The BPH bas been established under the auspices of the Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB), a leading Belgian university based in central Brussels, to serve as a platform for privacy-related research. The BPH focuses on data protection and privacy law, but will also incorporate expertise from non-legal disciplines. It will take a multi-disciplinary approach, and will include academics (including additional professorships) in related areas such as computer security, sociology, and economics.
The staff of the BPH has a deep level of understanding of EU data protection law and policy-making, and extensive contacts with the relevant EU institutions. Besides permanent staff, the BPH will bring visiting scholars (such as regulators and academics) to Brussels for short- or long-term visits.
Professor Christopher Kuner is BPH Founder and Co-Director and Professor of law, 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.
Professor Gloria Gonzàlez-Fuster is Summer School Programme Coordinator. She is a Research Professor at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB). Member of the Law, Science, Technology and Society (LSTS) Research Group, she investigates legal issues related to fundamental rights, privacy, personal data protection and security, and lectures for the Master of Laws in International and European Law (PILC) of VUB’s Institute for European Studies (IES), as well as for the Master on Data Protection of the Universidad Internacional de La Rioja (UNIR). She has published The Emergence of Personal Data Protection as a Fundamental Right of the EU (Springer, 2014), a monograph based on her PhD dissertation defended at VUB’s Faculty of Law and Criminology. She is currently contributing to a number of EU-funded and national research projects.
Amy Weatherburn is BPH Managing Director. She is a PhD candidate in the Fundamental Rights and Constitutionalism Research Group at VUB, her research focuses upon fundamental rights and in particular, the handling of labour exploitation in law and seeks to consider how to address any gaps in the current framework.
Professor Paul de Hert is BPH Co-Director and currently holds the chair of 'Criminal Law', and 'International and European Criminal Law'. He is Co-Director of the Research group Law Science Technology & Society (LSTS), Director of the Research group on human rights (HUMR), and Director of the Department of Interdisciplinary Studies of Law (Metajuridics).
Vagelis Papakonstantinou is Training Programe Coordinator. He is co-founder of MPlegal Law Firm in Athens and a researcher at LSTS. He provides assistance to the BPH in the Data Protection in Humanitarian Action project ran in collaboration with the ICRC, and will be a member of the Hub's Summer School faculty. He has also contributed to the Hub Working Paper Series.
Mistale Taylor is a PhD candidate at Utrecht University, The Netherlands. During her stay at LSTS, VUB, Mistale contributed to developing the BPH Communications Strategy and is the BPH Newsletter Editor.
Lina Jasmontaite is a PhD candidate at LSTS. She has contributed to Hub events and authored the GDPR Workshop Summaries.
Ioulia Konstantinou is a PhD researcher at LSTS. She provided assistance for the Data Protection in Humanitarian Action project ran in collaboration with the ICRC, and was rapportuer of the GDPR Workshop Series.
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