Christopher Kuner is a partner in the Brussels office of the international law firm Hunton & Williams. Mr Kuner is Chairman of the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) Task Force on Privacy and Data Protection, and participates on behalf of the ICC in the work of other international organizations such as the Council of Europe and the United Nations Commission on International Trade Law (UNCITRAL).

Mr Kuner has served as a consultant to the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) on data protection issues, and is a visiting lecturer in data protection law at the Vienna (Austria) University of Economics and Business Administration. Mr Kuner is author of over two dozen articles in English and German on legal topics, as well as several books, including most recently the book ‘European Data Protection Law: Corporate Compliance and Regulation’ (Oxford University Press 2007).

His work at OII centres on conducting research for a major scholarly article on the private international law aspects of privacy and data protection on the Internet, and in particular, which privacy or data protection law should apply to online activities under European law, and which courts should have jurisdiction over such activities.

Research interests

law, data protection law, privacy law, private international law, electronic commerce

Positions held at the OII

  • Visiting Fellow, June – July 2009


  • Regulation of Transborder Data Flows in the Internet Age

    9 November 2010

    Since the OECD Privacy Guidelines were adopted 30 years ago, data protection laws have been enforced all over the world. This talk looks at policies underlying such laws, and whether such policies are in line with the realities of the Internet age.

  • Internet jurisdiction and data protection law

    15 June 2009

    The Internet lacks clarity of rules for determining jurisdiction over online activities. Clarifying questions of jurisdiction under data protection law can provide crucial insights into the issues of jurisdiction on the Internet in general.