Faculty – PLP Summer Course

Axel Arnbak,
Senior associate at De Brauw Blackstone Westbroek and associated researcher at the Institute for Information Law, University of Amsterdam, NL.
Axel Arnbak is an attorney at De Brauw Blackstone Westbroek, affiliate researcher at the Institute for Information Law (University of Amsterdam) and columnist at the Dutch Financial Times. He works on information security, privacy and communications freedoms —  or, as some have it, ‘cyber’ issues. Axel obtained his doctorate in 2015 with his book ‘Securing Private Communications’, was a 2014/15 Research Affiliate and a 2013/14 resident Research Fellow at Harvard University’s Berkman Center and CITP, Princeton University.  He is a board member of the American-European Community Association (AECA) and Stichting Admiraal van Kinsbergenfonds. From 2009 until 2011, Axel was a core member of the team that re-started Dutch digital rights organization Bits of Freedom and revitalized European Digital Rights.

Rosa Barcelo
Partner of the law firm Squire Patton Boggs and deputy co-chair of the Data Privacy & Cybersecurity (DPC) Practice Group in the Brussels office.
Rosa Barcelo is specialized in European data protection and privacy with particular focus on cutting-edge ICT issues.  She advises clients on compliance with the GDPR and the e-Privacy Directive, including programmatic advertising and online tracking technologies, online marketing, privacy in communications, artificial intelligence and personal data transfers. Rosa has nearly 20 years of experience in European data protection and privacy, drawn from working in private practice, as well as in public service with the European Data Protection Supervisor (EDPS) and the European Commission. Prior to joining the firm, Rosa was Deputy Head of Unit of the Cybersecurity and Digital Privacy Unit of DG CONNECT in the European Commission, where she led legislative deliberations over the proposed e-Privacy Regulation.  During her tenure with the European Commission, Rosa worked in the Data Protection Unit, where she was responsible for international data transfers.  Rosa’s work with the office of the EDPS focused on a wide range of ICT-related issues. In these roles, Rosa worked closely with national supervisory authorities participating in the former Article 29 Working Party (now the European Data Protection Board). Rosa has also worked in academia and as a private lawyer in the Brussels offices of various international law firms, where she advised on EU privacy and data protection issues, as well electronic commerce and technology laws.

Nico van Eijk,
Professor of Media and Telecommunications Law and Director of the Institute for Information Law, University of Amsterdam, NL.
Nico van Eijk is Professor of Media and Telecommunications Law and Director of the Institute for Information Law (IViR, Faculty of Law, University of Amsterdam). He studied Law at the University of Tilburg and received his doctorate on government interference with broadcasting in 1992 from the University of Amsterdam.

Ot van Daalen
Researcher at the Institute for Information Law, University of Amsterdam, NL.
Ot van Daalen is a researcher and lecturer in the field of privacy and security. He is also an attorney at his own law firm. He worked at the Dutch Data Protection Authority before. In 2009, he founded the Dutch digital rights movement Bits of Freedom. There he was closely involved in the creation of legislation in the field of privacy and internet freedom. He is also a board member of the European digital rights organisation EDRi. Before launching Bits of Freedom, Ot worked for years at law firm De Brauw Blackstone Westbroek. Ot studied at the University of Amsterdam and Columbia University in New York. He is an experienced speaker and is regularly asked as an expert in the media. At IViR, Ot is involved in different research projects in the field of privacy and security.

Dennis Hirsch,
Professor of Law, Ohio State Moritz College of Law and Capital University Law School, US.
Dennis D. Hirsch is a Professor of Law at the Ohio State Moritz College of Law where he directs the Program on Data and Governance, and at Capital University Law School. He teaches courses on information privacy law, big data and the law, and environmental law.  In 2010, he received a Fulbright Senior Professorship and spent a semester at the University of Amsterdam teaching Comparative US-EU Privacy Law and conducting research on Dutch data protection regulation.  He formerly served as Chair of the American Association of Law Schools Section on Privacy and Defamation Law.

Joris van Hoboken,
Professor of Law, Fundamental Rights and the Digital Transformation, LSTS, Vrije Universiteit Brussel; Senior Researcher, Institute for Information law, University of Amsterdam.
Joris van Hoboken is Professor of Law at the Vrije Universiteit Brussels (VUB) in the Interdisciplinary Research Group on Law Science Technology & Society (LSTS) and a Senior Researcher at the Institute for Information Law (IViR), University of Amsterdam. He works on the intersection of fundamental rights protection (data privacy, freedom of expression, non-discrimination) and the governance of platforms and internet-based services. He am a specialist in European data protection, algorithmic governance and the regulation of internet intermediaries.

Kristina Irion,
Senior researcher at the Institute for Information Law, University of Amsterdam, NL.
Kristina Irion is a Marie Curie fellow at the Institute for Information Law (IViR) at the University of Amsterdam and faculty (on research leave) at Central European University in Budapest, Hungary. Her research project on governing digital information explores how cloud computing transforms the (legal) relationship between individuals and their information. She has written about public policy in the field of audiovisual media, electronic communications and data protection.

Sjoera Nas,
Senior privacy consultant, Privacy Company, NL.
Sjoera Nas is a senior privacy consultant. She has worked for the Dutch data protection authority for almost 12 years, as internet and telecom expert. She was responsible for many national and international investigations, involving for example Google, Facebook and Microsoft. She has been rapporteur or co-rapporteur of many opinions of the Article 29 Working Party related to internet and technology. In May 2018, she switched to the Dutch privacy consultancy Privacy Company. She acts as an external DPO for a number of private and public sector organisations, and has been commissioned to conduct several Data Protection Impact Assessments. Her extensive DPIA report for the Dutch government on the data processing by Microsoft Office is publicly available.

Beate Roessler
Professor of Philosophy, University of Amsterdam, and chair of the Capacity group of Philosophy and Public Affairs.
Beate Roessler is Professor of Philosophy at the University of Amsterdam. She formerly taught philosophy at Leiden University, the Free University, Berlin, Germany, and at the University of Bremen, Germany. She had fellowships and visiting professorships at the Institute for Advanced Study (Wissenschaftskolleg) in Berlin, at the Center for Agency, Value, and Ethics at Macquarie University, Sydney, at the University of Melbourne, Law School and at the New York University. She is a co-editor of the European Journal of Philosophy and a member of various advisory boards, among them the International Scientific Board of the Institute for Social Research, Frankfurt, Germany. Her publications include Autonomie: ein Versuch über das gelungene Leben, 2017, Suhrkamp (Dutch translation 2018, with Boom, English translation 2020, with Polity); Social Dimensions of Privacy. Interdisciplinary Perspectives (ed. with D. Mokrosinska), Cambridge UP 2015; The Value of Privacy, Polity Press 2005; Privacies. Philosophical Evaluations, (ed.), Stanford University Press, 2004.

Johnny Ryan
Dr Johnny Ryan, Fellow of the Royal Historical Society, Chief Policy & Industry Relations Officer at Brave.
Before joining Brave, Dr. Ryan was responsible for PageFair’s research and analysis, as well as industry relations. Previous roles include being Chief Innovation Officer of The Irish Times, Senior Researcher at the Institute of International & European Affairs (IIEA). He is a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society, and a member of the World Economic Forum’s expert network on media, entertainment and information. Dr Ryan is the author of two books (read about “A History of the Internet and the Digital Future” here). His first book was based on his work at the IIEA, and was the most cited source in the European Commission’s impact assessment that decided against pursuing Web censorship across the European Union. His expert commentary has appeared in The New York Times, The Economist, The Financial Times, Bloomberg, Wired, Le Monde, NPR, TechCrunch, Advertising Age, FortuneBusiness Week, the BBC, Sky News, and many others. As an O’Reilly Foundation PhD scholar at the University of Cambridge he studied the spread of militant memes on the Web. He started his career as a designer, and returned to design thinking later as Executive Director of The Innovation Academy at University College Dublin. He was an associate on the emerging digital environment at the Judge Business School of the University of Cambridge.

David C. Vladeck
Professor at Center on Privacy & Technology, Georgetown Law Center, US
Professor Vladeck teaches federal courts, civil procedure, runs a civil litigation clinic, and teaches a practicum, along with MIT, that puts law students together with graduate computer science students to work together on technology policy.  He also serves as faculty director for the law school’s Center on Privacy and Technology.  Professor Vladeck recently returned to the Law Center after serving for nearly four years as the Director of the Federal Trade Commission’s Bureau of Consumer Protection.  At the FTC, he supervised the Bureau’s more than 430 lawyers, investigators, paralegals and support staff in carrying out the Bureau’s work to protect consumers from unfair, deceptive or fraudulent practices.  Before joining the Law Center faculty full-time in 2002, Professor Vladeck spent over 25 years with Public Citizen Litigation Group, a nationally-prominent public interest law firm, handling and supervising complex litigation. He has briefed and argued a number of cases before the U.S. Supreme Court and more than sixty cases before federal courts of appeal and state courts of law resort.  He is a member of the National Academy of Sciences Committee on Science, Law and Technology and its Forum on Cyber Resilience.  He is also a Senior Fellow of the Administrative Conference of the United States,  an elected member of the American Law Institute, and a Trustee of the Natural Resources Defense Council.  Professor Vladeck frequently testifies before Congress and writes on administrative law, privacy and technology, preemption, First Amendment, and access to justice issues.

Nicole Wolters Ruckert
Associate partner, attorney at law at Kennedy Van der Laan
Nicole advises clients on a wide range of privacy issues, such as cookie and anti-spam laws and the commercial use of personal data. This includes advice on direct marketing, profiling, on-line advertising and big data (analytics). She also helps various Dutch, internationally operating and multinational companies with conducting audits and provides assistance with the international transfer of personal data. Furthermore, she supports clients which are under investigations of the ACM (Dutch Authority for Consumers and Markets) and the AP (Dutch Personal Data Authority) and guides them through the subsequent legal proceedings. Her broad clientele includes leading organisations from the IT, media, online advertising, and telecommunications industry. Nicole regularly writes about the developments in the privacy field on MarketingFacts.nl.

Frederik Zuiderveen Borgesius
Professor of Law at the Institute for Computing and Information Sciences (Radboud University Nijmegen) and researcher at the Institute for Information Law, University of Amsterdam, NL
Frederik Zuiderveen Borgesius is professor of Law at the Institute for Computing and Information Sciences (Radboud University Nijmegen), and a researcher at the Institute for Information Law (University of Amsterdam). His research interests include privacy, data protection, discrimination, and freedom of expression, especially in the context of new technologies. He has presented at many international conferences, and at the Dutch and the European parliaments. He is a member of the Meijers Committee, an independent group of experts in the field of European law. He is also a member of the board of editors of the European Data Protection Law Review, and of the Dutch journals Computerrecht (Computer Law) and the Nederlands Tijdschrift voor Mensenrechten (journal of the Dutch Section of the International Commission of Jurists). He regularly comments in the media. Early 2019, a report that he wrote for the Council of Europe will be published: ‘Discrimination, Artificial Intelligence, and Algorithmic Decision-Making’.