Mireille Hildebrandt started her academic life with a taste of cultural
anthropology, later switching to law. She took her law degree from Leyden University in
the Netherlands and defended her PhD thesis in the philosophy of criminal law at Erasmus
University Rotterdam, integrating legal anthropology and legal history to develop a
hermeneutic phenomenology of punishment. 

Hildebrandt is a tenured Research Professor on 'Interfacing Law and Technology'
at Vrije Universiteit Brussels. She work with the research group on Law Science
Technology and Society studies (LSTS) at the Faculty of Law and Criminology. Se also
holds the parttime Chair of Smart Environments, Data Protection and the Rule of Law at
the Science Faculty, the Institute for Computing and Information Sciences (iCIS) at
Radboud University Nijmegen Her research interests concern the implications of mindless
artificial agency for the core tenets of constitutional democracies. Together with Serge
Gutwirth she edited 'Profiling the European Citizen' (Springer 2008), with
Antoinette Rouvroy 'Law, Human Agency and Autonomic Computing' (Routledge
2011), with Katja de Vries 'Privacy, Due Process after the Computational Turn'
(Routledge 2013) and with Jeanne Gaakeer 'Human Law and Computer Law'. In 2015
she published her new book: 'Smart Technologies and the End(s) of Law. Novel
Entanglements of Law and Technology' (Edward Elgar 2015). 



Radbruch’s Rechtsstaat and Schmitt’s Legal Order: Legalism, Legality, and the Institution of Law, Critical Analysis of Law (2015)

This article forages the fruits of Radbruch’s Legal Philosophy of 1932, taking into account his...




In this contribution the notion of Big Data is discussed in relation to the monetisation...



Balance or Trade-off? Online Security Technologies and Fundamental Rights, Philosophy & Technology (2013)

In this contribution I argue that the image of the balance is often used to...



Data Protection by Design and Technology Neutral Law (with Laura Tielemans), Computer Law & Security Review (2013)

This article argues that to achieve a technology neutral law, technology specific law is sometimes...



Extraterritorial Jurisdiction to Enforce in Cyberspace. Bodin, Schmitt, Grotius in Cyberspace., University of Toronto Law Journal (2013)

What is at stake if justice authorities decide to hack a computer system that is...




Smart Technologies and the End(s) of Law. Novel Entanglements of Law and Technology (2015)

This timely book tells the story of the smart technologies that reconstruct our world, by...



The Value of Personal Data. Digital Enlightenment Yearbook 2013 (with Kieron O'Hara and Michael Waidner) (2013)

This is the second Yearbook of The DIGITAL ENLIGHTENMENT FORUM. The Forum aims to provide...



The Rule of Law in Cyberspace (2013)

This is a translation of my inaugural lecture at Radboud University Nijmegen. The Dutch version...



Privacy, Due Process and the Computational Turn. The Philosophy of Law Meets the Philosophy of Technology (with Katja De Vries) (2013)

Privacy, Due process and the Computational Turn: The Philosophy of Law Meets the Philosophy of...



Human Law and Computer Law: Comparative Perspectives (with Jeanne Gaakeer) (2013)

The focus of this book is on the epistemological and hermeneutic implications of data science...


Contributions to Books


Criminal Law and Technology in a Data-Driven Society, The Oxford Handbook of Criminal Law (2014)

This chapter takes leave of the idea that lawyers can remain immersed in legal text....



Eccentric Positionally as a Precondition for the Criminal Liability for Artificial Life Forms, Plessner's Philosophical Anthropology (2014)

This contribution explores Plessner’s distinction between animal centricity and human eccentricity as “a difference that...



ICT en Rechtsstaat, Recht en Computer (2014)

Onderling gekoppelde computersystemen, vaak online verbonden, bepalen in toenemende mate de omgeving van staat en...



Location Data, Purpose Binding and Contextual Integrity: What's the Message, Protection of Information and the Right to Privacy - A New Equilibrium? (2014)

This chapter investigates the issue of the proliferation of location data in the light of...



Radbruch on the Origins of the Criminal Law: Punitive Interventions before Sovereignty, Foundational Texts in Modern Criminal Law (2014)

This chapter is dedicated to Radbruch’s seminal text on ‘The origin of criminal law in...




Legal Protection by Design in the Smart Grid (2013)

This report was commissioned by the Smart Energy Collective (SEC), a consortium of 26 companies...


Working Papers


Oordeelsvorming door mens en machine: heuristieken, algoritmes en legitimatie (2011)

Gezien de ontwikkelingen op het terrein van ‘data mining’, ‘machine learning’, en neurale netwerken is...



Human rights as preconditions for intercultural society (2010)

In this contribution human rights will be considered not simply as conditions for an intercultural...



Selves and Things. Dubravna Ugresic and Profiling Technologies (2009)

In her humourous and painfull descriptions of the lives of (former) Yugoslavians, Dubravna Ugresic keenly...




The Meaning and the Mining of Legal Texts, The Computational Turn in the Humanities (2010)

Positive law, inscribed in legal texts, entails an authority not inherent in literary texts, generating...



Grensbewegingen tussen technologie en recht, Seminar Book Presentation Facing the Limits of the Law (2009)

Dit is de Nederlandstalige introductie van mijn hoofdstuk 'Technology and the end of law' in...