Hielke Hijmans


Hielke Hijmans
Law Science Technology & Society (LSTS)
Building B, room 4B317
Vrije Universiteit Brussel
Pleinlaan 2
B-1050 Brussels

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During a sabbatical for over 12 months - effectively, from 10 June 2014 until 30 June 2015 -Hielke Hijmans will work on a thesis on a topic which has triggered him during his professional activities as EU lawyer, especially working on issues relating to the information society. The purpose of this - legal - thesis will be to encourage thinking on how to give governments better instruments to effectively protect constitutional values in an era of globalization and continuous technological developments. Privacy and data protection will play a central role in this thesis. The research question will be: "What is or should be the role of independent regulators in enforcing protection of European constitutional values on the internet?" It is the intention that the research will lead to a "double doctorate"(UvA , Amsterdam and VUB, Brussels).

As from October 2004, Mr. Hielke Hijmans works at the Office of the European Data Protection Supervisor (Brussels). He is Head of Unit for Policy and Consultations. This Unit is responsible for the legislative opinions of the EDPS, the involvement of the EDPS in the development of policies by the EU Institutions, the cooperation with national data protection authorities, as well as to public access to documents and the representation of the EDPS before the Court of Justice. Hielke Hijmans worked on a great variety of issues, inter alia on proposals in the area of police and judicial cooperation, on the reform of the European data protection legislation, and the relations between the EU and the US in these areas. Subject matters include the independence of supervisory authorities, PNR, data retention and the relationship between data protection and public access to documents. On those subject matters he also pleaded before the Court of Justice.

From November 2000 to September 2004, he worked as referendaire in the Court of Justice in Luxembourg, at the Cabinet of Advocate-General Geelhoed. Until 2000, he held different posts within the Dutch administration, most recently as Counsellor on the quality of legislation in the Ministry of Justice in The Hague. His specialisations are quality of legislation, EU law and law on Internet and privacy, on which topics he published several articles.


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