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Francien Dechesne


Dr. F. Dechesne
+31 71 527 7608

Francien Dechesne has been connected to the Center for Law and Digital Technologies (eLaw@Leiden) since November 2015 as researcher in the SCALES project (NWO research programme for Responsible Innovation).

More information about Francien Dechesne

Homepage @ 3TU Center for Ethics and Technology


Francien Dechesne is researcher at the Center for Law and Digital Technologies (eLaw) of the Leiden Law School, and lecturer at TU Eindhoven.

She holds a PhD in mathematical logic (Tilburg University and TU Eindhoven, 2005). She conducted research on formal methods for verification of security protocols (TU Eindhoven, 2005-2009) and on Ethics and Information Technology (TU Delft, 2009-2014). Before starting her academic career, she worked as IT Management professional in mainframe environments (Pink Elephant bv, 1997-2000).

Research interests

She works in the SCALES project of the NWO Responsible Innovation program. This research involves the question of how to strike a balance between public, commercial and individual interests in the use of data analytics. 

Her overall research interest is Formal Ethics for Information Technology: the application of formal methods in ethical and societal aspects of ICT. She is particularly interested in issues around security and privacy in our increasingly networked and data-driven world, and more generally in the specification and verification of non-functional requirements in technological design.



  • Faculteit Rechtsgeleerdheid
  • Instituut voor Metajuridica
  • eLaw@Leiden

Work address

Kamerlingh Onnes Building
Steenschuur 25
2311 ES Leiden
Room number B 3.32


Postdoc / guest

  • Wiskunde en Natuurwetenschappen
  • Leiden Inst Advanced Computer Sciences

Work address

Science Campus
Einsteinweg 55
2333 CC Leiden



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