protection, AI, content moderation, freedom of expression, and human rights in general.  

Research Interests

Privacy, data protection, freedom of expression, AI, content moderation, human rights.