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Serge Gutwirth

Professor
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Biography

Serge Gutwirth is Professor at the Faculty of Law and Criminology of the VUB, where he studied law, criminology and also obtained a post-graduate degree in technology and science studies. He defended his PhD in law on the relationships between law and sciences on December 15, 1992. 

After consecutively being a predoctoral researcher, an assistant and a postdoctoral-assistant Gutwirth was appointed as a full-time lecturer at VUB in 1994. He taught Legal methodology (NL), International Protection of Human Rights (NL), Legal Theory (NL), Introduction to the major legal systems (NL) and still teaches International and European Protection of Human Rights (EN) and Introduction à la recherche scientifique en droit (FR). From 1994 until the end of 2009 he also held a part-time position of lecturer at the Faculty of law of the Erasmus University Rotterdam where he first was in charge of the coordination of research and taught ‘Philosophy of law’ afterwards. He has amongst others been a Visiting Professor at the University of Ghana (Legon, Accra), the European Academy of Legal Theory (Brussels) and the University of Georgia (Athens, USA).

Since the beginning of his academic career Gutwirth has been mainly involved in research. He carried out projects, both as a researcher and a promoter, in the field of computer law, environmental law and urbanisation, the relationships between law and psychiatry etc. Today the focus has shifted and broadened to analytical, theoretical and prospective legal research in the field of the relationships between science, technology and society, with a particular focus upon contemporary privacy and data protection related issues on the one hand, and upon ascertaining the respective singular regimes of the legal, the scientific and the technical practices. Gutwirth also led a number of research projects linked to the subject matter of the courses on human rights, legal theory and comparative law. Today he is mainly focussing on the difficult articulations between law, politics, technology and ethics with regards to concrete emerging issues (e.g. data protection, S&M, gene editing, …). Since 2017 he started doing research on the resurgence of the commons. 

In 1999 Gutwirth has founded the VUB-Research group on human rights (HUMR), which he chaired until 2003, after which his colleague Paul De Hert took over. After obtaining the fellowship in October 2003 he founded the VUB-Research group Law Science Technology & Society (LSTS) which still (co-)chairs. Today, with more than 30 researchers at all levels of experience, LSTS has become a prominent European research institute. Next to thisGutwirth has been Vice-Dean of the Faculty (2012-2018), Vice Chair of the VUB’s Research Council from 2002 to 2013, (co-) Director of LSTS (2003-…) and Chair of the Department of Interdisciplinary Studies of the law (JURI) from October 2018 on.

Location

4B317
Vrije Universiteit Brussel
Pleinlaan 2
1050 Brussels

Publications

Data Protection and Privacy: The Internet of Bodies

13/12/2018
Data Protection and Privacy: The Internet of Bodies Leenes, R. (ed.), Van Brakel, R. E. (ed.) , Gutwirth, S. (ed.) & De Hert, P. (ed.) , 13 Dec 2018 , Hart Publishing . 344 p. (Computers, Privacy and Data Protection)

Research output : Book/Report › Book › Research

The...

Promoting Integrity as an Integral Dimension of Excellence in Research (PRINTEGER) Deliverable III.10: Fair procedures

01/05/2018
Promoting Integrity as an Integral Dimension of Excellence in Research (PRINTEGER) Deliverable III.10: Fair procedures Gonzalez Fuster, G. & Gutwirth, S. , May 2018 , 48 p.

Research output : Book/Report › Commissioned report › Research

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Quel(s) droit(s) pour quel(s) commun(s) ?

01/01/2018
Quel(s) droit(s) pour quel(s) commun(s) ? Gutwirth, S. , 2018 , In : Revue Interdisciplinaire d'Etudes Juridiques. 2018.81 , p. 83-107

Research output : Contribution to journal › Article › Research › peer-review

In the face both of the frightening consequences of three...

Η επανάκαμψη των commons θέτει το δίκαιο σε δοκιμασία

01/01/2018
Η επανάκαμψη των commons θέτει το δίκαιο σε δοκιμασία Gutwirth, S. & Stengers, I., 2018 , In : Archeiothrafstis. 8 , p. 7 61 p.

Research output : Contribution to journal › Article › Research › peer-review

When the commons put the law on test
Published French and...

Modestly radical or radically modest ?

01/01/2018
Modestly radical or radically modest ? Gutwirth, S. , Van Kerkhove, B. (ed.) , Francois, K. (ed.) , Ducheyne, S. (ed.) & Allo, P. (ed.) , 2018 , Laat ons niet ernstig blijven – Huldeboek voor Jean Paul Van Bendegem. Academia Press , p. 119-123

Research output :...

Hoezo ‘Het denken mag zich nooit onderwerpen’?

01/01/2018
Hoezo ‘Het denken mag zich nooit onderwerpen’? Gutwirth, S. , Van Kerkhove, B. (ed.) , Francois, K. (ed.) , Ducheyne, S. (ed.) & Allo, P. (ed.) , 2018 , Laat ons niet ernstig blijven – Huldeboek voor Jean Paul Van Bendegem. Gent: Academia Press , p. 31-46

Research...

Deliverable III.4 Codes and legislation

01/01/2018
Deliverable III.4 Codes and legislation Gonzalez Fuster, G. & Gutwirth, S. , 2018 , 46 p.

Research output : Book/Report › Commissioned report › Research

Not available Original language English Commissioning body European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation...

L'éternel retour de la propriété des données : de l'insistance d'un mot d'ordre

01/01/2018
L'éternel retour de la propriété des données : de l'insistance d'un mot d'ordre Gutwirth, S. & Gonzalez Fuster, G. , 2018 , Law, norms and freedoms in cyberspace. Droit, normes et libertés dans le cybermonde. Liber amicorum Yves Poullet. Dussolier, S., Degrave, E., de Terwangne, C...

Canvas White Paper 2 – Cybersecurity and Law

04/10/2017
Canvas White Paper 2 – Cybersecurity and Law Jasmontaite, L. , Gonzalez Fuster, G. , Gutwirth, S. , Wenger, F., Jaquet-Chiffelle, D-O. & Schlehahn, E., 4 Oct 2017 , The CANVAS project – Constructing an Alliance for Value-driven Cybersecurity , p. 1-82 .

Research output :...

Final Report on the Incidence of Misconduct in Science

01/01/2017
Final Report on the Incidence of Misconduct in Science Van Buggenhout, M. C. , Christiaens, J. & Gutwirth, S. , 2017 , 69 p.

Research output : Book/Report › Commissioned report › Research

Not available Original language English Commissioning body European Union Horizon...