Christopher Barth Kuner

Christopher Barth Kuner

Affiliate Professor, Professor

Member of:


    Affiliated Professor of Data Protection Law, University of Copenhagen, 2022-Present

    Senior Fellow, Future of Privacy Forum, March 2023-Present

    Senior Privacy Counsel, Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati, Brussels, 2012-Present

    Visiting Fellow, Maastricht European Centre on Privacy and Cybersecurity, Maastricht University, 2018-Present

    Founder and Co-Director, Brussels Privacy Research Hub, Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB), Brussels, October 2014-June 2023

    Professor of Law, Interdisciplinary Research Group on Law Science Technology & Society (LSTS), Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB), Brussels, July 2015-June 2023

    Member of the International Law Association (ILA)
    Committee on the Protection of Privacy in Private International and Procedural Law, 2015-2022

    Honorary Affiliated Professor, Department of Law, University of Copenhagen, 2013-2018

    Associated assistant professor, University of Copenhagen, 2010-2013

    Affiliated Lecturer, Faculty of Law, University of Cambridge, 2012-2017

    Partner, Hunton & Williams, Brussels, 2002-2012

    Of Counsel, Morrison & Foerster, Brussels, 1998-2002

    Associate, Gleiss Lutz, Frankfurt, 1993-1998


    Tilburg Law School, Tilburg, The Netherlands, PhD in data protection law, 2013

    New York University School of Law, LL.M. in International Legal Studies, 1991

    Study at Law Faculty of Cologne University, Germany, 1985

    J.D., Notre Dame Law School, Notre Dame, Indiana USA, 1984

    B.A. cum laude, Lawrence University, Appleton, Wisconsin USA, 1980

    Other positions, activities and honors

    Member of the European Commission Multisectoral Stakeholder Expert Group to Support the Application of the EU General Data Protection Regulation (EU) 2016/679, 2017-Present

    Visiting Fellow, Chuo University Law School, Tokyo, Japan, July 2019 and November 2022

    Visiting Fellow, Department of Law, European University Institute, Florence, Italy, January-April 2019

    Visiting Professor, Chuo University Law School, Tokyo, Japan, November 2017

    Visiting Professor, Department of Law, London School of Economics and Political Science, London, UK, 2015-2018

    Lecturer, Academy of European Law, European University Institute (EUI), Florence, Italy, July 2016
    Lecturer, Hague Academy of International Law, special course on “Data protection law and international commercial arbitration” (with Daniel Cooper), summer 2015
    Awarded the "Best Consumer Supporter" award and medal by the Consumer Affairs Agency of the government of Japan, for services to Japanese consumers and promotion of EU data protection law in Japan, June 2015

    Visiting Fellow, Department of Law, London School of Economics and Political Science, March 2014

    Visiting Fellow, Centre for European Legal Studies and Wolfson College, University of Cambridge, April 2012-July 2012

    Visiting Researcher, Tilburg Institute for Law, Technology, and Society of Tilburg University (The Netherlands), 2010-2013

    Visiting Fellow, Oxford Internet Institute, University of Oxford, UK,    June-July 2009

    External lecturer, Vienna University of Economics and Business Administration (Wirtschaftsuniversität), Vienna, Austria, 2004-May 2011

    Consultant to the OECD on data protection legal issues of transborder data flows, 2010-2011

    Editor-in-chief, International Data Privacy Law (Oxford University Press), 2010-Present

    Named by The Burton Foundation as “One of the Best Law Firm Writers of 2010”

    Member, Steering Committee, 32nd International Conference of Data Protection and Privacy Commissioners, Jerusalem, 27-29 October 2010

    Visiting fellow at the Oxford Internet Institute, Oxford University, 2009

    Member of the academic advisory board of the “Deutsche Gesellschaft für Datenschutz und Datensicherheit” (German Society for Data Protection and Data Security), Bonn, 2006-Present

    Chairman, European Privacy Officers Forum (EPOF), 2002-2012

    Chairman, Data Protection Task Force of the International Chamberof commerce (ICC), Paris, 1999-2012

    Member of the ICC delegation to the Council of Europe Consultative Committee of the Convention for the Protection of Individuals with Regard to Automatic Processing of Personal Data, 1999-2010

    Member of the ICC delegation to the Electronic Commerce Working Group of the United Nations Commission on International Trade Law (UNCITRAL), 1998-2005


    English and German (native), Russian (intermediate), Italian (basic), French (basic)

    Bar admissions

    B-list, Brussels Bar

    New York Bar (1991)





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