About our research

The speed and extent to which new technologies are created, used and embedded in professional and private spheres raise many legal questions.

The fundamental research conducted in the field of 'Law & Technology' focuses on understanding, interpreting and critically evaluating:

  • the legal impact of technology and technology-based or technology-facilitated processes and behaviours
  • the potential of technology to facilitate or enrich legal processes or procedures

In both strands of research, a human rights-based and interdisciplinary approach is adopted.

Research topics

  • Fundamental rights & technology
  • Children’s rights in the digital environment
  • Data protection, big data, smart devices & Internet of Things/Toys
  • Cybercrime
  • Legal & ethical aspects of artificial intelligence, robotics & algorithms
  • Consumer rights in the online environment

Research projects

PhD topics

  • Valerie Verdoodt: Children’s rights and advertising literacy in the digital era: Towards an empowering regulatory framework for commercial communication.   
                                   (joint PHD KU Leuven – Ghent University
  • Ingrida Milkaite: A children’s rights perspective on privacy and data protection in the digital age: a critical and forward-looking analysis of the General Data Protection Regulation and its implementation with respect to children and youth
  • Argyro Chatzinikolaou: Minors and online sexual acts: a study of legal qualifications and regulatory approaches from a children's rights perspective
  • Carl Vander Maeien : Regulating global actors through the use of alternative regulatory instruments: an analysis of the extent to which EU codes of conduct
                                         contribute to fragmentation or harmonisation of data protection standards
  •  Liesa Keunen : Tax audits on big data: exploring the legitimacy and limits in light of the prohibition of fishing expeditions

  • Yueming Zhang : Cross-border Data Flows between the European Union and China: A Comparative Analysis of Data Protection Laws and Future Cooperation