European Technology Law and Human Rights
Member of the STeP- Security, Technology & e-Privacy Research Group, University of Groningen
Dr. Oskar Josef Gstrein has studied law and philosophy in Innsbruck, Austria and obtained the Magister iuris and the Magister philosophiae diplomas. In the summer term of 2008 he studied the law of the European Union at the Humboldt University in Berlin where he also participated in seminars at the faculty of philosophy. In one of the seminars he dealt with the topic of the representation of personality in social networks.
In the year 2009 he did an internship in the European Parliament in Brussels, Belgium with visits to Strasbourg, France. In 2011 he finished the LL.M. programme at the Europa-Institut in Saarbrücken, Germany where he subsequently became research associate. His thesis was awarded with the Hans-Werner Osthoff Prize for excellent achievements by young scientists and published. He is author of numerous articles in the field of European Integration and co-editor of the book "The EU between 'an ever closer Union' and Inalienable Policy Domains of Member States". He gained specific expertise in questions of Human Rights Protection in the Digital Context, European Constitutional Law and International Public Law. He also participated in the "General and Specialized Courses on Human Rights Law" at the European University Institute in Florence, Italy in June 2015.
During his PHd Project entitled "The Right to be forgotten as a human right - is there a future for human dignity in the Digital Age?" he published several articles on the subject. The thesis was defended in November 2015 and awarded the grade "summa cum laude".
Since the October of 2015 he is a post-doc research fellow at the Security, Technology & e-Privacy (STeP) Research Group at the University of Groningen (http://www.rug.nl/research/groningen-centre-for-law-and-governance/onderzoekscentra/step-research-group/?lang=en) reporting to the co-directors of STeP: the Chair in European Technology Law and Human Rights, Professor Jeanne Mifsud Bonnici and the Chair in European Information Policy & Technology Law, Professor Joe Cannataci. Part of his duties are expected to be linked to assisting Prof Cannataci in his work as UN Special Rapporteur for Privacy (http://www.ohchr.org/EN/Issues/Privacy/SR/Pages/SRPrivacyIndex.aspx) and Overall Co-ordinating person for the MAPPING Project (http://mappingtheinternet.eu/).