Professor of Law and Data Science
Prof. mr. dr. ir. B.H.M. (Bart) Custers PhD MSc LLM is (full) professor of Law and Data Science and director of research at eLaw, Center for Law and Digital Technologies at Leiden University.
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Prof. mr. dr. ir. B.H.M. (Bart) Custers PhD MSc LLM is (full) professor of Law and Data Science and director of research at eLaw, Center for Law and Digital Technologies at Leiden University. He has a background in both law and physics and is an expert in the area of law and digital technologies, including topics like profiling, big data, privacy, discrimination, cybercrime, technology in policing and artificial intelligence. He is a seasoned researcher and project manager who acquired and executed research for the European Commission, NWO (the National Research Council in the Netherlands), the Dutch national government, local government agencies, large corporations and SMEs. Until 2016 he was the head of the research department on Crime, Law enforcement and Sanctions of the scientific research center (WODC) of the ministry of security and justice in the Netherlands. Before that, he worked for the national government as a senior policy advisor for consecutive ministers of justice (2009-2013) and for a large consultancy firm as a senior management consultant on information strategies (2005-2009).
Prof. Custers published three books on profiling, privacy, discrimination and big data, two books on the use of drones and one book on the use of bitcoins for money laundering cybercrime profits. On a regular basis he gives lectures on profiling, privacy and big data and related topics. He has presented his work at international conferences in the United States, Canada, China, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, Thailand, the Middle East and throughout Europe. He has published his work, over a hundred publications, in scientific and professional journals and in newspapers.
On behalf of the Faculty of Law, prof. Custers is the coordinator of the SAILS project. This project, funded by the Executive Board of Leiden University, deals with the societal and legal implications of Artificial Intelligence. All faculties and the Leiden University Medical Center are involved in this project. Prof. Custers is one of the SAILS professors.
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