School of Transnational Governance

Professor Madeleine de Cock Buning joins the Faculty

The Chair of the European Commission's High-Level Expert Group (HLEG) on fake news and disinformation will lead work on Digital Politics, Economy and Societies at the STG.

Prof. Madeleine de Cock Buning joins the School of Transnational Governance as a part-time Professor. In her role at the European University Institute, Professor de Cock Buning will lead work on Digital Politics, Economy and Societies at the School of Transnational Governance.

Professor de Cock Buning was Chair of the European Commission’s High-Level Expert Group (HLEG) on fake news and disinformation, assigned to provide the commission with options on how to react to the dissemination of fake news both online and offline. Dr. Prof. de Cock Buning is appointed professor at the Faculty of Law, Economy and Governance (UU) with a chair in Copyright Law and Media and Communication Law.

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“Professor de Cock Buning is at the forefront of research and policy analysis regarding the challenges brought by the digital transformation of global society and economics," said Miguel Maduro, Director of the School of Transnational Governance. "We are thrilled to have her at the School of Transnational Governance.”

The research and lectures of De Cock Buning centrers on the regulation and governance of disruptive technology; e.g. on the regulation of the exchange of information through digital media, with an emphasis on the importance of access to independent and diverse information for the rule of law. In her work on topics such as intellectual property and big data, the amplification of disinformation through digital platforms, autonomous creation by artificial intelligence and the online protection of minors against harmful content, she aims at developing future proof and well balanced multidimensional approaches.

Madeleine de Cock Buning said, "Given the multidimensional approach in my work, I am especially honoured to be appointed at the European University Institute's STG because it brings the worlds of academia and policy-making together thereby providing a balanced context for policy-making increasingly transcending national borders."

In addition to her other experience, Professor de Cock Buning was Chair of the European Regulators Group for Audiovisual Media Services (ERGA) and is President of the Board of Commissioners at the Dutch Media Authority. She is an Honorary Judge of the Court of Appeal in The Hague, panellist of the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) and Chair of the Advisory Committee on Copyright to the Dutch Ministry of Security and Justice.