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Simone van der Hof

Academic Director, Professor of Law and Digital Technologies

Prof.dr.mr. S. van der Hof
+31 71 527 8838

Simone van der Hof has been associated with the Centre for Law and Digital Technology (eLaw) as a full Professor of Law and Digital Technology since October 2011.

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Simone van der Hof has been associated with the Centre for Law and Digital Technology (eLaw) as a full Professor of Law and Digital Technology since October 2011. 

In 1995, she graduated from Utrecht University in Dutch law (specialisation in criminal and private law practice, specialisation in intellectual property law). From 1995-1996, she subsequently worked as a researcher at the Molengraaff Institute for Private Law, ICT and Law section, University of Utrecht.

Subsequently, from 1996-2011, she was associated with the Tilburg Institute for Law, Technology, and Society (TILT) at Tilburg University as a researcher, university lecturer and ultimately associate professor. There, Simone obtained her doctorate in 2002 with the thesis entitled 'International online agreements - International private law aspects of online business-to-business and business-to-consumer agreements in Europe and the United States'. Simone was also the PhD dean of Tilburg Law School.

On 1 October 2011 Simone was appointed professor at the Center for Law and Digital Technology (eLaw). Until 2020, she was department chair of the Center for Law and Digital Technology (eLaw). Since January 2020 she is Scientific Director of the Institute for Metajuridica at Leiden University. Within the Centre for Law and Digital Technology (eLaw) she set up the Advanced Master Law and Digital Technologies and since 2014 she has been programme director of this advanced master and teaches in the field of children's rights and digital technologies. She is also involved as course coordinator and lecturer in the Master Youth Law and the Advanced Master International Children's Rights.

In 2012 Simone was visiting professor at the School of Information Management at Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand.
Simone is Vice-Chairperson of NICAM's Independent Complaints Committee (Kijkwijzer) and sits on the Advisory Board of the SIDN fund. She is also editor-in-chief of the Law & IT Series of Asser Press/Springer Press and a member of the Scientific Council for Media Literacy Policy. Finally, she chairs the Safer Internet expert group within ECP - Platform for the Information Society.

With her inaugural lecture entitled 'Digital children's rights: balancing autonomy and protection’ (in Dutch), Simone accepted her appointment as Professor of Law and Digital Technologies on 1 March 2013. In September 2015 Simone gave the opening lecture (in Dutch) of the faculty year 2014/2015 of Leiden Law School in the Hooglandse Kerk in Leiden. In April 2018 she gave the Thorbecke Lecture (in English) at Ghent University as part of the exchange between the faculties of law in Ghent and Leiden. On February 8, 2019, in honour of the 444th anniversary of Leiden University, she held the dies inaugural lecture entitled 'Klik, swipe, like... you are sold! Growing up in a world of surveillance capitalism’ (in Dutch) in the Pieterskerk Leiden

Research interests

The thread running through her research and education is the influence of technology on the legal position of the individual in various capacities (e.g. citizen, child, patient and consumer) and the interaction between legal, technical and social regulation in safeguarding and strengthening his position.

In her research projects she has focused on online safety for children (e.g. digital bullying, online privacy, online sexual abuse), the rights of the child in the digital world and the relevance of privacy policies for ensuring transparency and accountability in online interactions between consumers and businesses. Recently, her research focuses on the right to protect children from economic exploitation, with a particular focus on new forms of child labour (children as social media influencers, eSporters, YouTubers) and the online manipulation of children (e.g. new forms of digital marketing, dark patterns). In addition, she is interested in children and artificial intelligence (including e-learning and learning analytics, smart toys and robotics) as well as government risk profiling of children.

Academic Director, Professor of Law and Digital Technologies

  • Faculteit Rechtsgeleerdheid
  • Instituut voor Metajuridica
  • eLaw@Leiden

Work address

Kamerlingh Onnes Building
Steenschuur 25
2311 ES Leiden
Room number A1.55



  • Stichting Massaschade en Consument Lid van de Raad van Toezicht
  • NICAM Voorzitter adviescommissie
  • NICAM Vice-voorzitter onafhankelijke klachtencommissie NICAM (De Kijkwijzer)
  • SIDN Fonds Lid van de Raad van Advies
  • Wetenschappelijke Raad van het Nederlandse Mediawijsheid Lid van de raad
  • Asser Press Editor in chief Information Technology and Law Series
  • Stichting Telecommunicatierecht Voorzitter
  • Stichting Recht en Informatica Voorzitter
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