Kristina Irion is Associate Professor at the Institute for Information Law (IViR) at the University of Amsterdam. She is the Director of the Annual IViR Summer Course on Privacy Law and Policy and the Coordinator as well as a Lecturer in the Research Master's in Information Law. She is a non-resident Fellow of the Center for Media Data and Society (CMDS) at Central European University in Budapest where she had been, until 2017, Associate Professor at the School of Public Policy. Kristina is a member of the Scientific Committee of the annual Computer Privacy and Data Protection (CPDP) International Conferences and the International Advisory Board of the Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC).
A baseline of Kristina’s research is the interpretation and analysis of the transformational processes that reconfigure the legal properties of digital data in line with societal needs. She has commented on key developments in EU data protection law and its progressive constitutionalization and how European law interface with a global digital ecosystem. As a Marie Curie Fellow she accomplished her individual research project on Governing Digital Information which explores the transformational impact of consumer cloud computing. Kristina’s current research agenda focuses on the governance of transnational digital technologies and global data value chains from the perspective of European law and international economic law.
In terms of societal relevance, much of the commissioned research she has led or contributed to did generate a significant impact on public policy. A number of these studies have helped to catalyze real policy shifts, for instance the so called INDIREG study on EU audiovisual media law or the study ‘Trade and Privacy: Complicated Bedfellows?’ which left a positive mark on EU’s external trade policy. She recently lead-authored a pioneering study on ‘Artificial Intelligence and EU Trade Policy’ that has been commissioned by the Dutch Government. Kristina frequently provide expertise to the European Commission and the Parliament, ENISA, the Council of Europe, the OECD, national governments as well as civil society organizations.
Kristina obtained her Dr. iuris degree from Martin Luther University, Halle-Wittenberg, and holds a Master’s degree in Information Technology and Telecommunications Law from the University of Strathclyde in Glasgow. She was a part time Legal Officer at the Data Protection Authority in Berlin and worked as Senior Regulatory Counsel for a German mobile network operator. Kristina was a postgraduate trainee at the Competition Directorate-General of the European Commission in Brussels and she was a visiting fellow at EPIC in Washington, D.C..