Ronald Leenes
  • Warandelaan 2, Montesquieu Building, room M 719

    5037 AB Tilburg



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Research interests

Prof.dr. Ronald Leenes (1964) is full professor in regulation by technology at the Tilburg Institute for Law, Technology, and Society (Tilburg University). 

His personal page is here.

His primary research interests are regulation by (and of) technology, specifically related to privacy and identity management. He is also motivated and trying to understand the effects of profiling, function creep and privacy infringements in general.  He is engaged legal and ethical aspects of robotic technologies and AI.

He was a core member of the management team of the EU FP6 PRIME project, the EU FP7 projects PrimeLife and Endorse. He was principal investigator and TILT project coordinator in the EU FP7 project Robolaw which explored the ethical and legal issues of robotics, human enhancement and neurosciences. 

He was principal investigator and TILT project coordinator in the EU FP7 project A4Cloud, which addresses the accountability gap in cloud computing. His focus here is stakeholder concerns, legal aspects and conceptual modeling.

He has contributed to and edited various deliverables for the EU FP6 Network of Excellence 'Future of IDentity in the Information Society' (FIDIS), and he participated in the Network of Excellence 'Legal Framework for the Information Society' (LEFIS).

He has extensive experience in management of international associations. He was Secretary of IFIP WG 8.5 'Information Systems in Public Administration' and secretary/treasurer of the International Association for Artificial Intelligence and law (IAAIL).

He was member of the programme commission of various international conferences in different fields, such as E-government, AI and Law, and in 2008, the conference "TILTing perspectives on regulating technology'.

Ronald has an extensive international network of top-scholars in Europe, Canada, and the US, both within academia and in industry, which he involves in TILT's work.

Ronald has a background in Public Administration and Public Policy (University of Twente) and has extensive research experience in the fields of Artificial Intelligence and Law, E-Government and since he joined TILT, technology (primarily ICTs) and law.

Ronald is a productive researcher with a large number of international publications in books and (refereed) journals and refereed conference volumes. He (co-)edited more than 10 volumes on privacy and data protection in the CPDP series. He contributed 2 chapters to the prestigious Oxford University Press GDPR commentary edited by 
Christopher Kuner, Lee Bygrave, and Christopher Docksey.

He was a member of the Scientific Technical Board of SURF. He is member of the SIVI advisory board 'onbemenste toepassingen' and member of the board of the Stichting Onderzoek, Onderwijs, Normalisatie en Standardisatie (SOONS). 

His inaugural lecture held on 16 April 2010 is entitled: 'Harde lessen: een apologie voor regulering door technologie' (in Dutch) can be watched here.


Professional experience

2009 - Full professor, TILT - Tilburg Institute for Law, Technology, and Society, Tilburg University

2005 - 2009 Associate professor, TILT - Tilburg Institute for Law, Technology, and Society, Tilburg University

2004 - 2005 Assistant professor, Law Dept. of Tilburg University

1992 - 2004 Assistant professor, University of Twente, dept of Public administration

1989 - 1992 PhD student, University of Twente, dept of Public administration


 Ronald Leenes teaches the elective Bachelor 2 course 'Law & Technology'

Current courses

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PhD supervision


Currently, I supervise the following PhD students:

  • Silvia de Conca,
  • Shaz Jameson
  • Aviva de Groot
  • Emre Bayamlioglu
  • Anna Berti Suman
  • Paulan Korenhof, The right to be forgotten.
  • Eric Lachaud, Certification schemes and privacy compliance.
  • Hans Buitelaar, PrimeLife project
PhD's supervised by Ronald:
  • dr. Dimitrii Trubnikov, The competitive order for the new economy: Lessons from the telecommunications experience (2018)
  • dr. Dusko Martic, Cloud Computing for Online Dispute Resolutions in the EU (2018).
  • dr. Michael Dizon, Understanding networked legality: a socio-technical study of the maker movement (2016)
  • dr. Arnold Roosendaal, Digital personae and profiles in law: Protecting individuals' rights in online contexts (2013)
  • dr. Jelle van Veenen, Getting to :-), thesis defended 15 June 2011.
  • dr. Marcel Hoogwout, De rationaliteit van de klantgerichte overheid', thesis defended 25 Sep 2010.


External positions

Member of the Governing Board (Stichting onderzoeken onderwijs normalisatie en standaardisatie (SOONS))

1 Mar 2024 → …

Member of the advisory board automated advice applications (SIVI)

1 May 2022 → …

Advice to SURF board, 6x per annum (Stichting SURF)

1 Jan 20141 May 2018

Reviews (European Commission)

1 Jan 2014 → …


  • Expert Systems
  • Robotics
  • Privacy
  • Identity Management
  • Rfid
  • Big Data Analytics
  • Nanotechnology
  • Decision Support Systems
  • Internet
  • Computer Science Law
  • Public Administration


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