Serge Gutwirth is a professor of human rights, legal theory, comparative law and legal research at the Faculty of Law and Criminology of the Vrije Universiteit Brussel(VUB), where he studied law, criminology and also obtained a post-graduate degree in technology and science studies. He also holds a part-time position of lecturer at the Faculty of law of the Erasmus University Rotterdam where he teaches philosophy of law. Since October 2003 Gutwirth is holder of a 10 year research fellowship in the framework of the VUB-Research contingent for his project 'Sciences and the democratic constitutional state: a mutual transformation process'. Gutwirth founded and still chairs the VUB-Research group Law Science Technology & Society. He publishes widely in Dutch French and English.
Currently, Serge Gutwirth is particularly interested both in technical legal issues raised by technology (particularly in the field of data protection and privacy) and in more generic issues related to the articulation of law, sciences, technologies and societies.
Research Networks and Activity:
Gutwirth has been the network-coordinator and principal partner/promoter of the international Interuniversity Attraction Poles (IAP) Phase V research project The loyalties of knowledge. The positions and responsibilities of the sciences and of scientists in a democratic constitutional state granted by the Federal Office for Scientific, Technical and Cultural Affairs in Belgium. He has been the (co-)promoter of the participation of LSTS in a series of FP6 (REFGOV, SPICE, SWAMI and FIDIS) and FP7 research projects (SENIOR and INEX). LSTS is also a partner in two FP7 research which recently entered into contract negotiations with the European Commission, namely PRESCIENT and REACTION. Under Gutwirth?s promotership LSTS was also in charge of the legal aspects of the DG-INFSO EU-tender : Privacy and Trust in the Ubiquitous Information Society.