Bio

Thomas is a post-doctoral researcher at Tilburg University. He is affiliated to the Tilburg Institute for Law, Technology, and Society (TILT) and the Tilburg Law and Economics Center (TILEC).

Expertise

Thomas holds expertise in ICT law, and more specifically in the areas of competition law, platform regulation, data sharing, data governance and data protection issues linked to the data economy.

He currently works on the Sector Plan "Digital Legal Studies" (https://www.sectorplandls.nl/wordpress/about-us/), where he contributes to the research program “From Regulating Human Behavior to Regulating Data”, and to the sub-project “Protecting autonomy in a data-driven society”.

Before joining Tilburg University, Thomas worked for five years as a researcher at the CRIDS (Centre de Recherche Information, Droit et Société) of the University of Namur (Belgium), where he obtained his PhD in September 2021. His dissertation was titled: "Imposing data sharing among private actors: a tale of evolving balances".

Teaching

In addition to his research activities at Tilburg University, Thomas has teaching appointments at the University of Namur, where he teach the classes “ICT Law”, “Comparative Law and English Legal Terminology”, and “Environmental Law”.

Collaboration

In parallel to his doctoral research, Thomas has worked on various interdisciplinary research projects pertaining to the digitalisation of, and the use of Big Data and Artificial Intelligence by, public administrations (see https://soc.kuleuven.be/io/flexpub and https://soc.kuleuven.be/io/digi4fed).

He is also the editorial secretary of the journal “Revue des Technologies de l’Information et des Communications (R.D.T.I.)”.

He has been a visiting researcher at the Max Planck Institute for Innovation and Competition in Munich, from October to November 2018.

Recent publications

  1. Artificial intelligence and big data in fraud analytics - Identifying…

    Tombal, T., & Simonofski, A. (2021). Artificial intelligence and big data in fraud analytics: Identifying the main data protection challenges for public administrations.
  2. The GDPR - A shield to a competition authority’s data sharing remedy?

    Tombal, T. (2021). The GDPR: A shield to a competition authority’s data sharing remedy? In Deep diving into data protection: 1979-2019 : celebrating 40 years of research on privacy data protection at the CRIDS (pp. 67-93). Larcier.
  3. FLEXPUB - New generation of flexible public services - final report

    Bouckaert, G., Crompvoets, J., Snoeck, M., Naji, HABRA., Vanderose, B., Terwangne, C. D., Berghe, I. V., Chantillon, M., Kruk, R., Simonofski, A., Tombal, T., & Kruk, R. W. (2020). FLEXPUB: New generation of flexible public services - final report.
  4. FLEXPUB - Public E-Service Strategy : Report WP4. FLEXPUB : Work Pack…

    Crompvoets, J., Bouckaert, G., Snoeck, M., Naji, HABRA., Terwangne, C. D., Berghe, I. V., Chantillon, M., Kruk, R., Simonofski, A., Tombal, T., & Kruk, R. W. (2020). FLEXPUB: Public E-Service Strategy : Report WP4. FLEXPUB : Work Package 4 : Enablers.
  5. FLEXPUB - Public E-Service Strategy : Report WP5 : FLEXPUB - Work Pac…

    Crompvoets, J., Bouckaert, G., Snoeck, M., Naji, HABRA., Terwangne, C. D., Berghe, I. V., Chantillon, M., Kruk, R., Simonofski, A., Tombal, T., & Kruk, R. W. (2020). FLEXPUB: Public E-Service Strategy : Report WP5 : FLEXPUB - Work Package 5 : Case studies.

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