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Christopher Kuner

Guest Professor
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Christopher Kuner is professor of law and co-chair of the Brussels Privacy Hub, a research centre at the Vrije Universiteit  Brussel (VUB) in Brussels. He holds a doctorate in law from Tilburg University (the Netherlands), an LL.M. from New York University (NYU), a US law degree (J.D.) from Notre Dame Law School, and a B.A. from Lawrence University in the USA. 

He is also visiting professor at Maastricht University, an associate in the Centre for European Legal Studies of the University of Cambridge, and Senior Privacy Counsel in the Brussels office of the international law firm Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati. In the past he has been an affiliated lecturer in the Faculty of Law of the University of Cambridge, associate professor in the Law Faculty of the University of Copenhagen, and a visiting professor at the London School of Economics and Political Science and at Chuo University in Tokyo, Japan. In July 2016 he taught a course at the summer school on the law of the European Union of the Academy of European Law at the European University Institute in Florence. In July 2015 he taught a special course in the private international law section of the summer session of the Hague Academy of International Law, which has been published in 2017 in volume 382 of the Recueil des Cours of the Hague Academy. In 2019 he is a visiting fellow in the Department of Law of the European University Institute in Florence, Italy.

Dr. Kuner is founder and editor-in-chief of the law journal International Data Privacy Law published by Oxford University Press. He is also a member of the European Commission Multisectoral Stakeholder Group to Support the Application of the EU General Data Protection Regulation (EU) 2016/679, and the OECD Advisory Group of Experts Supporting the Review of the 2013 OECD Privacy Guidelines. The authors of numerous books and scholarly articles, his writings have been cited by the Court of Justice of the European Union, the German Federal Supreme Court (Bundesgerichtshof), and a leading US federal district court. He has participated in the work of international organizations such as the Council of Europe, the OECD, and UNCITRAL, and in various expert groups of the European Commission. He was chair for ten years of the Task Force on Privacy and the Protection of Personal Data of the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) in Paris. On 26 June, 2015 he was awarded the "Best Consumer Supporter" award and medal by the Consumer Affairs Agency of the government of Japan for promoting EU data protection law in Japan. 

Further information is available on his personal web site  



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