Serge Gutwirth

Full Professor

Serge Gutwirth is a Full Professor of Law in the LLM in International and European Law programme of the Brussels School of Governance, where he is a member of the Faculty of Law and Criminology. He holds degrees in law and criminology and also obtained a post-graduate degree in technology and science studies. Prof. Gutwirth has been teaching International Protection of Human rights in the LLM in International and European Law programme since 1994. His focus in class is always on trying to stimulate reflection and discussion on the nature of such rights, often evoking controversial issues, next to explaining the legal basics and issues. He also invites guest speakers to share their wisdom on specific issues such as human trafficking, human rights in places of detention, or the right to food.

Prof. Gutwirth’s PhD was about the relationships between law and sciences and he always continued to work on this issue, which indeed has a strong human rights dimension (data protection, privacy, health, environment, etc.). He founded the VUB’s Research group on Human Rights in 1999 and chaired it until 2003. He was a Vice Dean of his Faculty from 2012 to 2019, Vice Chair of the VUB’s Research Council from 2002 to 2013, chair of the Department of Interdisciplinary Studies of the Law in 2019 and (co-)chair of the Law Science Technology & Society (LSTS) research group from 2003 to 2019. In 2020 he opened up a new research line on the resurgence of the commons. More information, much of which related to human rights, is available on his personal website :


List of publications (on VUB publications platform)