Merel Koning

Democracy and Human Rights in the Data-driven Society



Merel Koning is a PhD-Candidate at the Privacy & Identity Lab (PI.Lab). She is specialized in human rights law and technology. Her research focus is on transnational private to public personal data transfers in the field of law enforcement for surveillance purposes. Merel has a legal background but currently works at the Digital Security Research Group of the Institute of Computing and Information Sciences (ICIS) of the Radboud University Nijmegen in the Netherlands. In 2015 she was a Visiting Legal Scholar at Columbia Law School in New York. She publishes  interdisciplinary  papers and articles on data protection, privacy, freedom of speech, cybercrime, online policing, public-private partnership, jurisdiction, privacy enhanced technologies and identity management. Merel presented papers at international legal, STS and computer science conferences, including CPDP Brussels, HotPets Amsterdam, IDP Barcelona and 4S Annual Conference San Diego. She is a frequently invited speaker, panelist and expert at events and round table discussions of (semi) governmental and non-governmental bodies, including the Dutch Ministry of Justice and Security, Europol, Amnesty International and the Netherlands Committee of Jurists for Human Rights.


Merel is involved in the organisation and teaching the courses Law in Cyberspace in the TRU/e Master in Cyber Security and Recht voor Informatici in the bachelor Informatica.
She is availlable for brainstorming master thesis research questions with Master students from all universities and faculties (in particular law and computer science) who want to write a thesis on democracy and human rights in the data-driven society.


M.E. (Merel) Koning LLM
Phone (direct) +31 24 3652217 (email contact is preferred
Email m.koning [the usual]
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Faculty of Science
Toernooiveld 212
6525 EC  Nijmegen


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