KU Leuven is the largest Belgian academic institution and one of the oldest European universities as it was founded in 1425. With a research expenditure of € 365 million in 2012, the KU Leuven is a leading research university in Europe. KU Leuven is also a member of the League of European Research Universities (LERU), a group of twenty European research-intensive universities committed to the values of high-quality education in an internationally competitive research environment. More than 200 KU Leuven researchers are permanently working on information and communications technology related issues. They belong to different university departments with a strong tradition in multidisciplinary research on information and communications technology issues.
The Interdisciplinary Centre for Law & ICT (www.icri.be) is a research centre at the Faculty of Law of KU Leuven dedicated to advance and promote legal knowledge about the information society through research and teaching of the highest quality in the areas of Data Privacy and Information Security Law, New Media and Communications Law, Information Rights Management. Its research is focused on the design of innovative legal engineering and risk management techniques and is characterized by its intra- and interdisciplinary approach, constantly aspiring to cross-fertilization between legal, technical, economic and socio-cultural perspectives. By conducting groundbreaking legal research in a spirit of academic freedom and freedom of inquiry, ICRI aspires to a place among the centres of excellence in the area of law & ICT in Belgium, Europe and beyond. ICRI is also among the founding members of The LEUVEN Center on Information and Communication Technology (LICT) and iMinds (www.iminds.be). ICRI’s current staff counts 3 professors, 1 research coordinator, 1 project manager, 4 postdoctoral researchers, 23 doctoral and legal researchers, 3 administrative assistants and 5 affiliated researchers.