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About

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 halted for now since Brussels Privacy Hub will reform the application procedure for the visiting scholars. We aim to continue the programme later in 2022. Please keep an eye out for the next update.

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 info@brusselsprivacyhub.org 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 info@brusselsprivacyhub.org.

Dr. Sebastian Theß

(June – August 2022)

Sebastian Theß is a Ph.D. candidate as well as a teaching and research assistant at the Humboldt University of Berlin. He holds a law degree from the University of Berlin as well as an LL.M. from Harvard Law School.

His Ph.D. research explores data protection authorities’ role in enforcing the GDPR (both in its extraterritorial application and with respect to data transfer rules).

His research areas and interests are data protection law, regulation of platforms and intermediaries, and constitutional as well as administrative law.

During his stay at the BPH, Sebastian Theß will present at a Doctoral Seminar: “Safe Harbor and Privacy Shield Enforcement in practice“.

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.

Jonas Botta

(June – July 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.”

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 Schooll  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. 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.