Mireille  Hildebrandt Author of Evaluating Organization Development

Mireille Hildebrandt

Vrije Universiteit Brussel

I am a research professor at Vrije Universiteit Brussel, with a focus on 'Interfacing Law and Technology', at the Faculty of Law and Criminology. I am also a professor at the institute of Computing and Information Sciences at Radboud University Nijmegen, holding the Chair of Smart Environments, Data Protection and the Rule of Law. My research focus is on law, technology and philosophy, with an emphasis on artificial agency.


After a brief introduction to cultural anthropology I studied law and taught criminal procedure at Leiden University. For many years I headed the tutor system at the Erasmus School of Law in Rotterdam, engaging students in a socratic method to guide first year students in their legal training. My PhD further developed the expectancy model of legal rules of Jan Glastra van Loon and the relational conception of law of Réné Foqué and Joest 't Hart. I was then seconded to Vrije Universiteit Brussel to head a research team on 'correlatable humans', investigating the implications of data mining, profiling and machine learning for democracy and the Rule of Law. The research project was headed by Serge Gutwirth, and co-promoted by Bruno Latour and Isabelle Stengers. I connected with Don Ihde at Stony Brook and started working on the nexus of philosophy of law and technology. Being involved in numerous European and Belgium research projects around ICT and privacy I have become deeply involved in issues around the proposed EU General Data Protection Regulation. I have been appointed as full professor with the computer science department at Radboud University, collaborating with Bart Jacobs and teaching master students of digital security about 'law in cyberspace'. This has confirmed my interest in the assumptions and presumptions of computer science (both digital security and machine learning), and their relationship with law and legal theory. In 2008 Profiling the European Citizens was published with Springer, which I co-edited and co-authored with Serge Gutwirth, in 2011 Law, Human Autonomy and Autonomic Computing was published with Routledge, co-edited with Antoinette Rouvroy, in 2013 Privacy and Due Process after the Computational Turn was published with Routledge, co-edited with Katja de Vries, and Human Law and Computer Law was published with Springer, co-edited with Jeanne Gaakeer. In 2015 my monograph Smart Technologies and the End(s) of Law was published with Edward Elgar, focusing on the emergence of data-driven agency.  


    LLM, PhD

Areas of Research / Professional Expertise

    Privacy, Data Protection, Due Process, Presumption of Innocence, Cybercrime, Philosophy of Law and Technology


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Law as Information in the Era of Data-Driven Agency

By: Mireille Hildebrandt
Subjects: Criminology and Criminal Justice, Information Science, Other, Philosophy, Sociology, Criminology and Criminal Justice

This Thursday, 18th June 2015, I will give the Chorley Lecture of the Modern Law Review in the Shaw Library at the Old Building, London School of Economics. A rare occassion to share my thoughts on the far reaching implications of the assumptions and presumptions of Shannon and Wieners concept of information with a wonderful audience. See http://www.modernlawreview.co.uk/chorley.asp