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.

Please find more information about the experiences here.

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

TILT Clinic in cooperation with Louwers IP|Technology Advocaten

Louwers IP|Technology Advocaten is a modern niche firm in the field of IT/internet, privacy and intellectual property, and especially at the intersection of law and technology. Since 2006, the firm is established in design and technology region Brainport Eindhoven and from August 1, 2014 also in the equally innovative region of The Hague.

Procedures, contracts, ad hoc or strategic advice, due diligence and structural support like contract and IP management. We will find the best solution for you and are at your side.

We assist market participants and (semi) government in the timely recognition and interpretation of developments in the field of IT, internet, IP, innovation and technology and proper control of their position and interests. More information regarding our law firm visit.

Practicalities

For the clinic we are looking for 4 highly motivated students.

You will be working together on the commissioned assignment, see below.

For 4 weeks you will be working 2 days a week. 1 day at the premises of Louwers, 1 day at the premises of TILT. The clinic will start Wednesday Feb. 6, and the rest of the schedule will be set taking into consideration the course schedule. In order to apply you need to send a letter of motivation, CV and grade list to cuijpers@tilburguniversity.edu ultimately Jan. 29. Excepted candidates will be notified ultimately Feb. 3. If accepted candidates do not have a free public transportation card, travel expenses will be covered.

Assignment: Development educational tool for engineers

The engineers of the future face a faster pace of technology development and increasingly complex problems. They need both in-depth discipline expertise and cross-disciplinary insight. When developing technology for society, a basic understanding of legal subjects is of great importance. As the Technical University Eindhoven is primarily a university of technology, the ‘legal’ discipline is currently limitedly taught to students.

The recently opened TU/e innovation Space hosts several student teams and spin-offs which experience a lack of understanding on their legal position. According to similar institutions at other (technical) universities, these universities face similar problems. The key objective of this project is to educate (future) engineers about their legal position through an education tool.

The goal of the Clinic is to help develop and test the content of an education tool. This tool will be used to help engineering students answer the questions:

  1. have I created intellectual property?
  2. who owns the intellectual property I have created?
  3. what are legal topics to consider when starting a business?

Students will work both at the law firm Louwers IP|Technology Advocaten and at the TU/e Innovation Space, both located in Eindhoven.

Clinics in collaboration with other Universities

There are no TILT clinics in collaboration with other Universities running at the moment.


More information for interested companies as well as students:

Experiences from students

Eleftherios Chelioudakis
Eleftherios Chelioudakis from Greece, who has recently graduated, soon got the taste and has already completed multiple law clinics. How does he look back on them and what exactly has been the added value for him?

“First of all, I had a lot of fun during these projects and they have also strongly contributed to my development as a person. We were required to analyze not only the legal but also the ethical aspects of the case. I find these kinds of issues really stimulating. The various participating organizations provided new perspectives every time. We got excellent feedback, both from the field and from the university."

Important personal lessons
“One of the most important things the law clinics have taught me is the self-confidence to express myself, to communicate my thoughts with clear, well-structured arguments. It helped me to function better within the teams, mainly on communicative and organizational levels. It is very important to be able to underpin your views and ideas with sound arguments.”

Value for future career
“The law clinics have proven very useful in my present job at the Fundamental Rights Agency in Austria. I have learned how, and what kind of things, to prioritize, how to directly and clearly communicate your thoughts, and, of course, that you need to produce your results subject to strict deadlines. I have also learned that a multidisciplinary perspective can add a lot of value. You can learn a lot from people from other backgrounds and specialists from other fields. It is crucial to continue to actively educate yourself by listening to others and to be open to different views.”

Katerina Psixogiou
Katarina participated in the clinic for the European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR) and explains why she found it so important. “I was so glad to have the opportunity to collaborate on this case. This issue of Russia blocking thousands of websites is very problematic. What will stay with me from this clinic is that we must continue to defend the rights we are enjoying at the moment and that we just cannot take them for granted. I thought it was great to actually fight for our rights as part of this clinic, with the legal tools available to us. In this way, we can have an impact in our digitalizing world. The law clinics teach you to collaborate constructively and to gain experience in ‘the real world’!”