INTERNATIONAL academic privacy research centre in the HEART of Europe





May 2017 • Vacancy: PhD position on Data Ownership 

BPH is currently advertisiting a vacancy for PhD research on data ownership. The applications should be related to the research topic: The Challenge of Personal Data Ownership: Privacy vs. Property. The deadline for applications is 30 June 2017 at 12.00 CET. Any queries should be addressed to


May 2017 • New Publication: EU Data Protection and Brexit: the UK as third country status 

A new publication by Prof Paul de Hert and Dr Vagelis Papakonstantinou entitled "The rich UK contribution to the field of EU data protection: Let's not go for “third country” status after Brexit" has been published in the Computer Law & Security Review. 

May 2017 Call for papers - AI Ethics: The Privacy Challenge 

The 2017 Brussels Privacy Symposium will focus on AI Ethics: The Privacy Challenge. The call for papers is now available, encouraging researchers to submit interdisciplinary works in law and policy, computer science and engineering, social studies, and economics for publication in a special issue of IEEE Security & Privacy. Authors of selected submissions will be invited to present their work in a workshop, which will be hosted by the BPH on 6 November 2017, in Brussels, Belgium.

April 2017 • New Working Paper: European Human Rights, Criminal Surveillance, and Intelligence Surveillance: Towards "Good Enough" Oversight, Preferably but not necessarily by Judges 

A new BPH Working Paper is now available by Gianclaudio Malgieri and Prof De Hert, European Human Rights, Criminal Surveillance and Intelligence Surveillance: Towards "Good Enough" Oversight, Preferably but not Necessarily by Judges considers the development of caselaw related to surveillance by the European Curt of Human Rights and the European Court of Justice. 

April 2017 • Christopher Kuner publishes lectures on data protection in the Collected Courses of the Hague Academy of International Law

Christopher Kuner, co-director of the Brussels Privacy Hub, has published a course entitled "Data Protection Law and International Dispute Resolution” together with co-author Daniel Cooper in volume 382 of the Recueil des cours (the Collected Courses of the Hague Academy of International Law). This is based on the course that the two gave at the Hague Academy in the summer of 2015. The course is the first one ever published in the Collected Courses dealing specifically with data protection law. Since publication of the first volume in 1923, the Recueil des cours of the Hague Academy have become one of the most important sources of scholarship in private and public international law. 

March 2017 • BPH Summer School: Final programme now available

From 26-30 June 2017, BPH will be hosting the 2nd European Data Protection Law Summer School: The GDPR is Now! The final programme is now available, with a marked multi-stakeholder character, and amply opportunities for networking with the principal EU data protection institutions and actors in Brussels. Teaching staff will consist of leading academics in EU data protection law, public and private legal practitioners and representatives of key EU institutions such as the European Data Protection Supervisor (EDPS). 

March 2017   BPH partners with IAPP to provide DPO Training 

BPH has partnered with IAPP to provide four day DPO Training focusing on Privacy Program Management and European Data Protection.  The four day training will be offered on multiple occassions throughout 2017. 

For previous BPH news, please see the News Archive.


Upcoming Events


30 May 2017  Lunchtime lecture: The Potential for Impact Assessments in eHealth and mHealth Projects, Brussels, Belgium, More information

6-9 June 2017  Four Day DPO Training, Brussels, Belgium, More information

15 June 2017 • Understanding the risk-based approach to data proteciton (PhD Defence: Raphael Gellert), Brussels, Belgium, More information

26-30 June 2017  2nd European Data Protection Law Summer School: The GDPR is now, Brussels Belgium, More information

28 June 2017 • Trans-Atlantic Data Privacy Relations as a Challenge for Democracy: Book Launch & Evening Debate, Brussels Belgium, More information

9-12 October 2017  Four Day DPO Training, Brussels, Belgium, More information

6 November 2017 • Brussels Privacy Symposium - AI Ethics: The Privacy Challenge, Brussels Belgium, More information

4-8 December 2017  Four Day DPO Training, Brussels, Belgium, More information



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Dr. Christopher Kuner

Brussels Privacy Hub

Law Science Technology & Society (LSTS) 

Building B, room 4B315 

Vrije Universiteit Brussel 

Pleinlaan 2 

B-1050 Brussels