Carl is the academic assistant to Prof. Dr. Eva Lievens and a PhD researcher in the research group Law & Technology at Ghent University. During February 2023 he was a research fellow at the HBI.
His PhD thesis is entitled ‘Regulating global actors through the use of alternative regulatory instruments: an analysis of the extent to which EU codes of conduct contribute to the fragmentation or harmonisation of data protection standards’ and entails 1) a theoretical analysis of the impact that alternative regulatory instruments can have outside their operation jurisdiction 2) a case study of changes corporate behaviour outside the EU on the basis of codes of conduct adopted under the GDPR and 3) recommendations for the micro / corporate level and the macro / policy level.
He was awarded the Young Scholar Award – 1st Prize during the 2018 Amsterdam Privacy Conference for his paper ‘Online Age Verification Mechanisms in the Personal Data Protection Framework: A Battle for the Ages?’. Additionally, he received the award for Best Postgraduate Article during the 2019 BILETA Conference for his paper ‘From Opt-In to Obligation? Regulating Globally Operating Tech Companies through Alternative Regulatory Instruments’. During his studies, he received the title ‘Valedictorian Pleader’ as a joint award from Ghent University and the Bar of Ghent.
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