Tilburg Institute for Law, Technology, and Society (TILT) Microsoft Fellowship

TILT Microsoft Fellowship:  “Conceptualizing Shared Control Over Data”

Tilburg Institute for Law, Technology, and Society
Tilburg University
Tilburg, The Netherlands



Increasing number of policy initiatives have to deal with the definitional problems surrounding data economy. Too often, the debate is presented as if the different categories of data (e.g. personal and non-personal; personal and machine generated; personally identifiable and organizational) were hermetically sealed and mutually exclusive, or if their co-existence constitutes an exception rather than a rule. In reality, it is suggested, the types of data are mixed, interlinked, and often entitlements of several parties overlap and thus apply at the same time. Any sharing of data in the data economy essentially multiplies these regulatory and business occurrences. Evermore data will be subject to a set of control entitlements of several parties, be it several companies (B2B), or individuals and companies (B2C). These B2B and B2C scenarios of joint control can come in different scenarios. The project studies how to conceptualize this shared control over data through the following research questions:

  • How can we define the notion of “physical” control of data as compared to “legal” control?
  • How can different entitlements of control, stemming from different regulatory regimes and contractual arrangements, be conceptualized when exercised together?
  • What lessons do the upcoming European co-regulatory initiatives offer for developing notions and governance principles for the space of co-controlled data?
  • What fundamental principles should govern the space of co-controlled data in order to reconcile objectives of different entitlements?

About the Fellowship

Time Frame

  • We offer a fellowship program that ranges from a minimum of 1 month to a maximum of 4 months within the period of March to June 2019. Interested candidates can apply on a rolling basis. However, the funds are limited and earlier applications are more likely to be successful.

Costs and Allowances

  • Fellows receive a 2500 EUR stipend per month to cover their living costs and 500 EUR travel budget per stay. In addition, Fellows will have access to TILT’s facilities free of charge during their stay. They are allocated an office space and are part of the vibrant academic life at the institute for the period of their stay.


  • The fellow will be expected to develop a proposal for a research project which will help to answer the questions stated in the outline and write a paper to be delivered by the end of the fellowship together with the research team at TILT (Dr. Martin Husovec, Dr. Inge Graef and others).


  • We are seeking talented people who completed their PhD in Law, are fluent in English and interested to pursue their future careers in academia. The desirable candidate has a strong background in intellectual property law and data economy, good knowledge of data protection and competition law and genuine interest in data innovation.

Required Documents

  • Curriculum vitae (max. 5 pages)
  • Research outline (explaining how you propose to answer the research questions stated in the call)
  • 1 publication (or its draft) in English
  • All application materials must be submitted to the email below. In case you have any questions, please contact us at m.husovec@uvt.nl.

About Tilburg Institute for Law, Technology, and Society (TILT)

The Tilburg Institute for Law, Technology, and Society (TILT) is a top player in the field of the regulation of technology and its normative implications. We conduct research into the legal and social implications of various emerging technologies such as ICT, bio- and nanotechnology, neurotechnology and robotics. A key feature of the institute’s research program is the interaction between legal, technological, and social perspectives. TILT is consistently ranked a top institute for research and education by national and international Legal Research and Education Assessment Committees.