Who we are

The BPH bas been established under the auspices of the Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB, Free University of Brussels), 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 staff 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 staff, the BPH will bring visiting scholars (such as regulators and academics) to Brussels for short- or long-term visits.



BPH Fellows 


Lina Jasmontaite is a PhD researcher at LSTS. Currently, she works on the Horizon 2020 project titled "Constructing an Alliance for Value-driven Cybersecurity" (CANVAS). She contributes to various BPH research activities and provides assistance at events, such as GDPR workshops. 







Ioulia Konstantinou is a PhD researcher at LSTS. She provided assistance to the BPH in the Data Protection in Humanitarian Action project ran in collaboration with the ICRC in 2016. She was also rapportuer of the GDPR Workshop Series.



Mistale Taylor is a PhD candidate at Utrecht University, The Netherlands. During her stay at LSTS, VUB, Mistale contributed to developing the BPH Communications Strategy and is the BPH Newsletter Editor. 



BPH Visting Scholars


Prof. Meg Leta Jones is an Assistant Professor in Georgetown University's Communication, Culture & Technology program and Science, Technology, and International Affairs program and will be visiting the Brussels Privacy Hub in 2017.




 Francesca Di Matteo is a PhD student at the University of Teramo, Italy. She is also working for a law firm, “Sotgiu & Associati”, in Teramo. During her stay at VUB, Francesca presented her research to colleagues entitled: The right to privacy in the age of electronic surveillance: reconsidering the extraterritorial application of human rights treaties."




 Professor Haksoo Ko is Professor of Law at Seoul National University School of Law, Seoul, Korea and visited the BPH in July 2016. During his stay, Prof. Ko contributed to the Hub's activities by hosting a seminar on EU-Korea Data Protection Law (the recording is available) and a Working Paper entitled: Structure and enforcement of data privacy law in South Korea


Dr. Hiroshi Miyashita is Associate Professor of Law at Chuo University, Tokyo, Japan and visited the BPH from April- May 2016. During his stay in Brussels  Privacy Hub, Professor Miyashita worked on a comparative analysis of right to be forgotten and genetic data. Prof. Miyashita contributed to the Hub's activities by hosting a seminar on EU-Japan Data Protection Law and a Working Paper entitled: The Right to be Forgotten and Search Engine Liability. 






Professor Christopher Kuner is BPH Founder and Co-Director and Professor of law, he is also an affiliated lecturer in the Faculty of Law of the University of Cambridge, associate professor in the Law Faculty of the University of Copenhagen, and a Visiting Professor in the Department of Law of the London School of Economics and Political Science.


Professor Paul de Hert is BPH Co-Director and currently holds the chair of 'Criminal Law', and 'International and European Criminal Law'. He is Co-Director 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 Gloria Gonzàlez-Fuster is Summer School Programme Coordinator. She is a Professor working in many different projects conducted by LSTS. Her research investigates legal issues related to fundamental rights, privacy, personal data protection and security, and lectures on fundamental rights protection in European Union (EU) law. She is also an Advisory Board Member and provides assistance to other BPH activities including the EDPS Reading Group. 


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.


Amy Weatherburn is BPH Managing Director. She is a PhD candidate in the Fundamental Rights and Constitutionalism Research Group at VUB, her research focuses upon fundamental rights and in particular, the handling of labour exploitation in law and seeks to consider how to address any gaps in the current framework.