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.
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. 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.
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".
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”
(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”.
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.
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.
For more information about the application procedures for visiting scholars, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
SATISFIED VISITING SCHOLAR
“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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