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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Dr Hielke Hijmans works as independent legal advisor and researcher in the domains of fundamental rights, EU law, privacy and data protection. He is based in Brussels. His clients include the Centre for Information Policy Leadership (CIPL, a global think tank based in Washington DC, London and Brussels), Considerati (a consultancy based in Amsterdam), the Brussels Privacy Hub and the University of Luxembourg. He is member of the Meijers Committee, an independent group of experts that researches and advises on European criminal, migration, refugee, privacy, non-discrimination and constitutional law.

Until 1 October 2016, Hielke served for 12 years at the EDPS, e.g. as Head of Unit Policy & Consultations. Before, he worked at the CJEU in Luxembourg and at the Ministry of Justice in The Hague. He holds a double doctorate in law at the Vrije Universiteit Brussels and the University of Amsterdam. He is the author of: “The European Union as Guardian of Internet Privacy, The Story of Art 16 TFEU” (Springer International Publishing 2016).

He publishes on a wide range of issues in relation to the General Data Protection Regulation, with a focus on governance and the role of independent data protection authorities and on ethics.


• The European Union as Guardian of Internet Privacy, The European Union as Guardian of Internet Privacy, The Story of Art 16 TFEU, Springer, ISBN 978-3-319-34090-6. This book is based on the author’s doctorate thesis, available on: http://hdl.handle.net/11245/1.511969.

• PNR Agreement EU-Canada Scrutinised: CJEU Gives Very Precise Guidance to Negotiators, European Data Protection Law Review, 2017/3.

• (with N. Falot) Tele2: de afweging tussen privacy en veiligheid nader omlijnd, Nederlands tijdschrift voor Europees recht, 2017/3.

• The TTIP and the developments in the area of privacy and data protection, Legal Issues of Economic Integration 43 (2016), 385-398.

• The DPAs and their cooperation: how far are we in making enforcement of data protection law more European?, European Data Protection Law Review, 2016/3, 362-372.

• De bescherming van persoonsgegevens, De taak van de Europese Unie de rechtsstaat inhoud te geven en de rol van de onafhankelijke autoriteiten, Nederlands Juristenblad 16 (2016)

• On Private Persons Monitoring the Public Space, European Data Protection Law Review, 2015/2.

• Right to have links removed: Evidence of effective data protection, Maastricht Journal of European and Comparative Law, 2014/3.

• De ongeldigverklaring van de dataretentierichtlijn: een nieuwe stap in de bescherming van de grondrechten door het Hof, Nederlands tijdschrift voor Europees recht, 2014/7.

• (with H. Kranenborg) Contribution to and editing of: Data protection anno 2014: how to restore trust? Contributions in honour of Peter Hustinx, European Data Protection Supervisor (2004-2014), Hielke Hijmans and Herke Kranenborg (eds), Intersentia 2014.

• De nieuwe Europese privacywetgeving: stand van zaken bijna twee jaar na Commissievoorstel, Nederlands tijdschrift voor Europees recht, 2013/10.

• Nieuwe Europese regels voor privacy: commissie stelt pakket voor om gegevens ook in het informatietijdperk te beschermen, Nederlands tijdschrift voor Europees recht, 2012/4.

• Recent developments in data protection at European Union level, ERA Forum (2010) 11: 219–231.

• (with A. Scirocco) Shortcomings in EU data protection in the Third and the Second Pillars. Can the Lisbon Treaty be expected to help?, Common Market Law Review October 2009, 1485-1525.

• The European data protection supervisor: The institutions of the EC controlled by an independent authority, Common Market Law Review October 2006, 1313-1343.

• The third pillar in practice: coping with inadequacies. Information sharing between Member States, https://secure.edps.europa.eu/EDPSWEB/webdav/site/mySite/shared/Documents/EDPS/Publicati ons/Speeches/2007/07-02-07_preadvies_NVER_EN.pdf. [Original article in Dutch: "De derde pijler in de praktijk: leven met gebreken. Over de uitwisseling van informatie tussen de lidstaten", Preadvies voor NVER-Vergadering 24 November 2006, SEW 2006/10].

• Interstatelijkheid in ontwikkeling: De 'zuiver interne situatie verliest aan betekenis, in: De EU: De interstatelijkheid voorbij, E. Manunza en L. Senden (eds.), 2006.

• De Europese Unie, verdwijnende grenzen en elektronische diensten, SEW 2004/9.

• Rechtsbescherming voor de Europese burger en het Ontwerp-grondwettelijk verdrag, Europees Burgerschap, Asser Instituut Colloquium Europees Recht, 2003.

• (with L.A. Geelhoed): Het rechterlijk toezicht op de uitvoering van het gemeenschapsrecht in eenEuropabrede Unie, Kanttekeningen naar aanleiding van een WRR-rapport, SEW 2002/11.

• (with L.A. Geelhoed): De rechter en gebreken in de implementatie van gemeenschapsrecht, in: Magistraten zonder grenzen, Congresbundel RAIO-congres 2002.

• Regulering van elektronische handel, in: Recht en elektronische handel, R.E. van Esch en J.E.J. Prins (eds.), 2002.

• (with B.J. Koops and J.E.J. Prins), Ict Law and Internationalisation: A Survey of Government Views (Law and Electronic Commerce), Kluwer Law International, ISBN 10: 9041115056, 2000.

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