Niels van Dijk

– VUB –

Nils Van Dijk (VUB)


Dr. Niels van Dijk is a post-doctoral research fellow at the Centre for Law Science Technology and Society (LSTS) and at the Institute for Computer and Information Sciences (ICIS) at Radboud University Nijmegen. He is also a lecturer in legal philosophy at the Saint-Louis University (FUSL) in Brussels. Niels van Dijk holds a PhD degree in law by the VUB, and LLM and MA degrees in law and philosophy by the University of Amsterdam. His research focuses mainly on the challenges posed by new digital technologies to intellectual rights, privacy and data protection and the broader role of law within these developments. Further fields of his competence include: legal theory, philosophy of science, STS, impact assessments and ethnography of legal institutions. As a researcher he has participated in several national and European (FP 6 & 7) projects. He currently holds a postdoctoral mandate from the Flanders Research Foundation for the research project “Rights in Design. The technological reconstitution of privacy and data protection”. He further is a member of the Steering Committee of the Belgian network for Science & Technology in Society studies. In 2015 he received the biannual VWR Dissertation Award (2013-2014) for best PhD thesis in legal theory in the Netherlands and Belgium.