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Nadezhda Purtova, LLM MSc


  • Prof. Cobbenhagenlaan 221, Montesquieu Building, room M 722

    5037 DE Tilburg



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Research interests

My primary expertise lies in European and comparative privacy and data protection law. My doctoral dissertation explored the idea of property rights in personal data embedded in the US and European legal contexts. I argued that framing data protection rights erga omnes - even without the formal 'property' label - would be consistent with the European approach to data protection, create a de-facto property right in personal data and would achieve individual control over his/her data more effectively. I have expanded my research into the area of economic analysis of privacy and data protection law, in particular, data protection rights as entitlements and personal data as a  resource. I have conducted research on the policy studies of data protection, in particular, the role of private actors in the data protection rule-setting.

In 2016 I was awarded a prestigious European Research Council (ERC) Starting Grant to conduct a five-year research project ?Understanding information for legal protection of people against information-induced harms? (ERC-2016-StG-716971 INFO-LEG). The project aims to re-examine conceptual foundations of the data protection law and commenced in March 2017.


April 2013 - August 2015 - Postdoctoral researcher at Tilburg Institute for Law, Technology, and Society

September 2011 - July 2013 - Postdoctoral researcher at the Department of Economic and European Law, University of Groningen

December 2010 - July 2011 - Legal support lawyer, De Brauw Blackstone Westbroek, ICT and media practice group

October 2006 - October 2010 - PhD researcher, Tilburg Institute for Law, Technology and Society, Tilburg University

PhD supervision

PhD supervision:

K.K. E Silva, PhD project on private effort in mitigating botnets (second supervisor);

M. Paun, PhD project on learning from the legal institute of protection against harms to improve legal protection against information-induced harms (2017-2021);

Hosna Sheikhattar, PhD project on conceptualisation of information in law (2017-2021);

Current courses

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  • Data Processing
  • Privacy
  • Property Rights
  • Human Rights
  • Data Protection


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