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Irene is a PhD researcher at TILT. She follows a joint doctorate track supported by the Tilburg University and the Vrije Universiteit Brussel. Her PhD topic examines the interplay between standardisation and the regulation of the right to protection of personal data. Prior to joining academia, Irene had been working as an attorney at law before the Court of Appeal in Athens. She also did traineeships at the European Data Protection Supervisor and the European Standardisation Organisations CEN and CENELEC. In 2016, she collaborated with the European Commission as external expert evaluator of H2020 proposals on societal security. Irene is selected as a member of the ENISA Experts List for assisting in the implementation of the Annual ENISA Work Programme. In 2015, Irene received a best paper award and a young author recognition certificate from the International Telecommunications Union (ITU), the United Nations Agency for standardisation.
Irene’s PhD project explores the interaction of soft law instruments and human rights, through examining the case of technical standards in the regulation of the right to protection of personal data in the European Union. The research aims to introduce a framework of principles and safeguards for data protection technical standards. To that end, the project studies in-depth the evolution of standardisation in the field of data protection and analyses variables such as the policy and regulatory appraisal of technical standards as an instrument supporting the aims of EU secondary legislation, but also the legitimacy of the standards-development processes, and the human rights nature of the right to protection of personal data.