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.

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.

Prof. Meg Leta Jones


Prof. Meg Leta Jones is an Assistant Professor in Georgetown University's Communication, Culture & Technology program and Science, Technology, and International Affairs program, where she researches and teaches in the area of technology law and policy. Her research interests cover a wide range of technology policy issues including comparative surveillance and privacy law, engineering design and ethics, legal history of technology, robotics law and policy, and the governance of emerging technologies. Prof. Jones received her B.A. in sociology and J.D. from the University of Illinois and her Ph.D. from the University of Colorado, Engineering & Applied Science, in Technology, Media & Society. Her current book project, Ctrl+Z: The Right to be Forgotten, analyzes social, legal, and technical issues surrounding digital oblivion (NYU Press).

During her 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”

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.

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”.

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).

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".

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

For more information about the application procedures for visiting scholars, please 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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