Advisory Board

Our Advisory Board brings together European academics with a vision for the future of law and technology as a field of research.

 Roger Brownsword

Roger Brownsword is a graduate of the London School of Economics (1968). From 1968 until 2010, he held full-time academic positions, first, at the University of Sheffield and then at King’s College London. Currently, he holds part-time professorial positions at King’s College London and Bournemouth University, and he is Honorary Professor in Law at Sheffield University.He has published 20 books and some 250 papers. His books in the broad area of law and technology include Human Dignity in Bioethics and Biolaw (Oxford University Press, 2001) (with Deryck Beyleveld), Rights, Regulation and the Technological Revolution (Oxford University Press, 2008), Regulating Technologies (Hart, 2008) (co-edited with Karen Yeung), Law and the Technologies of the Twenty-First Century (Cambridge University Press, 2012) (co-authored with Morag Goodwin), and the Oxford Handbook of Law, Regulation and Technology (Oxford University Press, 2017) (co-edited with Eloise Scotford and Karen Yeung). He is the founding general editor (with Han Somsen) of Law, Innovation and Technology; and he is a member of the editorial board of the Modern Law Review, the International Journal of Law and Information Technology, Ethical Perspectives (The Netherlands), and the Journal of Law and the Biosciences (USA). Outside the university, he was a member of the Nuffield Council on Bioethics from 2004–2010; and he was Chair of the Ethics and Governance Council for UK Biobank from 2011–2015. He has served as a specialist adviser to parliamentary committees (on stem cells and on hybrid embryos); and, he served on the Royal Society Brain Waves’ Working Party on neuroscience and the law and, most recently, the Royal Society’s Working Party on machine learning.

 Gijs van Dijck

Gijs van Dijck is a full professor of Private Law at Maastricht University. Van Dijck is legal scholar who specializes in tort law, insolvency law, and research methodology, including empirical legal research. His areas of interest include the role of non-monetary relief in tort law, apologies and law, the effects tort law has on behavior, class actions, funding mechanisms in bankruptcies, and legal analytics (big data in law). He has taught courses on tort law, contract law, property law, insolvency law, legal methodology, and empirical legal research. Van Dijck has been a speaker at various conferences, including ones at Harvard and Yale. He was a visiting scholar at Stanford University in 2011. Before joining Maastricht University, he was affiliated with Tilburg Law School, where he was the Director of Studies of the Research Master in Law Program.

 Simone van der Hof

In 1995, she graduated in Dutch Law (specialization Criminal law and private law practice, specializing in intellectual property law) from the University of Utrecht. Then from 1995-1996 she worked as a researcher at the Molengraaff Institute for Private Law, ICT and Law section, University of Utrecht. Subsequently, from 1996-2011 she worked at the Tilburg Institute for Law, Technology, and Society (TILT), University of Tilburg. Simone received her doctorate there in 2002 with a thesis entitled “International agreements online – private international law aspects of online business-to-business and business-to-consumer contracts in Europe and the United States.” As of October 2011, Simone was appointed professor at the department of eLaw — Center for Law and Digital Technologies. She is head of eLaw and program director of the Advanced Master Law and Digital Technologies. She is also a key lecturer at the executive master Cybersecurity Academy and course coordinator and lecturer in Youth Law Master and the Advanced Master International Children’s rights. In 2012 Simone was a visiting professor at the School of Information Management at Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand. Simone is a member of the Complaints Committee of the NICAM (Kijkwijzer; age classification of audiovisual media) and serves on the Advisory Board of the SIDN fund. She is also editor-in-chief of the Law & IT Series of Asser Press / Springer Press and of counsel at Corvers Procurement Services.

 Jeanne Pia Mifsud Bonnici

Jeanne Pia Mifsud Bonnici is a Full Professor in European Technology Law and Human Rights at the Department of European and Economic Law at the Faculty of Law of the University of Groningen.  She currently co-leads the Security Technology and e-Privacy (STeP) Research Group, which she has also co-founded. Having read for degrees both in law and cognitive science, her research follows an interdisciplinary approach. Her current areas of research follow four primary themes: Privacy, Data Protection and Security: conflicting and converging values (covering also issues of cybersecurity); Data protection and health related data; Internet governance and Responsible Research and Innovation in security research. Within these themes she supervises the research of a number of PhD candidates and teaches on different aspects of these themes. Over the past years, she has been actively involved in EU-funded projects and she currently leads the CITYCoP project on community policing (www.citycop.eu) and ESSENTIAL – a Joint Phd Programme bringing together scholars researching on security science (www.essentialresearch.eu). More information and publications at http://www.rug.nl/staff/g.p.mifsud.bonnici/

 Jan Smits

Jan M. Smits is Professor of European Private Law at Maastricht University, academic director of the Maastricht European Private Law Institute (MEPLI) and head of the Department of Private Law. In his teaching and research Jan Smits focuses on private law in a European and global context. He studies how the legal aspect of relations among private actors (individuals, consumers, firms, NGO’s) is and should be affected by internationalisation of markets and changing conceptions of justice. His academic work is thus situated at the intersection of the positive law and legal theory, which he sees as mutually beneficial for both fields. He typically makes use of a variety of research methods including doctrinal, comparative and empirical approaches. In addition, he has an interest in methodology of legal scholarship. He is also committed to bridge the gap between academic research and policy and regularly provides advice to government agencies and acts as an independent voice in the public debate through blogs and columns. Jan Smits held visiting positions at a number of foreign institutions, including Tulane Law School, Leuven University, the University of Liège, Louisiana State University, the Penn State Dickinson School of Law and the University of Helsinki. From 2010-2012, he held the HiiL Visiting Chair on the Internationalisation of Law and in 2013-2014 the TPR Visiting Chair at the University of Ghent. Jan Smits is an elected member of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW) and a titular member of the International Academy of Comparative Law (AIDC).

 Karen Yeung

After completing a combined Law/Commerce degree at the University of Melbourne, Karen Yeung came to the United Kingdom in 1993 as a Rhodes Scholar to read for the Bachelor of Civil Law at Oxford University where she also completed her D Phil. Following this, she spent ten years as a University Lecturer at Oxford University and as a Fellow of St Anne’s College, Oxford. Professor Yeung joined the Dickson Poon School of Law as a Chair in Law in September 2006. She joined the School to help establish the Centre for Technology, Law & Society (‘TELOS’), of which she is now Director. In that role, she is keen to foster collaboration between academics across various disciplines concerned with examining the social, political and ethical implications of technological development, and in seeking to promote informed, reflective technology policy making and implementation. Professor Yeung has established an international reputation in two fields: as an academic pioneer in helping to establish the intellectual coherence and value of regulation studies (or ‘regulatory governance’ studies) as a field of scholarly inquiry (with a recent interest in regulation within healthcare contexts) and as a leading scholar concerned with critically examining the governance of, and governance through, new and emerging technologies. She has acted as advisor to various government bodies and policy-makers, including the Department of Health, The Health Service Research Network, the National Audit Office, Department of Community and Local Government, The Bar Standards Board, and the Australian competition regulator (the Australian Competition & Consumer Commission) and has contributed to several governmental reform projects in the area of regulatory enforcement. She is admitted to practice as a Barrister and Solicitor of the Supreme Court of Victoria (Australia), having completed a brief stint in professional legal practice.

 Esther van Zimmeren

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Esther van Zimmeren is a Research Professor at the University of Antwerp (UAntwerp). Her research covers intellectual property (IP) law, in particular patent and trademark law, competition law, international trade law and governance issues. She is currently teaching “European Private Law” and “European Economic Law” at the UAntwerp. Before joining the UAntwerp in 2013, she was an Assistant Professor at the University of Liège (Belgium) (LL.M. European Competition and IP law) and post-doctoral research fellow of the Research Foundation-Flanders (FWO) at the Centre for Intellectual Property Rights of the KU Leuven.  She is regularly invited to give guest lectures on patent law, copyright law, IP and (open) innovation and the interface between IP and competition law and (European) contract law.Esther has been a visiting professor at Hanken Business School and Aalto University in Helsinki (2012) and a visiting scholar at Gakushuin University (2013), Duke University (2013), the Brocher Foundation (Geneva) (2011), the University of California, Berkeley (2008) and the Institute of Intellectual Property (IIP) in Tokyo (2008).