About me

I am Professor of Law and Co-Chairman (with Prof. Paul De Hert) of the Brussels Privacy Research Hub at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB or Free University of Brussels, a major research university located in central Brussels). I am an associate professor in the Law Faculty of the University of Copenhagen and an affiliated lecturer and Honorary Fellow of the Centre for European Legal Studies of the University of Cambridge. I am also a Visiting Professor in the Department of Law in the London School of Economics and Political Science. I previously taught European IT law at the Vienna University of Economics and Business (Wirtschaftsuniversität).

I am also Senior Privacy Counsel in the Brussels office of Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati. I previously founded and led the European data protection practice at Hunton & Williams in Brussels, and also worked at the law firms of Morrison & Foerster (Brussels) and Gleiss Lutz (Stuttgart and Frankfurt).

In July 2016 I taught a specialized course at the summer school on the law of the European Union of the Academy of European Law at the European University Institute in Florence. The course was entitled "The Future of the Internet and the Global Reach of EU Law in the Context of Online Data Protection and Internet Governance". The text of the course will be published in the Collected Courses of the Academy of European Law.

In July 2015 I taught a special course in the private international law section of the summer school of the Hague Academy of International Law ("Data Protection Law and International Commercial Arbitration", with Daniel Cooper). The course will be published in the Recueil des Cours/Collected Courses of the Hague Academy.

In June 2015 i was awarded the "Best Consumer Supporter" award and medal by the Consumer Affairs Agency of the government of Japan. The award is given for services to Japanese consumers, and I was chosen because of my expertise in data protection law and my promotion of EU data protection law in Japan. On June 26, the Japanese Ambassador to the European Union, His Excellency Keiichi Katakami, presented a medal to me in recognition of the award. Further Information can be found at http://www.vub.ac.be/en/nieuws/2015/07/03/prof-christopher-kuner-receives-japanese-award-contributions-consumer-protection and https://privacyassociation.org/news/a/privacy-pro-named-japans-best-consumer-supporter/. See photo of the medal on the home page.

I have published several books and dozens of articles on legal topics; a complete bibliography is available on this site.

I am editor-in-chief of the law journal 'International Data Privacy Law' published by Oxford University Press.

I was chair for ten years of the Task Force on Privacy and the Protection of Personal Data of the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC). I also founded and led the European Privacy Officers Forum (EPOF).

I have been active in international organizations such as the Counci of Europe, the OECD, and UNCITRAL. I was a member of the Experts Group on the retention of electronic communications data set up by DG Home Affairs of the European Commission.

I hold a PhD in law from Tilburg University (the Netherlands), an LL.M. from New York University (NYU), a US law degree (J.D.) from Notre Dame Law School, and a B.A. from Lawrence University. I have been a visiting fellow at the Centre for International Legal Studies and at Wolfson College of the University of Cambridge, and at the Oxford Internet Institute.

In June 2010 I was awarded the Burton Award for Excellence in Legal Writing of the Burton Foundation for my article "Onward Transfer of Personal Data Under the U.S. Safe Harbor Framework," Bloomberg BNA's Privacy & Security Law Report, August 17, 2009.

The 2011 edition of Chambers Europe had this to say about me: "'Superb' data protection and compliance expert Christopher Kuner…wins rave reviews from clients, who report that 'he is very clear and concise, always on time, and has great expertise in this area' as well as having 'great connections with the European authorities, acute commercial awareness and excellent multilingual skills.' sources summarise that 'he is one of the best data protection lawyers in the world.'"

Among the other bodies of which I am a member include the Advisory Board of BNA's Privacy and Security Law Report; the editorial board of the German legal journal "Multimedia und Recht" (Verlag C.H. Beck); the academic advisory board of the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Datenschutz und Datensicherheit (German Society for Data Protection and Data Security); and the editorial board go the International Journal of Law and Information Technology (Oxford University Press).

I am also a member of the B-List of the Brussels Bar, and of the New York Bar. I am fluent in English and German.

In my free time I enjoy playing the classical violin. I play a reproduction of a Venetian violin by Matteo Gofriller, made for me by Gerlinde Reutterer of Vienna.

© Christopher Kuner 2014