Serge Gutwirth

Professor of Human Rights, Comparative Law, Legal Theory and Methodology

Professors Law, Science, Technology & Society (LSTS)
  • Current position Professor of Human Rights, Comparative Law, Legal Theory and Methodology
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Serge Gutwirth (1960) is currently full professor of Human Rights, Comparative law, Legal Theory and Methodology at the Faculty of Law and Criminology of the Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB), where he studied law, criminology and also obtained a post-graduate degree in technology and science studies. He defended his PhD in law on the relationships between law and sciences on December 15, 1992. From 1994 until 2009 he also held a part-time position of lecturer at the Faculty of Law of the Erasmus University Rotterdam where he was in charge of the coordination of research and taught 'Philosophy of law'.

Since October 2003 Gutwirth is the holder of a ten-year research fellowship in the framework of the VUB Research Contingent for his project Sciences and the democratic constitutional state: a mutual transformation process. He founded and chaired the VUB Research group on human rights (HUMR/FRC) until 2003, the year in which he founded LSTS, which he still leads.

His interests include privacy and data protection and more generically, the role of law amongst other practices such as science, technology, politics and ethics. In addition Gutwirth does research in the field of theory of criminal law and in human rights.

Gutwirth has been (co-)promotor of numerous research projects at European, national and subnational level (FP6, FP7, IUAP, FWO, IWT-SBO, ...). He (co-)authored five books, was the (co-)editor of 13 edited volumes and has published numerous articles in Dutch, French and English. He is and has been a member of several editorial boards of scientific journals.

Gutwirth has been awarded the J. Segers Prize in criminology (1985) by the VUB and the IBM-Belgium prize for computer science (1994) by the Belgian National Fund for Scientific Research (NFWO). At the Faculty of Law of the Erasmus Universiteit Rotterdam he always obtained the Sanders qualification.

Previous education

Serge Gutwirth studied law, criminology and also obtained a post-graduate degree in technology and science studies. He defended his PhD in law at the VUB on the relationships between law and sciences in 1992.

Previous positions

Next to his position at the VUB, from 1994 until 2009 Gutwirth also held a part-time position of lecturer at the Faculty of Law of the Erasmus University Rotterdam where he was in charge of the coordination of research and taught 'Philosophy of law'. He has been a Visiting Professor at the University of Ghana (Legon, Accra), the European Academy of Legal Theory (Brussels) and the University of Georgia (Athens, USA).

Serge Gutwirth (1960) is currently full professor of Human Rights, Comparative law, Legal Theory and Methodology at the Faculty of Law and Criminology of the Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB), where he studied law, criminology and also obtained a post-graduate degree in technology and science studies. He defended his PhD in law on the relationships between law and sciences on December 15, 1992. From 1994 until 2009 he also held a part-time position of lecturer at the Faculty of Law of the Erasmus University Rotterdam where he was in charge of the coordination of research and taught 'Philosophy of law'.

Since October 2003 Gutwirth is the holder of a ten-year research fellowship in the framework of the VUB Research Contingent for his project Sciences and the democratic constitutional state: a mutual transformation process. He founded and chaired the VUB Research group on human rights (HUMR/FRC) until 2003, the year in which he founded LSTS, which he still leads.

His interests include privacy and data protection and more generically, the role of law amongst other practices such as science, technology, politics and ethics. In addition Gutwirth does research in the field of theory of criminal law and in human rights.

Gutwirth has been (co-)promotor of numerous research projects at European, national and subnational level (FP6, FP7, IUAP, FWO, IWT-SBO, ...). He (co-)authored five books, was the (co-)editor of 13 edited volumes and has published numerous articles in Dutch, French and English. He is and has been a member of several editorial boards of scientific journals.

Gutwirth has been awarded the J. Segers Prize in criminology (1985) by the VUB and the IBM-Belgium prize for computer science (1994) by the Belgian National Fund for Scientific Research (NFWO). At the Faculty of Law of the Erasmus Universiteit Rotterdam he always obtained the Sanders qualification.

Key publications

GUTWIRTH, S. & J. CHRISTIAENS, (2015) ‘Les sciences et leurs problèmes : la fraude scientifique, un moyen de diversion ?’, Droit en contexte. Revue Interdisciplinaire d’Etudes Juridiques, 74, 21-49 

GUTWIRTH, S. (2014) “Bouleversement climatique : penser ce qui vient avec Bruno Latour”, Chronique : Théorie de droit, Revue Juridique de l’Environnement (RJE), 1, 45-50

GUTWIRTH S., DE HERT P. & DE SUTTER L. (2008), ‘The trouble with technology regulation from a legal perspective. Why Lessig’s ‘optimal mix’ will not work’ in BROWNSWORD R. & YEUNG K., Regulating Technologies, Oxford, Hart Publishers, 193-218

GUTWIRTH, S. (2002) Privacy and the information age, Lanham/Boulder/New York/Oxford, Rowman & Littlefield Publ., 158 p.