Christopher Kuner


Christopher Kuner

Christopher Kuner is professor of law and co-chair of the Brussels Privacy Hub at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB) in Brussels. He is also an affiliated lecturer in the Faculty of Law of the University of Cambridge, associate professor in the Law Faculty of the University of Copenhagen, and a Visiting Professor in the Department of Law of the London School of Economics and Political Science. He is also Senior Privacy Counsel in the Brussels office of the international law firm Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati. In November 2017 he was a visiting professor at Chuo University in Tokyo, Japan.

Dr. Kuner is founding editor-in-chief of the law journal 'International Data Privacy Law' published by Oxford University Press. He is also a member of the European Commission Multisectoral Stakeholder Group to Support the Application of the EU General Data Protection Regulation (EU) 2016/679.

He holds a doctorate in law from Tilburg University (the Netherlands), an LL.M. from New York University (NYU), a US law degree (J.D.) from Notre Dame Law School, and a B.A. from Lawrence University. He has been a visiting fellow at the Centre for International Legal Studies and at Wolfson College of the University of Cambridge, and at the Oxford Internet Institute. His writings have been cited by courts such as the Court of Justice of the European Union, the German Federal Supreme Court (Bundesgerichtshof), and a leading US federal district court.

In July 2016 he taught a course at the summer school on the law of the European Union of the Academy of European Law at the European University Institute in Florence. The course will be published by Oxford University Press as “The Internet and the global reach of EU law” in the Collected Courses of the Academy of European Law.

In July 2015 he taught a special course in the private international law section of the summer session of the Hague Academy of International Law jointly with Daniel Cooper. The course has been published as “Data Protection Law and International Dispute Resolution” in the Recueil des Cours/Collected Courses of the Hague Academy, volume 382, pp. 9-174 (2017).

He has participated in the work of international organizations such as the Council of Europe, the OECD, and UNCITRAL, and in various expert groups of the European Commission. He was chair for ten years of the Task Force on Privacy and the Protection of Personal Data of the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC). On 26 June, 2015 he was awarded the "Best Consumer Supporter" award and medal by the Consumer Affairs Agency of the government of Japan for promoting EU data protection law in Japan.

Dr. Kuner is also a member of the Data Privacy Advisory Group of UN Global Pulse; the academic advisory board of the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Datenschutz und Datensicherheit (German Society for Data Protection and Data Security); and the editorial board of the International Journal of Law and Information Technology (Oxford University Press). Further information is available on his personal web site


Kuner Christopher (2017) Reality and Illusion in EU Data Transfer Regulation Post Schrems. German Law Journal (4) 18(4): 881-918. ▸ Abstract

Kuner Christopher (2017) The Internet and the Global Reach of EU Law. Working paper London School of Economics 2017 6 Apr 2017. ▸ Abstract

Kuner Christopher, Cooper Daniel (2017) Data Protection Law and International Dispute Resolution. In: Recueil des Cours of the Hague Academy of International Law. Brill | Nijhoff, pp. 1-174. ▸ Abstract

Kuner Christopher, Marelli Massimo (2017) Handbook on Data Protection in Humanitarian Action. International Committee of the Red Cross. ▸ Abstract

Kuner Christopher (2016) Reality and Illusion in EU Data Transfer Regulation Post Schrems. Working paper University of Cambridge. ▸ Abstract

Kuner Christopher (2015) Data nationalism and its discontents. Emory Law Journal Online 64: 2089-2098.

Kuner Christopher (2015) Extraterritoriality and regulation of international data transfers in EU data protection law. International Data Privacy Law (4) 5(4): 235-245. ▸ Abstract

Kuner Christopher (2015) Google Spain in the EU and international context. Maastricht Journal of European and Comparative Law (MJ) (1) 22(1): 158-164. ▸ Abstract

Kuner Christopher (2015) The Court of Justice of the EU Judgment on Data Protection and Internet Search Engines: Current Issues and Future Challenges. In: Burkhard Hess, Cristina Mariottini (eds.) Protecting Privacy in Private International and Procedural Law and by Data Protection. Ashgate / Nomos, pp. 19-55. ▸ Abstract

Weitzner Daniel, van Eijk Nico, Abramatic Jean-Franç, ois, Callahan Mary Ellen, Cate Fred, Van Eecke Patrick, Guild Elspeth, De Hert Paul, Hustinx Peter, Kuner Christopher, Mulligan Deirdre, O'Connor Nuala, Reidenberg Joel, Rubinstein Ira, Schaar Peter, Shadbolt Nigel, Spiekermann Sarah, Vladeck David (2015) Privacy Bridges: EU and US Privacy Experts in Search of Transatlantic Privacy Solutions. Other contribution Massachusetts Institute for Technology Computer Science and Artficial Intelligence Laboratory (Cambridge) and the Institute for Information Law of the University of Amsterdam. ▸ Abstract

Kuner Christopher (2014) Foreign Nationals and Data Protection Law: a Transatlantic Analysis. In: Data Protection Anno 2014: How to Restore Trust?. Intersentia, pp. 213-224. ▸ Abstract

Kuner Christopher (2014) The European Union and the Search for an International Data Protection Framework. Groningen Journal of International Law (2) 2(2): 55-71. ▸ Abstract

Kuner Christopher (2013) Transborder Data Flows and Data Privacy Law. Oxford University Press.

Kuner Christopher (2010) Data Protection Law and International Jurisdiction on the Internet (Part 1). International Journal of Law and Information Technology (2) 18(2): 176-193. ▸ Abstract

Kuner Christopher (2010) Data Protection Law and International Jurisdiction on the Internet (Part 2). International Journal of Law and Information Technology (3) 18(3): 227-247. ▸ Abstract

Kuner Christopher (2010) Regulation of Transborder Data Flows under Data Protection and Privacy Law: Past, Present, and Future. OECD. ▸ Abstract

Kuner Christopher, Burton Cedric, Hladjk Joerg, Proust Olivier (2010) Study on online copyright enforcement and data protection in selected Member States. European Commission. ▸ Abstract

Kuner Christopher (2009) An International Legal Framework for Data Protection: Issues and Prospects. Computer Law & Security Review 25: 307-318. ▸ Abstract

Kuner Christopher (2008) Data Protection and Rights Protection on the Internet: The Promusicae Judgment of the European Court of Justice. European Intellectual Property Review (5) 5: 199-202. ▸ Abstract

Kuner Christopher (2007) European Data Protection Law: Corporate Compliance and Regulation. Oxford University Press. ▸ Abstract

Kuner Christopher (2006) Commentary on Articles 21, 22, 23, 24, and 25. In: A.H. Boss, W. Kilian (eds.) The UNCITRAL Convention on the Use of Electronic Communications in International Contracts. Wolters Kluwer Law & Business, pp. 245-259. ▸ Abstract

Kuner Christopher (2005) Privacy, Security and Transparency: Challenges for Data Protection Law in a New Europe. European Business Law Review (1) 16(1): 1-8. ▸ Abstract

Kuner Christopher, Hladjk Jörg (2005) Die alternativen Standardvertragsklauseln der EU für internationale Datenübermittlungen. Recht der Datenverarbeitung (5) 21(5): 193-201. ▸ Abstract

Kuner Christopher (2003) European Data Privacy Law and Online Business. Oxford University Press.

Kuner Christopher (2003) Report on Compliance with, and Enforcement of, Privacy Protection Online. OECD. ▸ Abstract

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