Privacy and Data Protection

Over 40 years of expertise and experience in Privacy and Data Protection

The P&DP Sub-Unit continues and develops the research initiated in 1979 by the CRID in the field of Privacy and Data Protection.

It gathers all the members of the LIS Department who are working on Privacy and Data Protection Rules in all the sectors of human activities (public services and administration, healthcare, scientific research, law enforcement, insurance, banking, etc.) - as these sectors were progressively impacted by new technologies (Big Data, datamining, cloud computing, machine learning or AI, etc.) and through various themes (such as adequacy decisions, transfer of personal data outside Europe, data protection authorities, e-government, smart cities, e-health, e-archiving, CCTV, profiling, surveillance or cloud computing services).

The members of the P&DP Sub-Unit have authored hundreds of scientific publications and some are experts at the Council of Europe, the European Commission, the European Parliament, International Telecommunication Union (IUT), public or private bodies or authorities, governments and parliaments, in Belgium or abroad. They also take part to research project at the international, European and national levels (ex. H2020 projets such as TESLA, PROTECT, INSPEX, SPARTA, DENiM).

Head of Unit


  • Noémi Bontridder
  • Jean-Noël Colin
  • Cécile de Terwangne
  • Elise Degrave
  • Antoine Delforge
  • Sophie Everarts de Velp
  • Florian Jacques
  • Manon Knockaert
  • Amélie Lachapelle
  • Pauline Limbree
  • Michael Lognoul
  • Alejandra Michel
  • Julie Mont
  • Thomas Tombal
  • Yves Poullet
  • Jean-Marc Van Gyseghem

Latest publications

S. PARSA, J.-M. VAN GYSEGHEM, « Le Covid face au droit de la protection des données, bien au-delà de la protection de la vie privée», La pandémie de Covid-19 face au droit volume 2 : analyse et perspective d'une crise et de ses lendemains, Limal, Anthemis, 2022, pp. 297-358.

S. PARSA, J.-M. VAN GYSEGHEM, « Surveillance de masse, liberté publique et état d'exception », État de droit, état d'exception et libertés publiques, Limal, Anthemis, 2022, pp. 89-147.

T. ESPEEL, E. COLSON, A. CRUQUENAIRE, « International data transfers under GDPR : applicable requirements and practical implementation », D.A.O.R., 2022, n°141, pp. 19-41.

E. DEGRAVE, «Traçage, fichage, profilage : la vie privée touchée par le Covid», Le droit public belge face à la crise du Covid-19 : quelles leçons pour l’avenir ? , Bruxelles, Larcier, 2022, pp. 785-805.

J.-M. VAN GYSEGHEM, «Fundamental rights and the use of artificial intelligence in Court», The Cambridge handbook of lawyering in the digital age, , Cambridge, Cambridge University Press, 2021, pp.257-271.

Lachapelle, A., "Data Protection Enforcement in the Era of the Directive on Whistleblowers: Towards a Collective Approach?" in Research handbook on EU data protection (E. Kosta & R. Leenes, eds), Edward Elgar Publishing, 2022, sous presse

Tombal, T., Imposing Data Sharing Among Private Actors: A Tale of Evolving Balances, Alphen aan den Rijn, Wolters Kluwer (Innovation Law Series n° 48), 2022.

Lachapelle, A.,"Le rôle du DPO dans la mise en œuvre de la directive sur les lanceurs d'alerte", DPO News, 2021, n° 14, pp. 12-16

Tombal, T., "The rationale for compulsory B2B data sharing and its underlying balancing exercices", R.D.T.I., 2021/3, n°84, p. 5-26.

Tombal, T., "The GDPR: A Shield to a Competition Authority's Data Sharing Remedy?", Deep Diving into Data Protection, J. Herveg (coord.), Bruxelles, Larcier, 2021, p. 67-94.

Key publications


Herveg, J. (ed.), Deep diving into data protection. 1979-2019 : Celebrating 40 years of research on privacy and data protection at the CRIDS, Bruxelles, Larcier, Collection du CRIDS, n° 51, 2021, 480 p.

Lachapelle, A., La dénonciation à l’ère des lanceurs d’alerte fiscale : de la complaisance à la vigilance, coll. du CRIDS, Bruxelles, Larcier, 2021, 1280 p.

Jacquemin, H. (ed.), Le Règlement général sur la protection des données (R.G.P.D./G.D.P.R.). Premières applications et analyse sectorielle, Liège, Anthemis, Commission Université-Palais, n° 195, 2020.

de Terwangne, C., Degrave, E., Delforge, A. & Gerard, L., La protection des données à caractère personnel en Belgique. Manuel de base, Bruxelles, Politeia, 2019.

de Terwangne, C., Rosier, K. (dir.), Le règlement général sur la protection des données (RGPD/GDPR) - Analyse approfondie, Bruxelles, Larcier, Collection du CRIDS, 2018, 928p.


Duguet, A.-M. & Herveg, J., "Safeguards and derogations relating to processing for scientific purposes: Article 89 analysis for biobank research", in Slokenberga, S., Tzortzatou, O. & Reichel, J. (eds.). GDPR and Biobanking: Individual rights, public interest and research regulation across Europe, Springer, Law, Governance and Technology Series, n° 43, 2021, pp. 105-120.

de Terwangne, C., "Principles relating to processing of personal data", in Kuner, Chr., Bygrave, L.A. & Docksey, Chr. (ed.), The EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). A commentary, Oxford University Press, 2020, p. 309.

Herveg, J. & Hoffman, S., "Privacy and integrity of medical information", in The Oxford Handbook of Comparative Health Law, Oxford University Press, 2020, pp. 1-47.

Tombal, Th., "Economic Dependence and Data Access", International Review of Intellectual Property and Competition Law, 2020, pp. 70-98.