dr. Irene Kamara LLM MSc

dr. Irene Kamara LLM MSc

Assistant Professor Cybercrime Law and Human Rights

TLS: Tilburg Law School


Irene works as Assistant Professor Cybercrime Law and Human Rights at TILT. She is also affiliated researcher at Vrije Universiteit Brussel. Irene obtained a joint doctorate degree from Tilburg University and the Vrije Universiteit Brussel. She has conducted research for the European Commission, the Dutch National Cyber Security Agency, the European Cybersecurity Agency and others. She is invited as external expert evaluator of EU funded proposals. Irene is a member of the ENISA Experts List for assisting in the implementation of its Annual Work Programme and of the CEN-CENELEC/BTWG 3 'STAIR' on STAndardization, Innovation and Research. Irene was the winner of the 2021 Standards+Innovation Individual Researcher award of the European Standardisation Organisations. She is qualified attorney-at-law and was practicising for several years before joining academia.Since August 2022, Irene is the Research Coordinator at TILT.


  • Cybercrime (620068-M-6) course coordinator and lecturer at LL.M. Law & Technology.
  • Honors Program: Trust in the Information Age: ‘You can trust me, I'm a lawyer’: cementing trust(worthiness) in law and institutions.
  • Guest lectures on cybersecurity, cybercrime, data protection & privacy, regulation theory, soft law, standardisation, certification, international data flows.
  • PhD supervision.
  • Master Thesis supervision.



  • Affiliated Researcher - Vrije Universiteit Brussel (Research Group on Law, Science, Technology, Society)
  • Attorney at law (Athens Bar Association - Greece)
  • Transatlantic Technology Law Forum Fellow at Stanford University (2022-2023)
  • Member of the ENISA Experts List for assisting in the implementation of the Annual ENISA Work Programme, ENISA M-CEI-21-T41
  • Editorial Board - Journal of Standardisation (open access, hosted by TU Delft)
  • Member of CEN-CENELEC Working Group of the Technical Boards 'STAIR' (STAndards, Innovation and Research)
  • Member of Institute for Global Law & Policy (IGLP) Network (Harvard Law School)
  • Member of Netherlands Network for Human Rights Research (NNHRR)
  • Member of European Academy for Standardisation EURAS
  • Annual Privacy Forum (APF) Program Committee Member
  • IPEN - Internet Privacy Engineering Network (EDPS)
  • Technical Committee Cybersecurity and Privacy of the Dutch Standardisation Institute NEN
  • Member of the European Data Protection Board experts pool


  • Nominated for the Praemium Erasmianum Foundation Research Prize 2023
  • Winner of the CEN CENELEC Standards + Innovation award, category Individual Researcher/Innovator for 2021 (nominated by NEN)
  • Shortlisted for CEFCYS (top 3) for Cyber Woman Excellence award - Europe 2021
  • Principal Investigator - Horizon Europe ENCRYPT project on  Scalable And Practical Privacy-Preserving Framework.
  • Principal investigator - National Cyber Security Centre (NL) -study on Network and Information Security Directive (2022) and cybersecurity certification (2020)
  • Principal investigator - COM DG JUST study on GDPR certification 2019
  • Honourable mention at the NENnovation competition 2019
  • Presentation at the IGLP Harvard Law School conference 2018
  • Most read paper for 2018 (2nd place) European Data Protection Law Review (EDPL)
  • Contributed to the development of a CEN Workshop Agreement (European standardisation deliverable)  https://www.cencenelec.eu/media/CEN-CENELEC/CWAs/RI/cwa17147_2017.pdf
  • Best paper award - ITU-Kaleidoscope Conference 2015
  • Young Author Recognition certificate -  ITU-Kaleidoscope Conference 2015

Recent publications

  1. Responsible automatically processable regulation

    Guitton, C., Mayer, S., Tamo-Larrieux, A., Van Landuyt, D., Fosch Villaronga, E., Kamara, I., & Pałka, P. (2024). Responsible automatically processable regulation. AI & Society: Knowledge, Culture and Communication - Springer Nature, 39(1). https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s00146-024-01901-7
  2. Article 38 - Derogations for specific situations

    Kamara, I. (2024). Article 38: Derogations for specific situations. In E. Kosta, & F. Boehm (Eds.), The law enforcement directive : A commentary Oxford University Press.
  3. European Cybersecurity Standardisation: A Tale of Two Solitudes in vi…

    Kamara, I. (Accepted/In press). European Cybersecurity Standardisation: A Tale of Two Solitudes in view of Europe’s Cyber Resilience. Innovation: The European Journal of Social Science Research.
  4. Image-based sexual abuse of minors on online gaming platforms - Betwe…

    Kamara, I. (2024). Image-based sexual abuse of minors on online gaming platforms: Between punitive and preventive regulatory responses in the EU. Cahiers politiestudies, 70(1), 87-113.
  5. A practical and scalable privacy-preserving framework

    Avgerinos, N., D'Antonio, S., Kamara, I., Kotselidis, C., Lazarou, G., Mannarino, T., Meditskos, G., Papachristopoulou, K., Papoutsis, A., Roccetti, P., & Zuber, M. (2023). A practical and scalable privacy-preserving framework. In Proceedings of the 2023 IEEE International Conference on Cyber Security and Resilience (CSR): July 31 - August 2 2023, Venice, Italy (pp. 598-603)

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