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Douwe Korff

Douwe Korff

Douwe Korff has been professor of international law at London Metropolitan University since 2002. He is a Dutch comparative and international lawyer, specialising in human rights and data protection. In the 1970s, he graduated from the Free University in Amsterdam, Netherlands, and was researcher at the European University Institute in Florence, Italy. In the 1980s, he carried out human rights research at the Max Planck Institutes for comparative and international criminal law and for comparative and international public law in Freiburg im Breisgau and Heidelberg, Germany. In the ’90s, he taught international law and human rights at the University of Limburg in Maastricht, the Netherlands, and the European Convention on Human Rights at the University of Essex, UK. In 2006 and 2007, he was visiting professor at the Law faculty of the University of Rijeka, Croatia, and in 2007 also at the University of Zagreb (Faculty for Information and Organisation), Croatia.

In the late-70s and early 80s, Douwe Korff was Head of Europe Research at Amnesty International’s International Secretariat. He has since done work for the European Commission of Human Rights in Strasbourg, Amnesty International, the International Commission of Jurists, the Netherlands Human Rights Institute, the International Council on Human Rights Policy and other IGOs and NGOs on international standards relating to freedom of expression, freedom of religion, the criminal justice system, and racism. He often acts as a human rights expert for the Council of Europe, the European Union and the OSCE and as such regularly writes opinions and provides training in the field of human rights and criminal justice, freedom of religion, etc.

In the last few years, he has carried out research and provided such opinions and training for judges, procurators, advocates and human rights activists in Armenia, Croatia, Georgia, Moldova, Montenegro, Russia, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan.

Douwe Korff has acted as counsel for the applicant in a number of leading cases under the European Convention on Human Rights, including Castells -v- Spain (concerning freedom of expression), McCann et al. -v- the UK (the "Gibraltar Shooting Case", concerning the right to life) and Kelly et al.- and Shanaghan -v- the UK (concerning the procedural aspect of the right to life), and has been closely associated with a number of other cases, against the Netherlands, France, Germany, the UK and Sweden. He is an Associate of London Metropolitan University’s European Human Rights Advocacy Centre (EHRAC) and, through EHRAC, involved in cases relating to alleged human rights violations in the Russian Federation and Georgia. He recently wrote the Council of Europe Human Rights Handbook on the Right to Life.

For the last fifteen years, Douwe Korff has also been a leading data protection expert and consultant. In that capacity, he has advised Amnesty International, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees and the International Committee of the Red Cross, as well as international trade associations, in particular in the field of direct marketing (FEDMA, DMA-US), as well as individual companies. His corporate clients have included American Express, Cendant Corporation, Dun & Bradstreet, Readers Digest, Cygna, Symantec and others. He has written extensively on comparative, international and transnational data protection law and is involved in several major EU projects on data protection and e-government.

In the last ten years, he has carried out four major studies for the European Union’s Directorate-General on the Internal Market, relating to the implementation of EC Directives harmonising data protection law in the EU and the EEA, and was involved in two studies for the UK Information Commissioner, on "Privacy & Law Enforcement" and on "Children’s Databases- Safety & Privacy". He recently wrote an Issue Paper for the Council of Europe High Commissioner for Human Rights on "Privacy & the Fight Against Terrorism". He is also a member of the advisory council of the Foundation for Information Policy Research (FIPR), the leading UK think-tank on IT policy.

Links to some selected publications:

Presentation to the European Parliament CTEE on civil liberties. Watch the entire LIBE from this link. Click on the link under "Data protection" on this page:
http://www.europarl.europa.eu/activities/committees/homeCom.do?body=LIBE&language=EN

Article by D Korff and Ian Brown (Univ of Oxford)
http://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=1261194

Forensic genomics: kin privacy, driftnets and other open questions (with F. Stajano, L. Bianchi & P. Li`o), paper submitted in May 2008 for the Workshop on Privacy in Electronic Society (WPES), Alexandria (VA), USA, October 2008. See: http://dais.cs.uiuc.edu/wpes08/.

The need to apply UK data protection law in accordance with European law, Data Protection Law & Practice, May 2008.

European Privacy Seal - Criteria Catalogue (with Sebastian Meissner and Thomas Probst) and associated Commentary, several versions produced in the context of the ¡§EuroPriSe¡¨ project, November 2008 ¡V May 2008 (ongoing).

Protecting the Right to Privacy in the Fight Against Terrorism, draft of an Issue Paper of the High Commissioner for Human Rights of the Council of Europe, May 2008.

Issues of confidentiality and privacy of data with relation to HIV, presentation at a (UK) National Aids Trust and Aids Action Europe seminar on Legislation and judicial systems in relation to HIV and AIDS, seminar report, pp. 29-32. The report can be downloaded from: http://www.nat.org.uk/document/420.

General human rights issues:

SIM (Netherlands Human Rights Institute) SIM Special No. 3, The Diplock Courts in Northern Ireland: a fair trial? An analysis of the law, based on a study by Amnesty International (1984 - old but I am still often asked for it) (order form only):

For contents page, etc.:  click here

The Gibraltar Shooting Case (in which I was Counsel for the Applicants) (1990, revised 2005): download here

Council of Europe Human Rights Handbook on The Right to Life (Article 2 ECHR) (2006):  the handbook can be downloaded here

Terrorist Designation with regard to European and International Law: the case of the PMOI (with prof. Bill Bowring) (2006):  click here

International Council on Human Rights Policy: The Persistance and Mutations of Racism (2000):  download report here

Forensic genomics: kin privacy, driftnets and other open questions

(with F. Stajano, L. Bianchi & P. Li`o), paper submitted in May 2008 for the Workshop on Privacy in Electronic Society (WPES), Alexandria (VA),

USA, October 2008. See: http://dais.cs.uiuc.edu/wpes08/.

The need to apply UK data protection law in accordance with European law, Data Protection Law & Practice, May 2008.

European Privacy Seal - Criteria Catalogue (with Sebastian Meissner and Thomas Probst) and associated Commentary, several versions produced in the context of the 'EuroPriSe' project, November 2008-May 2008

Ongoing:

Protecting the Right to Privacy in the Fight Against Terrorism, draft of an Issue Paper of the High Commissioner for Human Rights of the Council of Europe, May 2008.

Forthcoming. Issues of confidentiality and privacy of data with relation to HIV, presentation at a (UK) National Aids Trust and Aids Action Europe seminar on Legislation and judicial systems in relation to HIV and AIDS, seminar report, pp. 29-32. The report can be downloaded here

The Right to Life (Article 2 of the European Convention on Human Rights), Human Rights Handbook No. 8,Council of Europe, 2007. The handbook can be downloaded here

Briefing Documents

Korff, Douwe. The Irish data protection law: a briefing on the Data Protection Acts 1988 and 2003.

Korff, Douwe. The German Data Protection Law: a briefing on The Federal Data Protection Law 2001 [Federal Data Protection Law 1990 as amended in 2001] and on certain related matters regulated in the Telecommunication Data Protection Regulation 2000.

Korff, Douwe. The Austrian Data Protection Law: a briefing on the Federal Data Protection Law 2000. 4000559075.

Korff, Douwe. The French Data Protection Law.

Korff, Douwe. The Italian data protection laws..

Korff, Douwe. The Spanish Data Protection Law: a briefing on LOPD Law on the Protection of Personal Data [Ley Organica 15/1999, de 13de Diciembre, de Proteccion de Datos de Caracter Personal] (Organic Law 15/1999 of 13 December 1999).

Korff, Douwe. The Portuguese Data Protection Law: a briefing on Law no. 67/98 of 26 October 1998 (Law on the Protection of Personal Data).

Korff, Douwe. The Swedish data protection law: a briefing on the Personal Data Law (Law 1998:204 of 29 April 1998).

Korff, Douwe. The Danish Data Protection Law: a briefing on the Law on the processing of personal data (Law nr. 429 of 31 May 2000, Official Journal of 2 June 2000).

Korff, Douwe. The Finnish Data Protection Law: a briefing on the Personal Data Law of 22 March 1999 (Law No. 523/1999) and on the Law on the Protection of Privacy in Telecommunications and on Operators' Data Security 0f 22 April 1999 (Law no.565/1999).

Korff, Douwe. The Dutch Data Protection Law: a briefing on the law of 6 July 2000 containing rules relating to the protection of personal data (Personal Data Protection Law) and On the Data Protection Rules in the Law of 19 October 1998 containing rules relating to Telecommunication

(Telecommunication Law).

Korff, Douwe. The Belgian Data Protection Law: a briefing on the law of 8 December 1992 for the protection of private life with regard to the processing of personal data, as amended by the Law of 11 December 1998, implementing Directive 95/46/EC OF 24 October 1995.

Korff, Douwe. The Luxembourg Data Protection Law.

Korff, Douwe. The Greek Data Protection Law: a briefing on Law 2472/1997 on the Protection of Individuals with regard to the Processing of Personal Data (as amended by Laws 2819/2000 and 2915/2001).






 

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