Automated Compliance and the GDPR
Deadline 31 January 2020

The Law, Science, Technology & Society (LSTS) Research Group, together with the COHUBICOL ERC research project has an opening for a PhD student in legal theory and ‘by design’ approaches to legal protection.

The PhD candidate will work from April 2020 - April 2024 on the SRP project Articulating Law, Technology, Ethics and Politics: Issues of Enforcement and Jurisdiction of EU Data Protection Law under and beyond the General Data Protection Regulation (ALTEP-DP).

The project inquires into the continuously evolving articulations of law, technology, ethics and politics and their interaction. EU data protection law is taken as a starting point, more concretely the landscape delineated by the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). This forms the common focus of three intersecting Research Lines (RL), and a transversal RL: RL1 on Automated compliance with the GDPR; RL2 on Elucidating and delivering data protection across borders; RL3 on The Ethification of Privacy and Data Protection; and RL4 on Transformations of the relations between law, politics, ethics and technology. The candidate will contribute primarily to the RL1, but also to the intersecting RL4.

Applicants are requested to submit a short research proposal connected to the themes of RL1, focusing upon how automated compliance could contribute to the legal protection of data subjects, taking into account that such automation could also preclude legal protection (e.g. of controllers or processors, but potentially also of data subjects).

One of the core questions will be to what extent, and under what conditions, compliance by design should be qualified as ‘legal by design’ or as ‘legal protection by design’.

Please check the website of COHUBICOL and the pdf on the ALTEP-DP project.

Candidates can connect with Prof. M. Hildebrandt for further information on the content.

To apply, visit the website of LSTS, which provides detailed information on requirements and on how to prepare your application. See the full vacancy here.