Alexander Beck and Christopher Kuner


Alexander Beck has been a Senior Legal Officer in UNHCR’s Division of International Protection over the last five years and was also UNHCR’s first Data Protection Officer. He since then moved on to become the Senior Protection Officer in UNHCR’s Branch Office in Algiers/Algeria. He holds the German bar exam, a Master in international law from the University Aix-Marseille, and an LL.M. in Public International Law from the University of Nottingham. The views expressed are the personal views of the author and may not necessarily be shared by the United Nations or by UNHCR. Dr. Christopher Kuner is professor of law at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB) in Brussels, and co-director of the Brussels Privacy Hub, a research centre at the VUB. He is also an affiliated lecturer at the University of Cambridge and a Visiting Professor at the London School of Economics and Political Science. Dr. Kuner is editor-in-chief of the journal International Data Privacy Law published by Oxford University Press, and taught this summer in the private international law section of the summer session of the Hague Academy of International Law.

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