Visiting Scholars Programme

Visiting Scholars Programme

The Visiting Scholars programme provides scholars and other researchers the opportunity to spend time at the Brussels Privacy Hub working on their own research projects related to privacy and innovation. The programme aims to encourage and support fellows in an inviting and rigorous intellectual environment that is enriched by the wealth of knowledge and expertise of academics and scholars within the Faculty of Law & Criminology at the Vrije Universiteit Brussels, including members of the Research Group on Law, Science, Technology and Society.

Please note that the programme is completely halted until spring 2022 due to the uncertainty created by Covid-19. We will not accept any applications until then.

Dr. Alberto Miglio

(January 2020)

Dr Alberto Miglio is a postdoctoral researcher at the Law Department of the University of Turin.

He holds a law degree from the University of Turin, an LL.M. from the College of Europe, and a PhD from the University of Milan-Bicocca.

His current research focuses on extraterritoriality in EU data protection law. His research interests also include differentiated integration and the enforcement of EU law.

Prof. Jungnyum Lee

(June – July 2019)

Professor Jungnyum Lee is a Professor specialized in Criminal Law, Criminal Procedural Law, Criminology and Forensic Science (regarding the protection of biological genetic data from an individual) and respective Legislative Policy in respect to personal data protection and security at Soongsil University in Seoul, Korea. She is a Humboldt Research Member of Alexander von Humboldt Foundation (Germany) since 2013. She worked for the National Assembly of South Korea as a Senior Legislative Research Official in Criminal Law (2009-2011) andshe was an Advisory Committee Member of the Korean National Forensic Service (2010-2012).

During her stay at Brussels Privacy Hub, Professor Lee will do research on her project on “Criminal legislative models for the regulation of fake news on the internet” in cooperation with the Korean National Research Foundation. Her research project is focused on personal data protection, private informational privacy and freedom of expression with the aim of suggesting legislative models for the regulation of fake news or disinformation. Furthermore, Professor Lee will do research on the various legal systems and policies of the European Union and its Member States responding to privacy challenges posed by the development of new scientific technologies such as Industry 4.0.

Timothy Kariotis

(June 2019)

Timothy is a PhD candidate at The University of Melbourne, with a passion for mental health, health informatics, privacy, and participatory design. Being a carer has shaped Timothy's research focus in the area of mental health information use, and people's experience of mental health care. Tim brings these topics together with interest in thinking about the ethics of data-centric and automated technology in mental health contexts.

Timothy’s PhD research explores information continuity between mental health care, primary health care, and social care services, for people with a lived experience of a severe mental illness. Tim’s PhD aims to develop design principles for electronic health records that uphold people’s privacy needs. Tim is passionate about participatory approaches to designing for privacy and is working with both service users and service providers in his PhD.

Outside of research Timothy coordinates the Australasia activities and contributes to policy and strategic planning for the international public health not-for-profit NCDFREE. He also works as a consultant on projects ranging from health promotion campaigns to eLearning for clinicians. 

During his stay at BPH, Timothy will present his research at a Doctoral Seminar: “Information Continuity in the Digital Age: Co-Developing the Socio-Technical Design Requirements for Integrated Electronic Health Records to Uphold Contextual Privacy.”

Dr. Monique Mann

(January 2019)

Dr. Monique Mann is the Vice Chancellor’s Research Fellow in Technology and Regulation at the Faculty of Law, Queensland University of Technology. She is a member of:

Dr Mann is advancing a program of socio-legal research on the intersecting topics of algorithmic justice, police technology, surveillance, and transnational online policing. She is on the Board of Directors of the Australian Privacy Foundation.

Prof. Graham Greenleaf


Professor Graham Greenleaf is Professor of Law & Information Systems and specialises in the relationships between information technology and law, and research in the areas of cyberspace law, data protection and privacy, legal information systems and intellectual property. His current areas of research focus are Asian data protection and privacy laws, public rights in copyright, and the globalization of free Internet access to legal information. He is the co-founder and UNSW Co-Director of AustLII, and the co-founder of the Cyberspace Law & Policy Centre, and from 2000-2010 its Academic Director. In 2010, he was made a Member of the Order of Australia (AM) with the Citation: "For service to the law through the development of free electronic access to legal information, and as a leader in the protection of privacy."

During his stay at BPH, Prof Greenleaf will  present some of his recent publications at the "Meet the author Series: "Threats to EU concepts of ‘adequacy’ from trade agreements and data export agreements in the Asia-Pacific", and will contribute as a member of the faculty of the 3rd Euroepan Data Protection Law Summer School.

Professor Haksoo Ko

(July 2016)

Haksoo Ko is Professor of Law at Seoul National University School of Law in Seoul, Korea. He holds a B.A. degree in Economics from Seoul National University and received both J.D. and Ph.D. (Economics) degrees from Columbia University in New York, USA. He primarily teaches areas in Data Privacy and in Law and Economics. His research interests include data privacy; technology policy; and contracting and negotiation. He has teaching experiences at Columbia University, National University of Singapore, University of Hamburg, and Yonsei University. He also practiced law with large law firms in the U.S. and in Korea. He is a recipient of the Humboldt Foundation Fellowship for Experienced Scholars from Germany. 

Professor Ko recently published  in the BPH's working paper series on “Structure and Enforcement of Data Privacy Law in South Korea".

Dr. Vinícius Borges Fortes


Dr. Vinícius Borges Fortes is a post-doc researcher at VUB's LSTS Research Group and Brussels Privacy Hub. He obtained a doctoral degree in Law from Estácio de Sá University, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil (2015), with an international scholarship from CAPES Foundation (Brazil) to be visiting researcher at University of Zaragoza, Spain (2014-2015), where he was supervised by Professor Fernando Galindo Ayuda. His PhD thesis was about the inclusion of the so-called Internet Privacy Rights in Brazilian Internet Bill of Rights (Marco Civil da Internet) and the draft bill of rights on data protection in Brazil, mainly connected to the regulation of the fundamental right to privacy.

Currently, he is a researcher and lecturer at IMED's Law, IT and Computer Science Schools, in Passo Fundo, Brazil, teaching Legal Informatics and Intellectual Property Law courses. He is, also, an independent lawyer with experience in Law and New Technologies and Business Law areas. His research interests are around Internet privacy rights, data protection, surveillance and Internet regulation.

Dr Borges Fortes recently published in the BPH's working paper series on The Right to Privacy and Personal Data Protection in Brazil: Time for internet privacy rights? His other publications are available here.

Jonas Botta

(June - July 2019)

Jonas is currently completing his doctorate in law at the German University of Administrative Sciences and works as a research associate at the German Research Institute for Public Administration in the program area "Transformation of the State in Times of Digitization". His academic focus is on data protection issues in (online) education and at work. In addition, Jonas has specialized in the legal dimension of cross-border data flows, in particular the EU-US Privacy Shield framework. He received several scholarships for his work, most notably from the German Academic Scholarship Foundation ("Studienstiftung des deutschen Volkes") and the Foundation of German Business ("Stiftung der Deutschen Wirtschaft"). Before Jonas' academic career, he graduated in law from the Humboldt University of Berlin and worked for a Member of Parliament in the field of human rights policy.

During his stay at BPH, Jonas will present his research at a Doctoral Seminar: "The University of the Future - Privacy Challenges and Discrimination Risks"


Prof. Meg Leta Jones

(2017 & 2019)

Prof. Meg Leta Jones is an Associate Professor in the Communication, Culture & Technology Department at Georgetown University where she researches rules and technological change with a focus on privacy, data protection, and automation in digital information and computing technologies. She is also a core faculty member of the Science, Technology, and International Affairs program in Georgetown's School of Foreign Service, as well as an affiliate at the Center for Privacy & Technology at Georgetown Law Center and the Ethics Lab in the Kennedy Institute of Ethics. Dr. Jones researches comparative information and communication technology law, critical information and data studies, governance of emerging technologies, and the legal history of technology. Ctrl+Z: The Right to be Forgotten, her first book, is about the social, legal, and technical issues surrounding digital oblivion. Her second book project focuses on the transatlantic construction of digital consent since the mid-20th century through the lens of cookies. 

During her first stay at  BPH, Prof Jones will contribute to the Summer School  present her research at a "Lunchtime seminar: Article 22 and a Lack Thereof: A Comparative History and Future of a Right to a Human in the Loop" (3 July 2017) and will meet with key privacy and data protection stakeholders from the European institutions in Brussels.  Prof Jones has since published a  Working Paper “Does Technology Drive Law? The Dilemma Of Technological Exceptionalism In Cyberlaw”

Anbar Jayadi


Anbar is a  member of the Department of International Law, Faculty of Law, Universitas Indonesia. Anbar received her LL.M from Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam specializing in transnational legal studies, with the LPDP scholarship -a scholarship funded by Indonesia Endowment Fund for Education and her Bachelor from Faculty of Law, Universitas Indonesia where she was the first winner of the Faculty’s Most Outstanding Student Award of 2013. In terms of research, her interests include data privacy, gender, and public international law.

Francesca di Matteo


Francesca di Matteo is a visiting scholar in February 2017 at Brussels Privacy Hub with Professor Christopher Kuner. She's a PhD student at the University of Teramo, Italy. She is also working for a law firm, “Sotgiu & Associati”, in Teramo. She holds a master degree in Law with honours (single cycle degree course–5 years) at the University of Teramo (2009-2014). She spent a semester of research as a visiting student at the Erasmus Universiteit, Rotterdam (2013-2014). She attended both the public and private international law sessions of The Hague Academy of International Law (2015). She also attended the 1st European Data Protection Law Summer School (2016), organised by the Brussels Privacy Hub. Her research is focused on privacy and data protection in the digital era, surveillance, EU law, human rights, public international law.

During her stay at BPH, Miss Di Matteo  presented her research to colleagues at a "Lunchtime seminar:     The Right to Privacy in the Age of Electronic Surveillance. Reconsidering the Extraterritorial Application of Human Rights Treaties" (20 February 2017).

Dr. Hiroshi Miyashita

(April - May 2016)

Hiroshi Miyashita is associate professor of law at Chuo University, Tokyo, Japan.  He was appointed as the  first privacy officer for international relations in the Cabinet Office of Japan in 2007, attending the  OECD, APEC, APPA and Privacy Commissioner’s meetings as a Japanese delegate.  He received  Doctor in Law from Hitotsubashi University and was a visiting scholar at Harvard Law School and CRIDS  (Centre de Recherche Information, Droit et Société), University of Namur. During his stay in Brussels  Privacy Hub, Dr. Miyashita worked on a comparative analysis of right to be forgotten and genetic data.

Dr Miyashita recently published in the BPH's working paper series on The “Right to be Forgotten” and Search Engine Liability”.

About the Visiting Scholarships

All visiting scholars engage issues related to privacy and innovation, which can include legal, policy, and scientific issues. Scholars work independently, and will be expected to hold a seminar while at the Hub, and to contribute the Hub’s Working Paper Series. Whenever possible, scholars will be given the opportunity to interact with the greater legal and policy community in Brussels. The duration of the visit may vary, with a minimum of two weeks. Longer stays, to facilitate, sabbaticals, can be envisaged. Each scholar will develop and coordinate a work plan with the Hub’s directors and staff. Decisions concerning fellowships are made by the Hub Co-Directors, Prof. Paul De Hert and Prof. Christopher Kuner.

Access to University Resources

Scholars will be provided with office space and access to university resources. The Hub will introduce the scholars within its strategic networks, allowing the fellow to fully exploit the data privacy capital and stakeholders in the capital of the European Union with its extensive impact on privacy and data protection.

Visiting scholarship are bespoke and will be tailored according to the individual on a case-by-case basis depending on factors relating to need, capacity, available resources and funding through the applicant’s home institution. Scholars must make their own accommodation, insurance, visa, and transportation arrangements, but will receive practical guidance and support by the Secretariat of the Hub.

Learn More and Apply

To apply to the visiting scholar programme, send a message to with your contact details, information about your home institution, your research topic, your CV, and a short explanation on how your research would profit from a stay with the Brussels Privacy Hub.

For more information, please consult the info sheet or contact


“Brussels is a natural place to come since it is a global hub when it comes to, among others, issues in data protection. In particular, the Brussels Privacy Hub serves as an important venue

for data protection professionals, not just from the EU but from other parts of the world, where

important ideas are discussed and disseminated.”

Professor Haksoo Ko, Visiting Scholar 2016

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