Brussels Privacy Hub 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

Brussels Privacy Hub Visiting Scholars 

  • Dr Vinícius Borges Fortes (2016)

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.

  • Prof. Meg Leta Jones (2017)

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).

  • Dr Hiroshi Miyashita (April - May 2016)

 Dr 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 the Japanese delegation.  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, Professor Miyashita worked on a comparative analysis of right to be forgotten and genetic data.


  • 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.  


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