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Brussels Privacy Hub Members

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 members 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 members, the BPH will bring visiting scholars (such as regulators and academics) to Brussels for short- or long-term visits.

Professor Christopher Kuner

Dr. Christopher Kuner is professor of law and co-director of the Brussels Privacy Hub at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB). He has taught at the University of Cambridge, the European University Institute, and the Hague Academy of International law, and has been a visiting professor at the University of Copenhagen and at Chuo University in Tokyo. He is currently Visiting Professor at Maastricht University and associate in the Centre for European Legal Studies of the University of Cambridge. He is also a member of the European Commission's Multisectoral Stakeholder Group on the GDPR, and has been involved in the work of international organisations such as the Council of Europe, UNCITRAL, and the OECD. The author of numerous articles and books, Dr. Kuner is founder and editor-in-chief of the law journal International Data Privacy Law, and one of the principal editors of the commentary on the GDPR published by Oxford University Press. He is also Senior Privacy Counsel in the Brussels office of the international law firm Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati.

Professor Gloria González Fuster

Professor Gloria González Fuster is the Programme Coordinator of the Summer Academy for Global Privacy Law. González Fuster is a Research Professor at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB)’s Faculty of Law and Criminology. Co-Director of the Law, Science, Technology and Society (LSTS) Research Group, and member of the Brussels Privacy Hub (BPH), she investigates legal issues related to privacy, personal data protection and security.

Professor Dr. Hielke Hijmans

Prof. Dr Hielke Hijmans is Chairman of the Litigation chamber and member of the Board of Directors of the Belgian Data Protection Authority (“Gegevensbeschermingsautoriteit/Autorité de la Protection des Donnnées).  On a part-time basis, he is affiliated to the Brussels Privacy Hub. He is also guest professor at the Institute for European Studies at the VUB. He is member of the Meijers Committee on EU fundamental rights and teaches at various universities.   He is the author of The European Union as Guardian of Internet Privacy: The Story of Art 16 TFEU (Springer 2016), which was based on his doctorate thesis. 

Until April 2019, he delivered services on a structural basis to the Centre for Information Policy Leadership (Washington, London, Brussels), Considerati (Amsterdam). For 12 years, Hielke served at the offices of the European Data Protection Supervisor (EDPS), inter alia as head of unit policy and consultation. Before joining the EDPS in 2004, he held a post as member of cabinet/legal secretary at the Cabinet of Advocate-General Geelhoed at the Court of Justice of the European Union in Luxembourg. Furthermore, Hielke was counselor at the Directorate of Legislation of the Ministry of Justice in The Hague.

Prof. Dr. Gianclaudio Malgieri

Prof. Dr. Gianclaudio Malgieri is an Associate Professor of Law & Technology at the EDHEC Business School in Lille (France), where he conducts research at the Augmented Law Institute and teaches Data Protection Law, Intellectual Property Law, ICT Law and Business Law. He is also Editorial Board Member of Computer Law and Security Review and Attorney at Law. He holds a PhD in Law at the Law, Science, Technology and Society (LSTS) Research Centre of the Vrije Universiteit Brussel, where he is Affiliated Researcher. He got an LLM with honours at the University of Pisa (2016) and a JD with honours at S.Anna School of Advanced Studies of Pisa (2017).


Alessandra Calvi

Alessandra Calvi is the BPH managing director and event coordinator. She is a PhD candidate in the Law, Science, Technology and Society group and in the d.pia.lab at VUB. Her research interest include the interrelationships between law and technology, in particular between data protection and the circular economy.

Professor Paul de Hert

Professor Paul de Hert is BPH Co-Director and currently holds the chair of 'Criminal Law', and 'International and European Criminal Law'. He is the former Co-Director and Senior Member 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).

Professor Vagelis Papakonstantinou

Professor 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.

Professor Paul Quinn

Paul Quinn is active in pursuing a number of his research interests at BPH and LSTS, including in areas such as data protection, privacy issues and problems related to stigmatization and discrimination. With respect to the first of these, he has developed an expertise in privacy and data protection issues in the area of health care delivery. He is in particular interested in the evolving use of patient data in health care delivery and has published a number of articles on these issues. In addition in recent years Paul has been active a number or European research projects which have a strong focus on these themes. In doing so he has contributed to the state of the art in terms of what is permissible with patient health data in innovative healthcare contexts involving the use of mHealth and eHealth technologies. He is also interested on the role of the law in regulating scientific research, an interest that stems from his earlier scientific background.

Laura Drechsler

Laura Drechsler started her PhD with the Brussels Privacy Hub at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel in October 2017. Her research focuses on the fundamental right of data protection in Article 8 Charter of Fundamental Rights of the European Union (CFREU), data subject rights especially the right to data portability and the right of access, the data economy, data as a commodity, platforms and international data transfers. 


Michalina Nadolna Peeters

Michalina Nadolna Peeters started her PhD with the Brussels Privacy Hub at LSTS in August 2020. She is part of the ALTEP DP project and focuses her research on the cross-border data flows and their interrelation with private international law. Michalina holds a Master of Laws from Adam Mickiewicz University (great distinction) and an LL.M. in European Law from the College of Europe (excellent). At present, she is an advocate trainee at the Warsaw Bar Association. Michalina has worked in-house and in law firms specialising in ICT and data protection law both in Poland and Belgium. She has also gained experience in the public sector during her engagements at the US Congress, Polish Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the European Commission’s DG CNECT.

BPH Fellows

Olga Gkotsopoulou

Olga Gkotsopoulou is a PhD candidate at LSTS and provides event assistance for Hub events and activities.

Andrés Chomczyk Penedo

Andrés Chomczyk is a PhD researcher at LSTS and a MSCA fellow in the PROTECT ITN. His PhD research focuses on disclosure and transparency requirements in the platform economy, using open banking as a case study of the platformization of financial services. He also conducts research on issues related to data protection and privacy in the fintech industry, with several articles and book chapters published on the matter.

Lina Jasmontaite


Lina Jasmontaite is a PhD candidate at LSTS. She has contributed to the Handbook on Data Protection in Humanitarian Action, Hub events and authored the GDPR Workshop Summaries.

Mistale Taylor

Mistale Taylor a Senior Research Analyst with the Applied Research and Innovation team at Trilateral Research.  She conducts research into ethics, law, technology and society for European-funded projects.  Her areas of interest include public international law, international human rights law, data protection law and ethics.  Mistale also works for the global pro bono law firm Public International Law & Policy Group (PILPG), which provides free legal assistance to parties involved in peace negotiations, drafting post-conflict constitutions, and war crimes prosecution/transitional justice.  Mistale enjoys teaching IT law and Public International Law in her role as Adjunct Professor at Vesalius College, which is a liberal arts and sciences college affiliated with the Vrije Universiteit Brussel.

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