The Katholieke Universiteit Leuven (KU Leuven), being the 5th European university in the 2010 Leiden bibliometic ranking and 5th in the competitive European Framework Programme for research (FP7, numbers of contracts awarded up until July 2012), has a rich tradition of learning and research for almost six centuries. Today, KU Leuven is a charter member of the League of European Research Universities (LERU), and European surveys rank KU Leuven among the top European universities in terms of research outputs: 626 Phd degrees (of which 232 for foreign PhD students) were awarded during the academic years 2010-2011, over 5199 international peer-reviewed publications were published in 2010, and 98 spin-off companies had been established at the end of 2011. In addition, KU Leuven carries out fundamental and applies research in all academic disciplines with a clear international orientation. Our annual research expenditures in 2011 were 364 million euro. KU Leuven employs 9.971 people, including 1.473 professors and 5.344 junior academics. More than 200 KU Leuven researchers are permanently working on information and communications technology related issues. They belong to different university departments all characterized by a strong tradition in multidisciplinary research on information and communications technology. Applied research is supported by the well-experienced KU Leuven Research & Development, one of the oldest and most renowned technology transfer offices in Europe.
The Centre for IT & IP Law is a research center at the Faculty of Law of the University of Leuven (KU Leuven), with currently a staff of over 40 researchers specialized in legal and ethical aspects of IT innovation and intellectual property.
Researchers working at the Centre for IT and IP Law focus on the fundamental re-thinking of the current legal framework, necessitated by the rapid evolution of technology in various fields, such as government, media, health care, informatics, digital economy, banking, transport, culture, etc. Their research is characterized by an intra- and extra-juridical interdisciplinary approach, constantly aspiring cross-fertilization between legal, technical, economic, ethical and socio-cultural perspectives.
The Centre for IT & IP Law has a solid track record as a law and ethics partner of large international and interdisciplinary research projects. It is internationally renowned for its expertise in the areas of data protection and privacy, health and care, intellectual property, media and communications, and (cyber)security.