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Research team

Jeanne Mifsud Bonnici
Jeanne Mifsud Bonnici

Jeanne Mifsud Bonnici is Professor in European Technology Law and Human Rights - RFF

Joe Cannataci
Joe Cannataci

Joe Cannataci  Joe Cannataci co-founded and is Co-director of STeP where he is Full Professor, holding the Chair of European Information Policy & Technology Law and largely focuses on externally funded collaborative research projects and the supervision of PhD students. He is the first ever UN Special Rapporteur on Privacy and is also head of the Department of Information Policy & Governance at the University of Malta. A Fellow of the British Computer Society (FBCS) and UK Chartered Information Technology Professional (CITP), his law background meets his techie side as a Senior Fellow and Associate Researcher at the CNAM Security-Defense-Intelligence Department in Paris, France.

Hans Vedder
Hans Vedder

Hans Vedder is Professor of Economic Law specialising in competition law and the law on the regulation of energy and telecommunications markets. His research interests concern the interaction between technology and economic law, for instance in the creation of smart grids that integrate IT and energy networks and change the position of market actors. The application of the competition rules to 'Big Tech' and the interaction between information technology / digital markets and competition law more generally features prominently in his teaching and research. Hans supervises several PhD students in this field.

Jonida Milaj Weishaar
Jonida Milaj Weishaar

Jonida Milaj Weishaar is Assistant Proffesor and a member of the STeP research group since 2012. Her main research focus is on the challenges that technology creates for the protection of fundamental rights of individuals. Jonida completed her legal education at the University of Padua in Italy (Dottore in Giurisprudenza) and obtained an advanced LLM degree in European, International and Comparative Law from Maastricht University. She defended her PhD thesis in Groningen focusing on the challenges that law enforcement surveillance of individuals with every day technology creates for the protection of the right to privacy.

She is a trained lawyer (Avokat) and has previously worked as legal adviser at the Parliament of the Republic of Albania and as lecturer of European law at the University of Maastricht (the Netherlands) and the University of Hasselt (Belgium). Jonida currently teaches various subjects in the area of Technology Law at the University of Groningen and has been a visiting researcher at the Central University of Political Science and Law in Beijing. As a member of the STeP team Jonida is involved with the H2020 projects MIRROR and KnowGraphs.

Mando Rachovitsa is Assistant Professor

Nynke Vellinga
Nynke Vellinga

Nynke Vellinga is a postdoc researcher involved in the Cybersecurity Noord Nederland project, for which she explores the legal framework for cybersecurity in automated vehicles. In addition, Nynke participates in the ITU Focus Group on AI for autonomous and assisted driving.

Carola Onderdelinden
Carola Onderdelinden

Carola Onderdelinden studied Criminology at Griffith University in Brisbane, Australia. Before that she was a police officer in the Dutch Police Force. She is a member of  STeP, the ‘Security, Technology and e-Privacy Research Group. After participating in CITYCoP, Carola is currently involved in ARMOUR and TREIO, all projects of the STeP team.

Mattis van 't Schip
Mattis van 't Schip

Mattis van 't Schip is a junior researcher (LL.M.) at STeP where he currently works in the Horizon 2020-MIRROR project (h2020mirror.eu). His research broadly focuses on privacy and data protection law, but his specified interest is in the implications of the increased use of technology by the European Union in its migration strategies. His current research uses concepts such as data justice and dataveillance to frame this technological agenda in a broad legal, social, and ethical context.

Melania Tudorica
Melania Tudorica

Melania Tudorica is a Researcher and member of the STeP Research Group since 2012. Her main research focus is on data protection and technology challenges in the areas of health and electronic evidence in criminal investigations. She will defend her PhD - "Data protection of cross-border health data flows - Mapping health data across borders: Can confidentiality and data protection obligations of health data be preserved across EU borders and beyond?" - in 2021. She has worked on various EU funded FP7/Horizon2020 projects, such as SMART, RESPECT, EVIDENCE and E-CRIME and is currently working on INSPECTr and TREIO. Melania holds an LLM degree in International and European Law from the University of Groningen

Efstratios Koulierakis
Efstratios Koulierakis

Efstratios Koulierakis is doing PhD research on data protection. He examines the obligation of compliance by design and by default, with the General Data Protection Regulation (article 25 GDPR). His research focuses on knowledge graph applications. Knowledge graphs are a method of knowledge representation, with multiple applications in the domain of information technology. His research is part of the KnowGraphs research project. KnowGraphs examines knowledge graph applications, through a multi-disciplinary approach.

Gerard Ritsema van Eck
Gerard Ritsema van Eck

Gerard Ritsema van Eck work focuses on participatory surveillance, privacy, and data protection issues in public spaces. His research is highly transdiscplinary, crossing over between the legal and surveillance studies.

Ida Varosanec
Ida Varosanec

Ida Varosanec is a PhD researcher at the Faculty of Law of the University of Groningen. She is seeking for ways to reconcile opposing public and private interests in the context of artificial intelligence. Specifically, she is working on the facilitation of co-existence between transparency and intellectual property rights in the upcoming European regulatory framework for AI.

Jessica Hof
Jessica Hof

Jessica Hof works as lecturer and researcher at the Hanze University of Applied Sciences Groningen. Since the first of September 2020 she has been starting her external PhD-project in close collaboration with de University of Groningen as part of the Cybersecurity project Northern Netherlands.

Her PhD-project is targeting the design process of eHealth applications. The central research question is formulated as follows: ‘In which way can the values of the legislator, purchaser, developer and (end)users be guaranteed in respect of the accessibility and protection of personal data in the design process of eHealth applications?’.

Karen Mohan
Karen Mohan

Karen Mohan is a PhD researcher

Lauren Elrik
Lauren Elrik

Lauren Elrick is a PhD researcher within the STeP Research Group. Her research focuses on how personal information is used within border security, particularly in light of the increasing presence of digital technologies in this area. Through promoting a holistic approach based upon the concept of an ecosystem, she considers how the commonly seen as competing aims of protecting privacy and ensuring security can both be achieved. In doing so, her work takes an interdisciplinary focus, considering issues from both the legal perspective, and that of security studies.

She is dually enrolled as a PhD candidate within the Faculty of Law of the University of Groningen and the Doctoral School of Intelligence and National Security at the 'Mihai Viteazul' National Intelligence Academy, Romania. Her research is conducted as part of the ESSENTIAL Project ( 'Evolving Security SciencE through Networked Technologies, Information policy And Law').

Marcu Florea
Marcu Florea

Marcu Florea is currently working as a PhD researcher on the topic of informed consent in personal-health-related knowledge graph. His research is part of KnowGraphs, a project funded under the EU Research Framework Program Horizon 2020 / Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions, which aims to scale knowledge graphs, making them accessible to a wide audience of companies of all sizes.

Margaret Warthon
Margaret Warthon

Margaret Warthon is a doctoral researcher at the University of Groningen. She graduated as a lawyer from the Pontifical Catholic University of Peru and obtained her LL.M. degree in Intellectual Property Law at the University of Göttingen. Prior to starting her PhD studies, Margaret did her training at CEIPI and CiTiP at the University of Strasbourg and KU Leuven, respectively. Her research explores the implications of the GDPR on the design of biometric algorithms. Her current research interests focus on data protection; biometrics, XAI; algorithmic surveillance and emotion detection.

Merve Bas Sayyar
Merve Bas Sayyar

Merve Bas Sayyar is a PhD candidate at the University of Groningen and the Norwegian University of Science and Technology. She is involved in the ESSENTIAL Project. Her PhD research lies at the intersection of privacy, digital forensics, and big data. Main objective of her PhD is to promote the discussion on how to detect and limit privacy exposures during large-scale digital investigations. She is currently working at the Netherlands Forensics Institute as a trainee.

Monique Kalsi
Monique Kalsi

Monique Kalsi is a PhD researcher focusing on the application of data protection by design and by default obligations resulting under article 25 of the General Data Protection Regulation to biometric technologies. Her research also analyzes if the legal requirements of the data protection by design and by default approach can influence the development of new generation of biometric technologies and improve their acceptability in society. Her Ph.D. is a part of the TReSPAsS-ETN (Training in Secure and Privacy-Preserving Biometrics) project.

Peter van de Waerdt
Peter van de Waerdt

Peter van de Waerdt is a PhD researcher focussing on the relations between data protection law and competition law. Since the business model of many online companies revolves around the collection and monetization of personal data, it is becoming increasingly important to look at data protection and competition as a coherent whole. How does a large dataset contribute to a powerful position on the market, and what are the effects of market dominance on the privacy of consumers? His current research revolves around the concept of "data ecosystems": large digital conglomerates such as Google and Facebook, which have become almost impossible to avoid. How should competition law and data protection law be applied to this new type of company?

Radina Stoykova
Radina Stoykova

Radina Stoykova is a PhD candidate at the University of Groningen and the Norwegian University of Science and Technology. Her research is related to novel application of fair-trial safeguards in digital investigations. She is focusing on reliability assurance in the design of digital forensics tools, methods, and processes and procedural accuracy standards in the use of technology for law enforcement purposes.

Support Staff

Erika Chorén Iglesias
Erika Chorén Iglesias

Erika Chorén Iglesias is Project Assistant and supports the management and coordination of the activities of the research partners to ensure timely and effective delivery of the projects objectives, deliverables, and milestones.

Student Assistant

Anna Helena Marquez Daly
Anna Helena Marquez Daly

Anna Helena Marquez Daly is a Master student, who is also a research assistant at STeP. She contributes to several projects by researching several pieces of legislation, as well as doing some literature review for various topics.

Associates

Aaron Ceross is finishing the DPhil in Computer Science at the University of Oxford, using computational methods of legal analysis, focusing on regulation of privacy and data protection. The work makes use of statistics, natural language processing, and automated reasoning. He is currently also working as a post-doctoral research associate in the Natural Interaction Lab in the Department of Engineering at Oxford.

Kaiser
Kaiser

Carolin Kaiser is Senior Inspector at the Dutch data protection authority, working on international transfers of personal data in general and on financial data in particular. She has completed and defended her PhD research on privacy and identity issues in financial transactions in 2018.

Catherine Jasserand
Catherine Jasserand

Catherine Jasserand (-Breeman) defended her PhD on the ‘reprocessing of biometric data for law enforcement purposes’, research project that she carried out at STeP, under the supervision of Prof. Jeanne Mifsud Bonnici. She also worked on the EU-FP7 project ‘INGRESS’ (development of new generations of fingerprint sensors). She received a Marie Curie individual grant to pursue her own research on facial recognition at KU Leuven under the supervision of Prof. Els Kindt. She joined KU Leuven in September 2020.

Evgeni Moyakine
Evgeni Moyakine

Evgeni Moyakine is an Assistant Professor at the Section IT Law and a member of the STeP Research Group, Evgeni has been dealing with various issues in the field of inter alia IT law, privacy and data protection, has been extensively involved in a wide spectrum of teaching and supervision activities and has been participating in different research projects. He is a member of several committees, including the Research Ethics Review Committee (CETOR) and the Expertise Group Information Technology (EI).

Frank Pace
Frank Pace

Frank Pace is a EU Law Enforcement Specialist. He currently holds a position with the University of Hawaii, Office of the Vice President for Community Colleges, where he advises administration officials and ensures compliance of United States Civil Rights protections afforded under Title IX. Frank also remains connected to the international law enforcement community, as a member of the INTERPOL Digital Forensics Expert Working Group and advisor to law enforcement officials in the United and the European Union.

Saleh Al-Sharieh (LLB; MA; LLM in Law & Tech; LLD) is an Assistant Professor of Private Law at the UAEU College of Law. His research focuses on innovation regulation, intellectual property law, data protection, and comparative law.

Shara Monteleone is a Policy analist at European Parliament, and collaborates as a member of advisory/ethics boards for STeP projects.

Trix Mulder
Trix Mulder

Trix Mulder is a PhD

Veli Kaplan
Veli Kaplan

Veli Kaplan is a PhD student at the University of Groningen since 2017 and his research has focused on "cost effectiveness in cyber related law enforcement and intelligence operations". In project, funded by the European Union (Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation Programme under the Marie Skłodowska-Curie Grant Agreement No. 722482), he seeks to identify the properties of cybercrimes, current legal framework and their cost impacts on law enforcement. Under the supervision of Prof Joe Cannataci and Prof Hans Vedder, he aims to establish the model for a cost-effective law enforcement, including prevention and investigation, as well as intelligence. Veli has BA degrees in Law Enforcement and Economics from Turkish National Police Academy and Ankara University, respectively. He continued his academic career in the UK with MSc Economics (University of Exeter), LLM Master of Law (University of Exeter), and MA by Research Law (University of Leeds). Before joining to the University of Groningen, Veli worked for Ministry of Interior, Turkey as a Chief Inspector.

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