Paul Quinn


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

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Paul is active in pursuing a number of his research interests at LSTS, including in areas such as data protection, privacy issues and problems related to stigmatization and discrimination. With respect to the first of these, he has developed an expertise in privacy and data protection issues in the area of health care delivery. He is in particular interested in the evolving use of patient data in health care delivery and has published a number of articles on these issues . In addition in recent years Paul has been active a number or European research projects which have a strong focus on these themes. In doing so he has contributed to the state of the art in terms of what is permissible with patient health data in innovative healthcare contexts involving the use of mHealth and eHealth technologies. He is also interested on the role of the law in regulating scientific research, an interest that stems from his earlier scientific background.

Paul has also been active in research into issues associated with stigmatization and anti-discrimination approaches. He has been particularly active in developing a normative argument concerning the threats posed by stigmatizing expressions and language when used by the state. His PhD thesis was entitled “Stigmatizing Expressions of the State and the Problems they Pose for the Law”. It was concerned with the harm that such expressions can cause and the difficulties that legal systems may have in regulating such harms. This included inter alia problems that areas such as criminal law, administrative law and anti-discrimination law may have in tackling stigmatizing expressions and statements, in particular those made by the state and public officials. Paul takes a special interest in the clash of values that occur at the heart of democratic societies concerning issues such as freedom of expression, state neutrality and democratic accountability.

Before joining the LSTS team Paul worked in the legal industry in the UK. He trained as a Barrister (Bar of England and Wales) and is a member of Greys Inn. He holds degrees in European and International Law (LLM, Institute of European Studies, Brussels), Law (MA, University Sheffield) and Biochemistry, (University of Sheffield).


Konstantinou Ioulia, Quinn Paul, De Hert Paul (2016) Overview of applicable legal framework and general legal requirements: Deliverable 3.1 for the SeCloud project. SeCloud project.

Quinn Paul (2015) The Use of Anonymisation Techniques to Allow Patient Data to be Used for Research Processes – A Reflection on the Recent Article 29 Working Party Opinion. In: Fifth European Conference on Health Law, Book of Abstracts, pp. 23-23. ▸ Abstract

Green Manfred, De Hert Paul, Quinn Paul (2014) Risk Communication The Increasing Importance of Social Media. not applicable. ▸ Abstract

Quinn Paul (2014) Book Review: Mark Flear, Anne-Maree Farrell,Tamara K Hervey and Thérèse Murphy (Eds.), European Law. Common Market Law Review 51: 710-713. ▸ Abstract

Quinn Paul, De Hert Paul (2014) Ethical, Legal and Political Implications (of the New Framework Model). Deliverable to the EU Project Tell Me. (Transparent communication in Epidemics: Learning Lessons from experience, delivering effective Messages, providing Evidence). Tell Me. ▸ Abstract

Quinn Paul, De Hert Paul (2014) Self respect—A ‘‘Rawlsian Primary Good’’ unprotected by the European Convention on Human Rights and its lack of a coherent approach to stigmatisation?. International Journal of Discrimination and the Law (IJDL) 14: 19-53. ▸ Abstract

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De Hert Paul, Quinn Paul, Mantovani Eugenio, Habbig Ann-Katrin (2013) Regulatory framework and data protection including patient rights. Deliverable  to the EU project Reaction. Reaction. ▸ Abstract

Mantovani Eugenio, Guihen Barry Barton, Quinn Paul, Habbig Ann-Katrin, De Hert Paul (2013) eHealth to mHealth. A Journey Precariously Dependent upon Apps?. European Journal of ePractice ( 21( 48-66. ▸ Abstract

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Mantovani Eugenio, Quinn Paul (2013) mHealth and data protection – the letter and the spirit of consent legal requirements. International Review of Law, Computers & Technology. ▸ Abstract

Quinn Paul (2013) Medical Apps and Accountability – Where can the Patient/Consumer find protection?. In: European Journal of Health Law. Fourth Conference on European Health Law, Book of Abstracts.

Quinn Paul, Habbig Ann-Katrin, Mantovani Eugenio, De Hert Paul (2013) The Data Protection and Medical Device Frameworks — Obstacles to the Deployment of mHealth across Europe?. European Journal of Health Law (2) 20(2): 185-204. ▸ Abstract

Quinn Paul, De Hert Paul (2012) The European Patients’ Rights Directive: A clarification and codification of individual rights relating to cross border healthcare and novel initiatives aimed at improving pan-European healthcare co-operation. Medical Law International 12: 28-69. ▸ Abstract

De Hert Paul, Mantovani Eugenio, Quinn Paul (2011) Privacy In E-Health Put To Practice: The Concept Of Concierge As A Physical And Technical Interface. In: Third European Conference on Health Law, Books of Abstracts. The Centre for Biomedical Ethics and Law, Leuven. ▸ Abstract

Quinn Paul, De Hert Paul (2011) The Patients' Rights Directive (2011/24/EU) - Providing (some) rights to EU residents seeking healthcare in other Member States. Computer Law & Security Review (5) 27(5): 497-502. ▸ Abstract

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