Joris Van Hoboken


Joris van Hoboken is a Professor of Law in the Brussels School of Governance's LLM programme. He is an Associate Professor at the Institute for Information Law (IViR), Faculty of Law, University of Amsterdam. At the Vrije Universiteit Brussels (VUB), he is also affiliated with the Interdisciplinary Research Group on Law Science Technology & Society (LSTS). Joris works on the intersection of fundamental rights protection (data privacy, freedom of expression, non-discrimination) and the governance of platforms and internet-based services. He is currently leading projects on the law and governance of quantum technologies (Quantum Delta NL), the regulation of platforms and content moderation (DSA Observatory), and the Digital Transformation of Decision Making initiative (Digital Legal Studies).
Previously, Joris was appointed (part-time) to the Chair ‘Fundamental Rights and Digital Transformation’ at the Vrije Universiteit Brussels (until Sept 2022), a chair established at the VUB with the support of Microsoft. From 2013-2016, Joris was a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Information Law Institute (ILI) at New York University, School of Law, a Visiting Scholar at the NYU Stern Center for Business & Human Rights (2015-2016) and a lecturer at CornellTech (2016). In 2008, he was a visiting scholar at the Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University. From 2007-2017, Van Hoboken served on the Board of Directors of the Dutch digital rights organization Bits of Freedom, including as Chair.
Joris obtained his PhD from the University of Amsterdam on the topic of search engines and freedom of expression (2012) and has graduate degrees in Law (2006, University of Amsterdam, cum laude) and Theoretical Mathematics (2002, University of Amsterdam, cum laude). For his PhD thesis, he received the thesis award of the Praemium Erasmianum Foundation. Joris is a regular speaker at international events and conferences and has conducted research for the Dutch government, the European Commission, ENISA, UNESCO, and The Open Society Foundations and his work has been widely covered in national and international media.

List of publications (on VUB publications platform)