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 supervison 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 the University of Stanford

This clinic focuses on submitting third-party interventions in key cases before the European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR) in Strassbourg. Currently there is no open clinic.

Clinics in collaboration with various businesses and organizations

Here you can find information about TILT Clinics currently open for application.

TILT Clinic 'Open Data"

From the end of October until January 2017 TILT is organizing a Law Clinic commissioned by the Municipality of Eindhoven. More and more data are collected in the public space e.g. measuring air and temperature, but also traffic flows and the flow of people. These data collected in the public space are, according to the Eindhoven Municipality, available to everyone and owned by everyone. Therefore, the Eindhoven Municipality wants to assess whether it is allowed to make regulations valid for the digital daily environment. This question will be answered by the participants in the Law Clinic.

TILT Clinic with Zepcam

Call for applications (due date was September 23, 2016)

Clinic Topic:

What are the legal implications of incorporating facial recognition (and other biometric) capabilities into body-worn camera technologies designed for use by law enforcement, transport, and public safety personnel.

Clinic Dates: 28 October to 25 November 2016

Zepcam company profile:
Zepcam is a Dutch technology company specialized in body worn video and mobile video systems for professional use. Zepcam develops products and solutions for clients in public safety, public transport, fire departments and the industry.
The company offers integrated high-end solutions that cover the complete technical chain: field device, back-end and network solution, client applications and video management system integrations for command & control rooms. This integrated approach results in significant better quality, ease of implementation and high operational reliability.
The video systems of Zepcam are used for recording and live streaming of video, audio and location via 2G, 3G, 4G and Wi-Fi.  Zepcam products are used for video evidence, reduction of aggression, lone worker situations, improving situational awareness and remote assistance of field engineers.
Zepcam is a recognised pioneer and leader in its markets. Its products and solutions are being sold to clients in over 30 countries, including police forces of Germany, The Netherlands and Switzerland.

Clinic Overview and application instructions:
TILT is proud to present a new TILT Clinic in cooperation with Zepcam, a market leading Dutch mobile video company based nearby in Zaltbommel.  During one month (from October 28 to November 25, 2016) four (4) students will work on a practical assignment, commissioned by Zepcam. The students will spend one day at Zepcam’s offices at the beginning of the clinic, followed by an average of two days a week at TILT, concluding with written and oral reports to company executives and the TILT community. Students will receive input and feedback from supervisors with academic as well as practical business perspectives, although the primary feedback will be from the Clinic’s two academic supervisors.
Application to the TILT/Zepcam Clinic is open to any (international and domestic) Master students at Tilburg Law School. Part of the clinic assignment will be targeted at understanding the domestic legal regulation of body-worn camera use and deployment, with a specific focus on incorporating facial recognition and other biometric technologies, in a small set of countries (ideally two or three), including the Netherlands. Because of the need to include an analysis of Dutch law in the project, we plan to select at least one student with native fluency in Dutch and with some expertise in Dutch law. Other selected students will have fluency and background expertise in the language and relevant law of another European country (with some preference for German, English, Italian, Polish, Czech, or Slovenian).
The TILT/Zepcam Clinic will run from 28 October to 25 November 2016. The specific working days will include one Friday at Zepcam in the first week (e.g. 28 October) as well as two days a week at TILT in each of the four weeks (specific days are negotiable, and to be decided based on student and supervisor availability).
Applications, including a Letter of Motivation, CV/resume, and grade list (transcript), must be submitted by email to Dr. Bryce C. Newell at b.c.newell@uvt.nl. Letters of motivation should include a statement identifying which legal jurisdiction(s) the applicant is most interested in researching, and what level of legal research experience the applicant has with the law of the identified jurisdiction(s). Complete application materials must be received on or by September 23, 2016. TILT, in coordination with Zepcam, will select up to four (4) students to participate in the Clinic. Students will be notified about participation on (or before) October 10. There is no financial remuneration for participation in the TILT/Zepcam Clinic. Travel expenses to Zepcam’s offices in Zaltbommel will be reimbursed if students do not have a free OV‐chipcard.
Participation in the TILT/Zepcam Clinic is reserved for the best students and will be a valuable addition to your CV. Clinic organizers reserve the right to select fewer than four students, at their discretion, should the applications not meet the desired criteria.
The TILT/Zepcam Clinic assignment will entail:

  • Conducting research into the legal and political implications of incorporating facial recognition (and other biometric) capabilities into body-worn camera technologies designed for use by law enforcement, transport, and public safety personnel in The Netherlands and one or two additional countries (to be determined by the clinic supervisors, taking the interests/expertise of accepted students into consideration); as well as possibly some broader legal research into how body-worn cameras are regulated in these same jurisdictions;

  • Presenting early findings to Clinic supervisors halfway through the Clinic, to receive and incorporate feedback and questions into the final research report;

  • Drafting a final report, based on the research conducted, outlining the legal analysis and other research findings applicable in each country studied;

Presenting the completed research and findings to supervisors at Zepcam and TILT.

More information for interested companies as well as students: