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Marc van der Ham

External PhD candidate

Name
Mr. M.J.M. van der Ham
Telephone
+31 71 527 8838
E-mail
m.j.m.van.der.ham@law.leidenuniv.nl

Marc van der Ham (1984) has been an external PhD candidate at eLaw - Centre for Law and Digital Technologies since August 2020. In addition, he is a deputy team lead and legal advisor at the National Office of the Dutch Public Prosecution Service. 

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Marc van der Ham (1984) has been an external PhD candidate at eLaw - Centre for Law and Digital Technologies since August 2020. In addition, he is a deputy team lead and legal advisor at the National Office of the Dutch Public Prosecution Service. 

European cooperation and the interaction between the law and digitisation are the focus of Marc’s professional career. Marc graduated in law from Leiden University in 2008 and holds an LLM in Philosophy and Theory of Law and an LLM in European Law. Marc started his career in the Security service of the Dutch Foreign Ministry. Afterwards, he joined Stek Lawyers in Amsterdam, where he litigated and advised in the areas of Dutch and European competition and energy law. Between 2011 and 2013, Marc was an advisor to Dutch Member of European Parliament Marietje Schaake (D66/Renew) in Brussels. From 2014 until mid-2017, Marc was a public policy manager and strategic advisor for Google in Brussels and London. 

He joined the National Office of the Dutch Public Prosecution Service in September 2017. He is the deputy team lead of the Policy Strategy Team and a legal advisor in the High-Tech Investigations Unit. Marc advises the Chief Prosecutor and works closely with the dedicated national prosecutors for cybercrime, interception, digital investigations, and legal hacking. His primary focus is on modernising the legal toolbox for investigating and prosecuting cybercrime and digitised crime. This portfolio includes public-private partnerships and cooperation with the intelligence services and national CERT. Marc also regularly gives courses and lectures at educational institutions.

Research

Marc’s research focuses on the question of to what extent cybercrime can still be successfully investigated and prosecuted. The borderless nature of the Internet’s architecture and society’s growing dependence on private companies and technologies also raises complex challenges for law enforcement authorities. While incidents of disruptive cybercrime increase, the investigation and prosecution of suspects remain limited. The title of Marc’s research is: “Impunity and disruptive cybercrime” and discusses the pros and cons of legal assistance obligations for ‘IT infrastructure companies’ in criminal investigations of ‘disruptive cybercrime’. Rule of law principles, legal standards for criminal investigations and the rules of the EU’s single (digital) market are the normative framework that Marc will use to answer his research questions.

External PhD candidate

  • Faculteit Rechtsgeleerdheid
  • Instituut voor Metajuridica
  • eLaw@Leiden
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