News and Events

FRC Researcher Auke Willems will present at the Cambridge International and European Law Conference 2017 . His paper is titled: ‘The Transformation of the Principle of Mutual Trust in EU Criminal Law by the Court of Justice of the European Union’. The conference will take place on 23-24 March, at the Law Faculty of the University of Cambridge.

Gianclaudio Malgieri from LSTS will present his paper "Pricing privacy: the value of (big) data ownership" at the British and Irish Law Education and Technology Association - BILETA 2017 Conference which will be held at the University of Minho in Portugal next 20th and 21st of April.

On 27 February, Hub Co-Director Prof. Christopher Kuner presented his paper “The Internet and the global reach of EU law” at a workshop at the European University Institute in Florence.

Since March 2016, Brussels Privacy Hub has hosted a number of workshops that consider the practical implementation of the GDPR. The next workshop, due to be held on 21 March 2017 will address data protection issues arising from the use of smart grids in the energy sector. For more information, please visit the BPH websiteor contact us at info@brusselsprivacyhub.org.

If you missed the CPDP 2017 Launch event "Patterns, Profiling and PNR: The new PNR Directive and its implications" you can watch the video now on the CPDP 2017 Youtube channel.

Prof. Christopher Kuner has published a new article, entitled 'The internet and the global reach of EU law’, based on his lectures given at the Summer Course on European Union Law at the European University Institute in Florence. It is an advanced draft of a chapter that will be published by Oxford University Press in the 'Collected Courses of the Academy of European Law'.

The FP7 CRISP Project on evaluation and certification of security products is now in its final course. The key output of the project is an informal EU standard, called CEN Workshop Agreement (CWA), which aims to standardise guidelines for evaluation of installed security systems.The CWA is now publicly available for comments until the 1st of March here. Feel free to provide feedback on the document and to share the link.

A huge thanks to our partners, sponsors, participants and everyone that helped make our 10th edition a memorable one. CPDP2017 received 1024 registrations! The three-day conference offered participants 78 panels, workshops and side events. The next edition of CPDP will take place between 24-26 January 2018.

From June 26-30 2017, the Brussels Privacy Hub will host the 2nd European Data Protection Law Summer School: ‘The GDPR is Now’. For more information, please visit the Hub website.

We are proud and happy to announce that one additional Doctor of Law has just been added to our VUB family: On Tuesday 15 November 2016, Irene Wieczorek successfully defended her PhD thesis, entitled ‘The Legitimacy of EU Criminal Law: What Role for Normative and Instrumental Justifications?’.

On 13 October 2016, LSTS organizes the FWO Interdisciplinary Seminar ‘ANYWARE’: Privacy and Location Data in the Era of Machine Learning. For information and registration, visit our blog.

A new blog entry entitled ‘Why the UN should be the world’s lead privacy agency’ has been published on the IAPP Privacy Perspective. The blog was written by Prof. Paul de Hert, BPH Co-Director and Vagelis Papakonstantinou, LSTS Researcher.

Paul de Hert and David Wright have co-edited a new book, Enforcing Privacy. It considers the enforcement of privacy and data protection. It demonstrates different approaches – regulatory, legal and technological – to enforcing privacy. The book's contributors include regulators, privacy advocates, academics, SMEs, a Member of the European Parliament, lawyers and a technology researcher.

The Brussels Privacy Hub 1st European Data Protection Law Summer School: Getting to the Grips with the GDPR: the programme highlights a summer school faculty of top data protection law professionals, experts in their field. Register now for a week filled of opportunities to further understand the implications of the GDPR and to network with other data protection professionals. The summer school has also been approved by the IAPP, with a maximum of 12 CPEs available for IAPP certified attendees.

Professor Gloria Gonzàlez-Fuster, BPH Summer School Programme Coordinator and LSTS Research Professor, has published an article in which she considers whether the new General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) will help to create a better internet for kids? She argues yes… but only if we all work on it!

Two working papers from the Brussels Privacy Hub Working Paper Series written by Hub and LSTS researchers have been featured on the Cybersecurity Capacity Portal which is an initative of the Global Cyber Security Capacity Centre at the University of Oxford.

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The multidisciplinary Research Group on Law, Science, Technology & Society (LSTS) was created in 2003 as an independent entity within the Faculty of Law & Criminology at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel. With more than 30 researchers at all levels of experience, LSTS has become a prominent European research institute in the area of technology regulation.

LSTS at a glance

LSTS began in 2003 with four researchers, based on former work in the area of data protection law and computer crime carried out in the faculty under the leadership of Prof. Bart De Schutter. It currently has over 30 staff, including over 20 academic staff.
LSTS has become one of the leading European IT law research centers, and has retained a global focus. We have awarded numerous PhD degrees, and taken part in many European research projects. It is the most active publishing group within the Faculty of Law and Criminology at VUB in terms of books, reports, articles, and book chapters that have been published with prestigious publishers and journals.

The team is led, both administratively and academically, by Profs. Serge Gutwirth and Paul De Hert. The staff comprises several postdoc researchers, PhD researchers, associated researchers and 11 affiliated professors (core professors are: Serge Gutwirth, Paul De Hert, Mireille Hildebrandt, Christopher Kuner, Fabienne Brison and Gloria González Fuster). Research staff at LSTS have backgrounds in a number of areas, including law, ethics, philosophy, political science, sociology, chemistry, criminology, and others. Great emphasis is placed on incorporating a multidisciplinary perspective in all our work.

Major research areas

At LSTS we have five major research areas:

a) Privacy and data protection, which is an area where the work done by LSTS researchers is highly influential. LSTS researchers also operate the Brussels Privacy Hub, an internationally-focused privacy research centre, the Privacy Salon, an NGO aiming at public awareness of privacy and other social and ethical consequences of new technologies, and the Brussels Laboratory for Data Protection & Privacy Impact Assessments (d.pia.lab)

b) The impact of technologies and surveillance on fundamental rights in the Information Society;

c) E-Health (including e-Aging) and human body related questions raised by technology;

d) Intellectual property rights as they relate to the use of ICTs;

e) The changing nature of law (digital legal theory) and the role of law in relation to science, technology and politics. The focus of LSTS on legal theory and philosophy and the proper role of law in relation to other sciences and disciplines is one of the things that makes it unique.

Within these five areas, our expertise covers a wide range of topics related to developments in information and communication technologies, such as surveillance, e-commerce, e-health, regulation of ICT, biotechnology, identity management, e-signatures, biometrics, cybercrime, security, international and comparative law, international humanitarianism, intellectual property rights, citizenship, risk analysis and management, precautionary politics and governance, globalization, and Europeanization, among others.
Additionally, LSTS is leading the establishment of Food Forum at VUB, promoting multidisciplinary approaches to food law.

A global perspective

LSTS is a widely and intensely networked organization.
We lead and perform EU projects as part of consortia with many other European universities and research centres. We also cooperate actively with many leading universities outside Europe.
Our researchers are also active in international organizations such as the UN, OECD, international humanitarian organizations, and others.

We recruit internationally, with most of our researchers being non-Belgians, and our main working language is English. However, we also publish quite a bit in other languages, including Dutch, French, Italian, and Spanish, among others.

CPDP Conferences

LSTS is the main organizer of the yearly Computers, Privacy & Data Protection Conference, which puts LSTS at the very heart of the world data protection and privacy community. This event, with Paul De Hert as a lead organizer, brings together all the influential voices in the field (academics, practitioners, policy-makers and civil society) and has become an influential platform for dissemination by researchers and PhD students. The conference regularly attracts to Brussels over 1,000 attendees from around the world. It has resulted in the publication of several books putting forward multidisciplinary perspectives on privacy and personal data protection.

Recent books & publications

Kamara Irene (2017) Co-regulation in EU personal data protection: the case of technical standards and the Privacy by Design standardisation ‘mandate’. European Journal of Law and Technology. ▸ Abstract

Van Bendegem Jean Paul (2017) Wiskunde en seksualiteit. Wiskunde en Onderwijs 43, pp. 24-32. ▸ Abstract

Van Bendegem Jean Paul, Desmet Ronald (2017) The complementary faces of mathematical beauty. Logique et Analyse (237) 60(237): 87-106. ▸ Abstract

Azzopardi Roberta Vella, Vermeiren Sofie, Gorus Ellen, Habbig Ann-Katrin, Petrovic Mirko, Van Den Noortgate Nele, De Vriendt Patricia, Bautmans Ivan, Beyer Ingo, Gerontopole Brussels Study Group (2016) Linking Frailty Instruments to the International Classification of Functioning, Disability, and Health. Journal of the American Medical Directors Association. ▸ Abstract

Barnard-Wills D., Pauner Christina, De Hert Paul (2016) Data protection authority perspectives on the impact of data protection reform on cooperation in the EU. Computer Law & Security Review (4) 32(4): 587-598. ▸ Abstract

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