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Paul De Hert

Professor
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Biography

Prof. Paul De Hert's work addresses problems in the area of privacy & technology, human rights and criminal law. A human rights approach combined with a concern for theory is the common denominator of all his work.

In his formative years, De Hert studied law, philosophy and religious sciences (1985-1992). After a productive decade of research in areas such as policing, video surveillance, international cooperation in criminal affairs and international exchange of police information, he broadened up his scope of interests and published a book on the European Convention on Human Rights (1998) and defended a doctorate in law in which he compared the constitutional strength of eighteenth and twentieth century constitutionalism in the light of contemporary social control practices ('Early Constitutionalism and Social Control. Liberal Democracy Hesitating between Rights Thinking and Liberty Thinking' (2000, Promoter: Prof. dr. Bart De Schutter (VUB)).

De Hert has (had) a broad teaching portfolio: Past: 'Human Rights', 'Legal theory', ‘Historical constitutionalism' and 'Constitutional criminal law'. Currently, at Brussels, 'Criminal Law', and 'International and European Criminal Law’ and at Tilburg University, ‘Privacy and Data Protection'. 

He is Director of the Research group on human rights (FRC) and Vice-Dean of the Faculty and former Director of the Research group Law Science Technology & Society (LSTS), and of the Department of Interdisciplinary Studies of Law.

He is board member of several Belgian, Dutch and (other) international scientific journals such as The Computer Law & Security Review (Elsevier), The Inter-American and European Human Rights Journal (Intersentia) and Criminal Law & Philosophy (Springer). He is co-editor in chief of the Supranational Criminal Law Series (Intersentia) and the New Journal of European Criminal law (Sage).

Since 2008 he has edited with Serge Gutwirth, Ronald Leenes and others annual books on data protection law (before Springer, now Hart) that, -judging sales numbers, quotations and downloads, attack a massive readership and have contributed to creating the legal, academic discipline of data protection law. De Hert is now series editor of The Computers, Privacy and Data Protection series, now published by Hart.

 

Location

4B317
Vrije Universiteit Brussel
Pleinlaan 2
1050 Brussels

Publications

DESIRE Deliverable 6.3 Summary of Conference

31/01/2019
DESIRE Deliverable 6.3 Summary of Conference Weatherburn, A. , Rigotti, C. & De Hert, P. (ed.) , 31 Jan 2019 , 11 p.

Research output : Book/Report › Commissioned report › Research

Original language English Commissioning body European Commission Number of pages 11...

DESIRE Deliverable 5.2 DESIrE Final Report and Recommendations

31/01/2019
DESIRE Deliverable 5.2 DESIrE Final Report and Recommendations Weatherburn, A. (ed.) , Lasocik, Z., Wieczorek, L., Rejmer-Jobczyk, K. & De Hert, P. (ed.) , 31 Jan 2019 , 65 p.

Research output : Book/Report › Commissioned report › Research

Original language English...

DESIRE Deliverable 5.1 Handbook on demand in the context of human trafficking for sexual exploitation

31/01/2019
DESIRE Deliverable 5.1 Handbook on demand in the context of human trafficking for sexual exploitation Top, S. , Weatherburn, A. (ed.) & De Hert, P. (ed.) , 31 Jan 2019 , 51 p.

Research output : Book/Report › Commissioned report › Research

Original language English...

Access to the Internet in the EU: a Policy Priority, a Fundamental, a Human Right, or a Concern of eGovernment?

25/01/2019
Access to the Internet in the EU: a Policy Priority, a Fundamental, a Human Right, or a Concern of eGovernment? Jasmontaite, L. & De Hert, P. , 25 Jan 2019 , Research Handbook on Human Rights and Digital Technology: Global Politics, Law and International Relations. Wagner, B., C...

Online lecture on alternatives to legislation to curb human trafficking (Project DESIrE)

01/01/2019
Online lecture on alternatives to legislation to curb human trafficking (Project DESIrE) Top, S. & De Hert, P. , Jan 2019

Research output : Non-textual form › Digital or Visual Products › Research

Original language English Publication status Published - Jan 2019

DESIRE Deliverable 3.2: Understanding demand for sexual services, human trafficking for sexual exploitation and existing law and policies in three European countries (Croatia, The Netherlands and Poland)

03/12/2018
DESIRE Deliverable 3.2: Understanding demand for sexual services, human trafficking for sexual exploitation and existing law and policies in three European countries (Croatia, The Netherlands and Poland) Weatherburn, A. (ed.) , De Koster, M. , Enhus, E. & De Hert, P. (ed.) , 3 Dec 2018 , 95 p...

Deliverable 4.4: Video involving buyers of sexual services in fighting sexual exploitation

03/10/2018
Deliverable 4.4: Video involving buyers of sexual services in fighting sexual exploitation Rigotti, C. , Top, S. , Weatherburn, A. & De Hert, P. , 3 Oct 2018

Research output : Non-textual form › Digital or Visual Products › Research

Original language English Publication...

DESIRE Deliverable 4.3 Briefing paper on non-legislative measures that can discourage and reduce the demand that fosters sexual exploitation related to trafficking in human beings

30/09/2018
DESIRE Deliverable 4.3 Briefing paper on non-legislative measures that can discourage and reduce the demand that fosters sexual exploitation related to trafficking in human beings Weatherburn, A. & De Hert, P. (ed.) , 30 Sep 2018 , 13 p.

Research output : Book/Report ›...

Deliverable 3.3 : Summary of Workshop

31/07/2018
Deliverable 3.3 : Summary of Workshop Top, S. , Weatherburn, A. (ed.) & De Hert, P. (ed.) , 31 Jul 2018 , 12 p.

Research output : Book/Report › Commissioned report › Research

Original language English Number of pages 12 Publication status Published - 31 Jul 2018

Deliverable 2.1 : Video on the differences in sex work legislations

07/11/2017
Deliverable 2.1 : Video on the differences in sex work legislations Top, S. , Weatherburn, A. & De Hert, P. , 7 Nov 2017

Research output : Non-textual form › Digital or Visual Products › Research

Video explaining the sex work legislation in four different countries:...