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

TILT studies emerging technologies and their impact on the individual and society, recognizing the interplay between technology, regulation and fundamental values & human rights.

TILT Clinics

At TILT we offer the opportunity for students for cooperation between academia and practice: the TILT Clinic. This is a close cooperation in which 4 Master students are working on an assignment commissioned by a company. The first TILT Clinic was a cooperation between Louwers IP/Technology Lawyers and four students regarding the privacy implications of health and lifestyle monitoring wearables.

Interested in cooperating with TILT in a TILT Clinic?

We are currently looking for companies which are interested in commissioning an assignment for a new TILT Clinic. The exact arrangement is flexible, in order to accommodate the wishes of the commissioning party.

Key features

  • 1 month / 2 days a week
  • 1 assignment commissioned by practice
  • 4 talented students
  • 1 day of supervision at the university
  • 1 day of supervision at the commissioner’s premises
  • Concrete predefined end result

Advantages of the program for the commissioning company

  • Recruiting talented students
  • Minimum investment
  • Different perspectives on a topical issue
  • Pre-defined end result
  • PR via the network of Tilburg Law School
  • Bonding with Tilburg University

Advantages for students

  • Boost for CV
  • Gain practical experience
  • Use research for paper/thesis

Advantages for Tilburg Law School

  • Creating internship opportunities for students
  • Closer ties with company

At TILT we have two types of clinics:

Clinics in collaboration with various businesses and organizations


Clinics in collaboration with other Universities

Clinics in collaboration with the University of Stanford and Higher School of Economics (HSE) of Moscow

This clinic focuses on submitting third-party interventions in key cases before the European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR) in Strassbourg.

Currently running:

Amicus Brief before the ECtHR in Kharitonov v. Russia (in collaboration with HSE)

The pending case Vladimir Vladimirovich Kharitonov v. Russia is considered of a utter importance for the future of the information society, and the place of freedom of expression of many individuals in it. This is the reason why a law clinic has been set up to intervene as Amicus Curiae in this case. It is important that the European Court of Human Rights receives a full picture of the problem before it makes its important decision that, without doubt, will set a human rights standard for the freedom of expression online.

The aim of the clinic is to aid the Court through a third party submission in several ways. As friends of the Court, the clinic‘s participants will offer a brief comparative research of “balancing of interests“ involved in the blocking of hosting services cases touching upon the issues of freedom of expression, taking into consideration not only the ECtHR jurisprudence in similar cases (see, e.g., Ahmet Yıldırım v. Turkey (no. 3111/10, ECHR 2012), but also other relevant international material (see, e.g., the UN Joint declaration on freedom of expression and the Internet of June 1st, 2011). Second, the participants will suggest possible human rights limits against the indiscriminate blocking of access to a website that only contains lawful contents, in the context of Art. 10 of the European Convetion of Human Rights.

The clinic is a joint collaboration between selected students from the Master in Law and Technology of Tilburg University and the Higher School of Economics of Moscow.

Please find more about the result of this clinic here.

Clinics in collaboration with Haifa University (Israel) and Ottawa University (Canada)

TILT has entered into a cooperation with Tal Zarsky from Haifa University (Israel) and Michael Geist from Ottawa University (Canada). The goal of the project is to have students from each university to write a paper together on topics such as autonomous cars, smart grids, smart cities, cyber-warfare and internet of things. 3 TILT students will join this research project this year, 3 students will follow next year.

Each student will cooperate on a different topic with students from the other universities. Through such collaboration, international and interdisciplinary insights are gained. Students and a TILT teacher will visit Haifa University in May 2017 to follow classes and discus their draft paper. After that, the paper will be finished in the months of June and July, delivering three comparative and interdisciplinary papers by students from Haifa, Tilburg and Ottawa University.

Application has been closed.

More information for interested companies as well as students: