The mission of this chair is to support and carry out academic research and education at the interdisciplinary Research Group on Law Science Technology & Society (LSTS, created in 2003) at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB) within the Faculty Law & Criminology on the topic of International and European Data Privacy and Security.


The aim of the chair is to strengthen the links and support the collaboration between researchers in the field of law & technology law and to create a platform located in Brussels for research involving institutional and private stakeholders.

The chair provides a forum for exchange of academic know-how, for mutual access to academic and scientific resources and for top-level training and education of students and young professionals in the domain of International and European Data Privacy and Security Law.

These aims will be achieved by

1. the creation of a Brussels Privacy Hub (BPH) with the aim of becoming the first European academic privacy research platform of global stature. The platform, intimately connected to LSTS, will take advantage of being located in the capital of Europe to engage EU and other international policymakers, data protection regulators, the private sector, and NGOs, and to produce innovative, cutting-edge research on important questions of data protection and privacy law and policy.

2. the organisation of courses in collaboration with the staff of LSTS;

3. the organisation of seminars and workshops within LSTS and the HUB;

4. publications and working papers.

Holder of the Chair: Christopher Kuner

Christopher Kuner is an internationally-recognized expert in data protection and privacy law with 20 years’ experience working in academia and the private sector, and with international governmental institutions..

Mr. Kuner obtained his law degrees at the University of Notre Dame (J.D. in 1984) and New York University School of Law, LL.M. in International Legal Studies (1991). He has also studied at the Law Faculty of Cologne University, Germany (1984-1985). He is a member of the bars of the Brussels B-List and of the New York Bar.

He is leading academic in the area of international privacy law, and authors of classic books on the topic, such as Transborder Data Flows and Data Privacy Law (Oxford University Press 2013), European Data Protection Law: Corporate Compliance and Regulation (2nd edition, Oxford University Press 2007); Chinese version published in 2008 by Law Press China; European Data Privacy Law and Online Business (Oxford University Press 2003); Internet Marketplaces: The Law of Auctions and Exchanges Online (w. Prof. Christina Ramberg, Oxford University Press 2002) and Internet f├╝r Juristen (Verlag C.H. Beck 1996, 2nd edition 1999).

He is doctor in law (University of Tilburg 2012) and also Senior Privacy Counsel with the Brussels office of Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati. For 10 years he was Chairman of the International Chamber of Commerce's Task Force on Privacy and Personal Data Protection.

Kuner has participated for years in the work of international organizations such as the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), the United National Commission for International Trade Law (UNCITRAL), and the Council of Europe. He also works closely with international humanitarian organizations such as the International Committee of the Red Cross and the UN High Commissioner for Refugees. He is founder and editor-in-chief of the journal International Data Privacy Law.

Based on his expertise and excellent CV Christopher Kuner will be holder of the chair.