Gert Vermeulen (PhD in law) is senior full professor of (European and international) criminal law, sexual offending and data protection law at Ghent University. He is a member of the Board of Governors of the University, chair of the Department of Criminology, Criminal Law and Social Law of the Faculty of Law and Criminology, director of the Institute for International Research on Criminal Policy (IRCP) and Director of the Knowledge and Research Platform on Privacy, Information Exchange, Law Enforcement and Surveillance (PIXLES). He teaches a.o. European criminal policy, International criminal law, Sexual offending, prostitution & human trafficking, Data protection law and Cybercrime, technology & surveillance.
He is also general director of publications, executive committee member, scientific committee member and member of the board of directors of the International Association of Penal Law and editor-in-chief of the International Review of Penal Law (RIDP).
Gert Vermeulen is also a former privacy commissioner at the Belgian Data Protection Authority and a former member of the European Data Protection Board’s BTLE subgroup (Borders, Travel and Law Enforcement), the Europol Cooperation Board and the Supervision Coordination Groups for respectively the Schengen Information System, Eurodac, VIS and Customs.
Selected societal impact activities
- 13/06/2019 – Strasbourg – Presented report during the 38th Plenary Meeting of the Consultative Committee of The Convention for the Protection of Individuals with Regard to Automatic Processing of Personal Data “Inclusion of data protection safeguards relating to law enforcement trans-border access to data in the Second Additional Protocol to the Budapest Convention on Cybercrime (ETS 185). (May 29, 2019).”
- 22-23/11/2018 – The Hague – The death of data retention at EU level – the mass surveillance scandal fallout and its detrimental consequences for law enforcement, Conference (Freedom AND Security. Killing the zero sum process. #kill0sum’, Europol
- 12/2017 – Procedural Rights and Detention Conditions. Cost of Non-Europe Report. EPRS, European Parliament
- 27/03/2019 – Interview with Brussels Privacy Hub Data protection and criminal law
- 22/09/2015 – Human Dimension Implementation Meeting (OSCE) – Challenges to the enjoyment of fundamental freedoms and human rights in the age of new information and communication technologies, including the respect for privacy.
- 28/08/2015 – Interview with Knack (magazine) –Prostitutie: ‘Geef bonafide bordelen een keurmerk’
- 7-8/12/2017 – Ghent – Co-organizer of the International Conference ‘Freedom under Pressure’
- 14/04/2015 – Doha, Qatar – Co-organizer of the Thirteenth United Nations Congress on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice: Ancillary meeting ‘International cooperation in criminal matters in the XXI1st century: towards a new approach? (AIDP-ISISC)
- 23/11/2013 – Ghent – Co-organizer of the International Conference ‘Defence Rights: International and European Developments
- European and International Criminal Law and Criminal Justice
- Sexual Offending, Prostitution and Human Trafficking
- Privacy, Technology, Cyber, Big Data and Surveillance
- 2017-2018 – Verkennend onderzoek naar het online zoekgedrag naar informatie omtrent sekswerk en seksuele gezondheid door klanten van sekswerkers
- 2010-2011 – Study on the future institutional and legal framework of judicial cooperation in criminal matters in the EU
- 2010-2011 – Study on detention in the European Union
- Vermeulen, Gert. (2017). Eyes wide shut: the privacy shield’s blunt denial of continued bulk, mass or indiscriminate collection or processing and unnecessary or disproportionate access and use by US intelligence and law enforcement authorities. In Gert Vermeulen & E. Lievens (Eds.), Data protection and privacy under pressure: transatlantic tensions, EU surveillance, and big data (pp. 49–75). Antwerp: Maklu
- Persak, N., & Vermeulen, G. (Eds.). (2014). Reframing prostitution: from discourse to description, from moralisation to normalisation? Antwerp, Belgium: Maklu
- Vermeulen, G., De Bondt, W., & Ryckman, C. (Eds.). (2012). Rethinking international cooperation in criminal matters in the EU: moving beyond actors, bringing logic back, footed in reality. IRCP research series. Antwerp, Belgium; Apeldoorn, The Netherlands: Maklu