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Professor of International Law

Professor Douwe Korff

Douwe Korff is a Dutch comparative and international lawyer.  Following academic research at the European University Institute and at the Max Planck Institutes for comparative and international criminal- and public law, he taught at the University of Maastricht in the Netherlands and at the University of Essex in the UK.  He is currently Professor of International Law at London Metropolitan University and visiting professor at the Universities of Zagreb and Rijeka in Croatia.

He is both a general human rights lawyer and a specialist in data protection.  In the former capacity, he has worked for Amnesty International in the 1970s and early-80s, taken some important cases to the European Court of Human Rights (including the “Gibraltar Shooting” case, McCann v. the UK), and written the Council of Europe Human Rights Handbook on Article 2 of the European Convention on Human Rights (The Right To Life).  He has trained judges and prosecutors in many countries, especially in Central Asia, the Caucasus and the Balkans, in fair trial and general human rights issues, on behalf of the UN, the OSCE, the Council of Europe and the EU.
As a data protection expert, Douwe Korff has carried out by himself, or as team leader, many studies for the European Commission relating to the implementation of the EC directives on data protection, as well as several studies for the UK Information Commissioner.  He has acted as a consultant to many international trade associations and major international companies and helped to establish the European Privacy Seal (“EuroPriSe”) in an e-TEN project also supported by the European Commission (2007-09).  With his regular co-author, Dr Ian Brown of Oxford University, he led a major study into the “New challenges posed to data protection, especially in the light of new technologies” (2010);  wrote a chapter on “Social media and human rights” in a COE Publication, Human Rights and a Changing Media Landscape (2011) and an Opinion on ACTA (the anti-counterfeiting agreement) (2011);  and prepared a report for the Global Network Initiative on the problems faced by companies, governments and NGOs in relation to surveillance, blocking and other human rights sensitive actions relating to the Internet and mobile telephone systems (2012).

He is a member of the Advisory Council of the Foundation for Information Policy Research, FIPR, the leading think tank on information policy issues in the UK and works closely with civil liberty organisations such as Liberty, Justice (the UK branch of the International Commission of Jurists), Statewatch, Privacy International, EDRi, and others.

You can access many of Douwe Korff’s papers on the Social Science Research
Network (SSRN) at:  http://ssrn.com/author=1098072


  • LLP007C Human Rights in UK & International Law
  • LLP014C European Convention on Human Rights
  • GIP009C Legal Regulation of Conflict


Faculty –wide remit

  • Member of the Research & Enterprise Committee
  • Member of the Research Students Progress Group


Professor Douwe Korff

Faculty of Business & Law

Email: d.korff@londonmet.ac.uk



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