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People Professor Douwe Korff

Oxford Martin Associate, The Global Cyber Security Capacity Centre


Emeritus professor, London Metropolitan University

Douwe Korff is a Dutch comparative and international lawyer, and a specialist in human rights and data protection. Following academic research at the European University Institute and at the Max Planck Institutes for comparative and international criminal- and public law, he taught at the University of Maastricht in the Netherlands, the University of Essex in the UK and was Professor of International Law at London Metropolitan University where he is now emeritus professor. He is still a visiting professor at the Universities of Zagreb and Rijeka in Croatia, and a Visiting Fellow at Yale University, in its Information Society Project. Recently, Douwe Korff has worked extensively on the mass surveillance issues revealed by Edward Snowden, including drafting the EDRi/FREE submission to European and U.S. institutions, and giving expert evidence to the enquiries into surveillance of the European Parliament, the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe, and the German Bundestag.

He is also a member of the Advisory Council of the Foundation for Information Policy Research, FIPR, the leading think tank on information policy issues in the UK, and works closely with civil liberty organisations such as Liberty, Justice (the UK branch of the International Commission of Jurists), Statewatch, Privacy International, EDRi, FREE and others.