Carl Vander Maelen


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Short Bio

Carl is the academic assistant to prof. dr. Eva Lievens and Ph.D candidate in the research group Law & Technology at Ghent University. He is affiliated with the department of Interdisciplinary Study of Law, Private Law and Business Law and the activities of the Ghent Rolin-Jaequemyns International Law Institute (GRILI).

His PhD is entitled ‘Using Alternative Regulatory Instruments to Regulate Global Actors: a Case Study of Articles 40-41 GDPR and their Extraterritorial Impact on Corporate Behaviour’ and studies changes in corporate behaviour outside of the EU as a result of GDPR-based codes of conduct".

For his paper ‘Online Age Verification Mechanisms in the Personal Data Protection Framework: A Battle for the Ages?’ he was awarded the Young Scholar Award – 1st Prize during the 2018 Amsterdam Privacy Conference. He is also a member of the organizing committee of the Ghent University Legal Techathon.

Prior to his current position, he achieved an impressive individual and team result in the 2017 Philip C. Jessup International Moot Court. For their written submission, his team was awarded the Alona E. Evans Award for ‘4th Best Memorial’. He furthermore completed internships at the Brussels data protection law firm Time.Lex and the Embassy of Belgium in Washington D.C.

Carl obtained his Master’s degree in Law from Ghent University in 2017.