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Nadezhda Purtova, LLM MSc


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    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

Current courses

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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);


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

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Research Output 2009 2018

data protection
public private partnership
law enforcement
data exchange

The law of everything. Broad concept of personal data and future of EU data protection law

Purtova, N. 2018 In : Law, Innovation and Technology. 10, 1, p. 40-81 41 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleScientificpeer-review

Open Access

Do property rights in personal data make sense after the big data turn: Individual control and transparency

Purtova, N. 2017 In : Journal of Law and Economic Regulation. 10, 2, p. 64-78 15 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleScientificpeer-review

Open Access

Consumer privacy in network industries

Purtova, N., Larouche, P. & Peitz, M. 26 Jan 2016 Centre on regulation in Europe (CERRE).

Research output: Book/ReportReportProfessional

Open Access

eHealth spare parts as a service: Modular eHealth solutions and medical device reform

Purtova, N. Dec 2016 In : European Journal of Health Law.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleScientificpeer-review

Equipment and Supplies

Activities 2014 2016

Opening of the Tilburg Data Science Center

Purtova, N. (Keynote speaker)
25 May 2016

Activity: Oral presentationScientific

Tilting perspectives on regulating technologies (Event)

Purtova, N. (Reviewer)

Activity: Publication peer-reviewScientific

Computers, Privacy and Data Protection 2017 (Event)

Purtova, N. (Reviewer)

Activity: Publication peer-reviewScientific

International Data Privacy Law (Journal)

Purtova, N. (Reviewer)

Activity: Publication peer-reviewScientific

Projects 2014 2018

Press / Media

Prestigieuze ERC-beurs voor dr. Nadezhda Purtova

Nadezhda Purtova


1 media contribution

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Nadezhda Purtova


1 media contribution

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Prizes / Recognition

2016 ERC Starting Grant

Nadezhda Purtova (Recipient), 2016

Prize: Other distinction