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Serge Gutwirth PDF Print E-mail

Vrije Universiteit Brussel




  • Understanding the legal practice and the scientific or technological practices 
  • Privacy and data protection
  • Human rights
  • Legal aspects of surveillance and control



M. HILDEBRANDT & S. GUTWIRTH (eds.) Profiling the European citizen. Cross disciplinary perspectives, Springer Press, Dordrecht, 2008 (ISBN 978-1-40206914-7)

M. FRIEDEWALD, S. GUTWIRTH, Y. PUNIE, D. WRIGHT & E. VILDJIOUNAITE (eds), Safeguards in a World of Ambient Intelligence, Springer Press, Dordrecht, 2008, 291 p. (ISBN 978-1-40206661-0)

E. CLAES, A. DUFF & S. GUTWIRTH (eds..), Privacy and the criminal law,
Antwerp/Oxford, Intersentia, 2006, 199 p. (ISBN 90 5095 545 2)

GUTWIRTH, S., Privacy and the information age, Lanham/Boulder/New York/Oxford, Rowman & Littlefield Publ., 2002, 158 p. (ISBN 0 7425 1746 2)


GUTWIRTH S., DE HERT P. & DE SUTTER L., ‘The trouble with technology regulation
from a legal perspective. Why Lessig’s ‘optimal mix’ will not work’ in BROWNSWORD R.
& YEUNG K., Regulating Technologies, Oxford, Hart Publishers, 2008 (forthcoming)

WRIGHT D., FRIEDEWALD M., SCHREURS W., VERLINDEN M., GUTWIRTH S., PUNIE Y., MAGHIROS I., VILDJIOUNAITE E. & ALAHUHTA P., ‘The illusion of security’, Communications of the ACM, March 2008, Vol. 51, No 3, 57-63

GUTWIRTH S., ‘Biometrics between opacity and transparency’, Annals of the Italian National Institute of Health (Ann Ist Super Sanita, 2007, Vol. 43, No.1, 61-65.


Doctorate in law, Waargeidsaanspraken in recht en wetenschappen (Truth claims in
law and sciences), 15 December 1992, Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Faculty of Law,
summa cum laude
Master in criminology, Vrije Universiteit Brussel, 12 January 1985, Faculty of Law,
magna cum laude.
Postgraduate master in technology and science development, Vrije Universiteit Brussel,
Faculty of Applied Sciences, 13 July 1990, magna cum laude.


Dutch, French and English.


After consecutively being a predoctoral researcher, an assistant and a postdoctoral - assistant, in 1994 Serge Gutwirth was appointed as a full time lecturer (‘docent’) at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel where he has been teaching ‘Legal methodology’, ‘International Protection of Human Rights’, ‘Legal Theory’ and ‘Introduction to the major legal systems’. Since 1994 he also holds a part-time position of lecturer at the Faculty of law of the Erasmus University Rotterdam where he teaches ‘Philosophy of law’. He has amongst others been a Visiting Professor at the University of Ghana (Legon, Accra), the European Academy of Legal Theory (Brussels) and the University of Georgia (Athens, USA). Since October 2003 Gutwirth is holder of a research fellowship in the framework of the VUB-Research contingent for his project ‘Sciences and the democratic constitutional state: a mutual transformation process’. During this period (which lasts until September 2013) teaching at the VUB is limited to one course ‘Introduction à la recherche scientifique en droit’ .