On 25 January, the wonderful Dutch online magazine ‘De Correspondent’ published a long interview on my book ‘Securing Private Communications’. The interview digs in deep on several fundamental changes in the governance of the European Union with the (from a constitutional perspective) recent adoption of the EU Charter of Fundamental Rights and wider mandate of the EU Court of Justice. Even if politics are turbulent these days, I believe the EU is becoming a more complete Union, that is (finally) constitutionally designed to protect the privacy and cybersecurity of EU citizens. A strong judiciary is badly needed in times of populism. Read the entire interview, alas only in Dutch, here.
So there is a life after graduation?! I’m very happy to announce that I’ve joined law firm De Brauw, Blackstone & Westbroek as of 1 December 2015. I’ve hit the ground running in the Data & Tech Group, and I have to say working at De Brauw so far has exceeded my expectations. It’s pretty fantastic. There’s a short news report about my move here. In addition, I’m happy that I’ll continue as an affiliate researcher at my academic main base, the Institute for Information Law at University of Amsterdam. I’m also maintaining this blog and my monthly column for the Dutch Financial Times.
On 25 November, I defended my thesis and obtained my degree as a doctor in law during a public ceremony in the University of Amsterdam church aula. And a ceremony it was: a rather dramatic affair, complete with magic wands, fake candles, druid robes, hobbit-hats and sciency spells – all set in holy surroundings. I couldn’t have imagined a more suitable finale to the innings. Here are some pics and the slides of my introductory talk. Thanks to my Committee and all of you for being there in spirit, or in the flesh. You’ve all made this a finale I’ll always remember fondly. Continue reading Ph.D. Defense: Pics, Slides ‘n’ Thanks→