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E.J. Koops

Hoogleraar regulation & technology

Tilburg Law School
Tilburg Institute for Law, Technology, and Society (TILT)



Bert-Jaap Koops researches the interaction between technology and law, in particular criminal law and regulation issues. His main research fields are cybercrime, cyber-investigation, privacy, and data protection. He is also interested in topics such as DNA forensics, identity, digital constitutional rights, 'code as law', and regulatory implications of human enhancement, genetics, robotics, and neuroscience.

With a personal postdoc (1999), VIDI (2003) and VICI (2014) grant, Koops is one of the few Dutch researchers who received all three stages of NWO?s (Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research) personal research-grant scheme. From 2005-2010, he was a member of De Jonge Akademie, a young-researcher branch of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences.

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  • PhD in law (Tilburg University), 1999; "The Crypto Controversy: a Key Conflict in the Information Society"; promotores M.S. Groenhuijsen, J.M. Smits and H.C.A. van Tilborg
  • MA general and comparative literature (Groningen University), 1992
  • MSc mathematics (Groningen University), 1991
  • propedeutic exam art history (Groningen University), 1991
  • propedeutic exam philosophy (Groningen University), 1989


  • 2006-present: professor of regulation and technology, Tilburg University
  • 2000-2005: associate professor, Tilburg University
  • 1998-2000: postdoc, Tilburg University
  • 1994-1998: PhD candidate, Tilburg University and Eindhoven University of Technology


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Current project2

  • Decryption order and art. 6 ECHR (WODC), 2012
  • Cloud computing: consequences for criminal investigation (WODC)
  • RoboLaw (EU / FP7), 2012-2015
  • VIRTUOSO - open-source intelligence (EU / FP7), 2009-2013

Past projects

  • Privacy assessment open-source intelligence (NCTb), 2011-12
  • Lawful ICT operations. Guidelines for higher education institutions (SURF), 2010
  • Market forces in forensics (WODC), 2009-10
  • Digital files in criminal cases (Openbaar Ministerie), 2009
  • Privacy assessment of smart metering (Consumentenbond), 2008
  • Notice & Takedown and Art. 54a Dutch Criminal Code (NICC), 2007
  • Comparative survey of digital fundamental rights (Ministerie BZK), 2006-07
  • Human Enhancement (De Jonge Akademie en CSG), 2006-08
  • Personal Characteristics in DNA forensics (NWO/MCG), 2004-06
  • Security and privacy in 2030: two scenarios (Ministerie BZK), 2004-05
  • Evaluation of Interceptability Legislation (Ministerie EZ), 2004-05
  • FIDIS, Future of Identity in the Information Society (EU/FP6), 2004-09
  • Law, technology, and shifting power relations (NWO/MaGW VIDI-subsidie), 2004-09
  • Body, home and criminal investigation: new privacy threats in ICT? (NWO/ITeR), 2002-04
  • ICT-benchmark, pillar Regulation (Ministerie EZ), 2002
  • Internationalisation and jurisdiction (NWO/ITeR), 2001-05
  • Where criminali investigation and privacy meet: the influence of ICT(NWO/MaGW persoonlijke postdoc-subsidie), 2000-02
  • Internationalisation, jurisdiction and ICT law (WODC/NWO-ITeR), 2000
  • Privacy views of citizens (NWO/ITeR), 2000-01
  • A duty to decrypt for suspects (NWO/ITeR), 1999
  • Comparative legal analysis of fundamental rights in the digital age (Ministerie van Justitie, Commissie-GDT), 1999-2000



E.J. Koops teaches the following subjects:

Other activities

  • member editorial team Law, Technology and Innovation (Hart)
  • member legal expert panel, Journal of Digital Investigation (Elsevier)
  • member advisory board Secondant
  • member advisory board MonografieŽn Recht en Informatietechnologie (Sdu)
  • member Committee on Human Rights, Advisory Council on International Affairs
  • chair of the board, Oophaga Foundation
  • member Advisory Board Bits of Freedom
  • member Advisory Board Dutch Platform for Information Security

Contact details
Room M 711
PO Box 90153
5000 LE Tilburg 
Phone+31 13 466 8101
Secretary+31 13 466 8199
Fax +31 13 466 3750

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Hoogleraar regulation & technology
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