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Eva Lievens is an Assistant Professor of Law & Technology at the Law Faculty of Ghent University and a member of the Human Rights Centre. From 2003 until 2015, she was a member of the KU Leuven Centre for IT and IP Law (CiTiP, previously the Interdisciplinary Centre for Law & ICT).
Eva obtained her law degree at the University of Ghent in 2002 and a Masters degree in Transnational Communications and Global Media at Goldsmiths College, London in 2003. She defended her PhD in law titled “Regulatory instruments for content regulation in digital media – A prospective study on the protection of minors against harmful content” in June 2009. A recurrent focus in her research relates to protection of minors in digital media, human / children’s rights and alternative regulatory instruments, such as self- and co-regulation.
Eva is a member of the the Flemish Regulator for the Media, the Strategic Advisory Committee for Media (“SARC Sectorrraad Media”), the Belgian Film Evaluation Committee (“Commissie Filmkeuring”), and the Advisory Committee for Telecommunications (“Raadgevend Comité voor de Telecommunicatie”). She has also been a member of various working groups advising the Federal and Flemish government (for instance with respect to the right to reply in the digital media environment, cyberbullying and the adoption of a labeling and classification system for audiovisual content).
Eva was the director of the Postgraduate Studies in ICT & Media Law programme from 2010 until 2012 and the programme coordinator of the Master in IP & ICT Law at KU Leuven Campus Brussels from 2012 until 2015. In that programme, she still teaches the course Public Government & Cybercrime Law. At Ghent University, Eva teaches Media Law and Copyright Law to students in Communication Sciences.
Eva regularly publishes, presents and lectures about her research interests. She is the associate editor for the International Encyclopaedia of Laws – Media Law (edited by Prof. Peggy Valcke) and is a member of the editorial committee of Auteurs & Media (Larcier). She is also a contributor for Belgium for theEuropean Audiovisual Observatory IRIS newsletter.




POSITION Professor Law & Technology Ghent University, Guest professor KU Leuven

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WORKING DAYS Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday

OFFICE HOURS On appointment

CONTACT HOURS On appointment

VISITING ADDRESS Voldersstraat 5, 9000 Ghent, Belgium

POSTAL ADDRESS Ghent University, Campus Aula, Universiteitstraat 4, 9000 Ghent, Belgium


  • Professor of Law and Technology (2015-ongoing)
  • Guest Professor, Ghent University, Communications Sciences Department (2013 – 2015)
  • Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Scientific Fund Flanders, Interdisciplinary Centre for Law & ICT, KU Leuven (2011 – ongoing)
  • Programme Coordinator Advanced Masters in Intellectual Property Rights & ICT Law (2012 – ongoing)
  • (Doctoral) Researcher, Interdisciplinary Centre for Law & ICT, KU Leuven (2003 – 2011)


University Degrees

  • Doctor in Law, KU Leuven, Belgium, 2009
  • Master in Transnational Communications and Global Media at Goldsmiths College, Goldsmiths College, London, United Kingdom, 2003
  • Law Degree, Ghent University, Belgium, 2002

Additional (inter)national (human rights) courses taken

  • PCMLP/Cardozo Summer Course ‘Legal responses to new communications technologies’, August 2003, Oxford University, Oxford, United Kingdom


  • Media Law & Copyright (Ghent University)
  • Public Government & Cybercrime Law (KU Leuven, Brussels Campus)


  • BOF PDM Kort, KU Leuven (Bijzonder Onderzoeksfonds – Special Research Fund), 2010 – 2011
  • Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Research Foundation – Flanders, 2011 – ongoing


  • Member of the Flemish Regulator for the Media (2016 – ongoing)
  • Member of the Strategic Advisory Committee for Media (‘SARC Sectorrraad Media’) (2013 – present)

  • Member of the Belgian Film Evaluation Committee (“Commissie Filmkeuring”) (2007 – present)
  • Member of the Advisory Committee of the BE SIC II-project (EU Safer Internet Programma) (2012 – 2014)
  • Associate editor of the International Encyclopaedia of Laws – Media Law (edited by Prof. Dr. Peggy Valcke)
  • Member of the editorial board of the journal “Auteurs & Media” [Larcier] [in Dutch]
  • Member of the editorial board of the “Praktijkboek Recht & Internet” [Vanden Broele] [in Dutch]
  • Contributor to the IRIS newsletter for Belgium
  • Member of the European Communication Research and Education Association (2013 – present)


  • (European) Media Law
  • Copyright Law
  • Freedom of expression
  • Children’s rights
  • Cybercrime
  • Legal implications of new media


  • Lievens, Eva, “Bullying and sexting in social networks: Protecting minors from criminal acts or empowering minors to cope with risky behaviour?”, International Journal Crime, Law & Justice 2014, Vol. 42, Iss. 3, 251-270
  • Wauters, Ellen, Lievens, Eva and Valcke, Peggy, “Towards a better protection of social media users: a legal perspective on the terms of use of social networking sites”, International Journal of Law and Information Technology 2014, Vol. 22, No. 3, 254-294
  • Lievens, Eva, “Children and peer-to-peer risks in social networks: regulating, empowering or a little bit of both?”, in: van der Hof, Simone, van den Berg, Bibi, Schermer, Bart (eds), Minding Minors Wandering the Web: Regulating Online Child Safety, Information Technology & Law Series, Springer Press / Asser Press, 2014
  • Valcke, Peggy, Voorhoof, Dirk & Lievens, Eva, “Independent Media Regulators: Condition sine qua non for Freedom of Expression?”, in: Irion, Kristina, Valcke, Peggy & Schulz, Wolfgang (eds), The Independence of the Media and Its Regulatory Agencies: Shedding New Light on Formal and Actual Independence Against the National Context, Intellect, 2013, 55-82
  • Demeyer, Karel, Lievens, Eva and Dumortier, Jos, “Blocking or removing illegal content: Analysis from a technical and legal perspective”, Policy & Internet 2012, Vol. 4, Iss. 3-4, pp. 1-23
  • Lievens, Eva & Valcke, Peggy, “Regulatory trends in a social media context”, 557-580, in: Price, Monroe & Verhulst, Stefaan, Routledge Handbook of Media Law, Routledge, 2012, 616 p.
  • Lievens, Eva, “The use of alternative regulatory instruments to protect minors in the digital era: applying freedom of expression safeguards”, Netherlands Quarterly of Human Rights 2011, Vol. 29, No. 2, 164-188
  • Lievens, Eva, “Risk-reducing regulatory strategies for protecting minors in social networks”, Info – The journal of policy, regulation and strategy for telecommunications, information and media 2011, Vol. 13, No. 6, 43-54
  • Lievens, Eva, Protecting Children in the Digital Era: The Use of Alternative Regulatory Instruments, Leiden / Boston, Martinus Nijhoff Publishers, 2010, 584 p.
  • Lievens, Eva & Valcke, Peggy, Media Law in Belgium, in: International Encyclopaedia of Media Law, Alphen a/d Rijn, Kluwer Law International, 2010, 152 p.

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