Position for full time ICT law professor at KU Leuven


KU Leuven has opened a position for a full time professor ICT law at ICRI (starting 1 October 2013).

Deadline for applications is 14th March 2013.

Please find here the relevant information: https://icts.kuleuven.be/apps/jobsite/vacatures/52407197?lang=en

The Faculty of Law invites applications for a fulltime position as a member of the Senior Academic Staff in the field of ICT law within the Interdisciplinary Centre for Law & ICT (ICRI:http://www.law.kuleuven.be/icri), a research Centre of the Faculty of Law of KU Leuven.
ICRI performs research on legal issues related to the digital society, in particular in the fields of competition law in the ICT market, regulation of electronic communications networks and services, regulation of audiovisual media and of information society services, electronic commerce, information security, digital evidence, intellectual rights protection in the digital environment, privacy and personal data protection and cybercrime. With a group of 20-25 junior and senior legal researchers it participates in various interdisciplinary projects on the EU (currently FP7), national and regional level. ICRI belongs to the Security Department of iMinds (http://www.iminds.be) (formerly IBBT).and to the Leuven Center for Information and Communication Technology (LICT: www.kuleuven.be/lict) It coordinates the Belgian Cybercrime Centre for Excellence for Training, Research & Education (B-CCentre: http://www.b-ccentre.be) and participates in the Policy Research Centre on Media (Steunpunt Media) and the Policy Research Centre on Media Literacy (Steunpunt Mediawijsheid) funded by the Flemish Government.
ICRI is committed to contribute to an adequate regulatory and policy framework for the upcoming digital society. Its research is focused on the design of innovative legal solutions and it is characterized by its intra- and interdisciplinary approach, constantly aspiring cross-fertilization between legal, technical, economic and socio-cultural perspectives. By conducting both applied and fundamental legal research in a spirit of academic freedom and freedom of inquiry, ICRI aspires to a place among the centres of excellence in the area of law & ICT in Europe and beyond.
Based on its extensive research expertise, ICRI provides specialized education programmes and courses in Dutch and English, such as the specialized Master (LL.M.) in IP / ICT Law, organized on the Brussels KU Leuven campus (http://www.law.kuleuven.be/icri/psiml/)
The assignment consists of teaching in an academic context, scientific research and additional duties of an academic nature, along with those to the wider society.



The appointment comprises research in the field of ICT law on an international and at an advanced level. The candidate must have a strong research record, so that he/she can contribute to the quality and charisma of the Faculty of Law. Part of the appointed candidate’s assignment will be to develop -in cooperation with the other researchers and members of the Faculty, and in particular with the Interdisciplinary Centre for Law & ICT, an international and competitive research programme, and to strive for excellent scientific results. The supervision of PhDs will also be part of his/her range of duties. The candidate is expected to add a proposal for a medium-term research programme in ICT law to his/her application file.


It is expected of the candidate that his/her teaching meet the requirements concerning the standard, orientation and academic character demanded of academic programmes of study. The commitment of the candidate to the quality of the academic programmes as a whole, is considered self-evident. Furthermore, he/she will organize seminars for smaller groups in Leuven, will provide the individual supervision of master’s theses and will allot ample time to the education of PhD students.


It is expected of the candidate that he/she be willing to contribute to the services the university provides to the community, and that he/she should also be willing, in the long term, to accept policy functions at the faculty. The candidate will also be at the disposal of the government, the society and the press for the provision of scientific services and information.


The candidate must hold the degree of Doctor in Law acquired after writing a dissertation. The candidate must show that he/she achieved excellent results during his/her studies and can present outstanding research results. He/she must have experience in cooperating with different disciplines and have a strong affinity with digital information and communication technologies.

The candidate has international work or study experience. He/she can demonstrate a broad and experienced knowledge of ICT law, in particular in several of the following areas: competition law applied to the ICT market, regulation of electronic communications networks and services, regulation of audiovisual media and of information society services, electronic commerce law, information security law, digital evidence law, intellectual rights protection in the digital environment, privacy and personal data protection and legal issues related to cybercrime His/her list of publications is also required to show a commitment to international research concerning ICT law.

The candidate should preferably have experience with research in international, interdisciplinary teams and a proven experience in team management. He/she is well embedded in international academic networks. He/she is flexible, proactive, and able to work both independently and as a strong team-player. A thorough perspective on and the capacity to acquire external funding is absolutely required.

The candidate should have experience with teaching in an academic context and he/she must also possess demonstrable didactic skills. He/she must have mastered the techniques necessary to test the knowledge and skills of large groups. Experience with research-based education is an asset.

The candidate who is appointed also needs to have the social, organizational and executive skills that are necessary to work amicably and flexibly in the teams within the faculty, the research unit and the research group. He/she has highly developed interpersonal and communicative skills and a proven experience in public speaking.

The candidate must be very proficient in English and Dutch, and preferably in several other languages as well. Candidates who do not speak Dutch will be expected to have achieved sufficient mastery of the language after three years, so that they can provide education in Dutch properly. The candidate is expected to have the willingness to relocate to the Leuven area, if necessary, and fully integrate in the Interdisciplinary Centre for Law & ICT with time to assume positions of leadership in education, research and management.


We can offer you a dynamic and international research environment. The Faculty has a large national and international network, which is comprised of both academics and legal professionals, at its disposal.
The appointment will be made at one of the levels of the autonomous academic staff system (a tenured track with an evaluation after five years at the level of assistant professor, associate professor or professor), depending on your qualifications.


For more information please contact Prof. dr. Bernard Tilleman, tel.: +3216325334, mail: bernard.tilleman@law.kuleuven.be.
For problems with online applying, please contact Mrs. Valerie Vander Borght, tel.: +32 16 3 28325, mail: valerie.vanderborght@kuleuven.be.

You can apply for this job no later than March 14, 2013 via the

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