Paul De Hert Law Science Technology & Society (LSTS) Building B, room 4B317 Vrije Universiteit Brussel Pleinlaan 2 B-1050 Brussels Belgium Phone secretary +32 2 629 24 60 direct fax +32 2 629 26 62 Email [email protected] Prof.
Paul De Hert's work addresses problems in the area of privacy & technology, human rights and criminal law.
Currently he is expanding his scope of interest including research on issues with regard to the human rights status of the elderly and the principle of neutrality in a democratic state.
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 several books and articles in law and a productive decade of research for the Flemish Funds for Scientific Research, the Belgian Justice Department, the Department of Interior Affairs and the Brussels University Research Council 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. Currently, at Brussels, Paul De Hert holds the chair of 'Criminal Law', and 'International and European Criminal Law'.
Liberal Democracy Hesitating between Rights Thinking and Liberty Thinking' (2000, Promoter: Prof. In the past he has held the chair of 'Human Rights', 'Legal theory', 'Historical introduction to eight major constitutional systems' and 'Constitutional criminal law'.
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He is Co-Director of the Research group Law Science Technology & Society (LSTS), Director of the Research group on human rights (HUMR), and Director of the Department of Interdisciplinary Studies of Law (Metajuridics).
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 of the New Journal of European Criminal law (Intersentia). ▸ Abstract Abstract: Europe’s two basic regulatory texts, the 1981 Council of Europe’s Convention 108 and the 1995 European Union (EU) Data Protection Directive, say little on enforcement in general and on the use of criminal law in particular.