Mistale conducts applied research into law, ethics, human rights, privacy and data protection as they relate to emerging technologies. She conducts impact assessments within various projects on crisis, resilience and security. She provides recommendations to tech developers and end users on how to design and deploy technologies in an ethical, lawful and privacy-preserving way. She also publishes articles, contributes to policymaking and presents at conferences.
Mistale’s background lies in public international law and data protection law. She looks at how traditional conceptions of international law play out in the online sphere. She has also conducted research and given advice on questions of international human rights law and international criminal law to actors in conflict or post-conflict situations in her role as Counsel at the Public International Law and Policy Group.
Mistale holds a BA, LLM and PhD from Utrecht University. Her doctoral thesis is entitled ‘Transatlantic Jurisdictional Conflicts in Data Protection Law: How the Fundamental Right to Data Protection Conditions the European Union’s Exercise of Extraterritorial Jurisdiction’ and was nominated for the Theo van Boven Maastricht Human Rights Research Prize in 2018.