Senior Privacy Counsel
Privacy and Data Protection


Dr. Christopher Kuner is Senior Privacy Counsel in the Brussels office of Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati, where his practice focuses on European and international data protection and privacy compliance.

Christopher successfully negotiated the European Commission's landmark adequacy decisions regarding the standard contractual clauses for controller-to-controller and controller-to-processor transfers, and has drafted a binding corporate rules (BCRs) application checklist approved by the Article 29 Working Party. For 20 years, he has assisted multinational clients in complying with the requirements of European data protection law.

Christopher served for ten years as vice chairman of the Commission on the Digital Economy of the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) in Paris. He is a frequent speaker and author on related topics and serves as the editor-in-chief of International Data Privacy Law, a journal published by Oxford University Press.

In addition, Christopher is a professor of law and co-chair of the Brussels Privacy Hub at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB). He also has served as a Visiting Fellow at the Oxford Internet Institute and is an Honorary Fellow of the Centre for European Legal Studies of Cambridge University and a Visiting Fellow at the London School of Economics. He is involved in leading international organizations dealing with privacy issues, such as the Council of Europe and the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD). His writings have been cited by leading international courts, including the Court of Justice of the European Union, the German Federal Supreme Court (Bundesgerichtshof), and a leading U.S. federal district court. He is a member of the European Commission Expert Group, which supports the application of the EU General Data Protection Regulation (EU) 2016/679.

Prior to joining the firm, Christopher was a partner in the Brussels office of Hunton & Williams. Earlier in his career, he worked in the Brussels office of Morrison & Foerster and in the Frankfurt and Stuttgart offices of German law firm Gleiss Lutz. He is fluent in German and English.

  • Doctorate in Law, Tilburg University Law School (The Netherlands), 2013
  • LL.M., International Legal Studies, New York University School of Law, 1991
  • J.D., Notre Dame Law School, 1984
    Editor-in-Chief, Notre Dame International and Comparative Law Journal
  • B.A., Classics, Lawrence University, 1980
    Cum Laude
  • Visiting Professor, London School of Economics
  • Member, Data Retention Experts Group, European Commission, 2013-2014
  • Recognized as a leading practitioner in EU Privacy in The International Who's Who of Internet, E-Commerce & Data Protection Lawyers 2012
  • Honorary Fellow, Centre for European Legal Studies, Cambridge University
  • Honored among the "Best Law Firm Writers of 2010" by the Burton Foundation
  • Recognized as a "leader in his field" in the 2006-2008 and 2010 editions of Chambers Global
  • Named the "go-to person for EU privacy" in Computerworld's "Best Privacy Advisers in 2008" survey
  • Member, European Commission Expert Group (to support the application of the EU General Data Protection Regulation (EU) 2016/679), 2017-present
  • Former Vice Chairman, Commission on the Digital Economy, International Chamber of Commerce
  • Founder and Former Chairman, European Privacy Officers Forum
  • Honorary Associate Professor, Faculty of Law, University of Copenhagen (Denmark), 2013-present
  • Fellow, Tilburg Institute for Law, Technology and Society, Tilburg University (The Netherlands), 2010-2013
  • Visiting Lecturer and Fellow, Cambridge University, 2012-
  • Former guest lecturer in data protection and IT law, Vienna University of Economics and Business Administration (Austria), 2004-2011
  • Visiting Fellow, Oxford Internet Institute, Oxford University, 2009
  • Speaker, 38th International Conference of Data Protection and Privacy Commissioners, Marrakesh, Morocco, October 2016
  • Speaker, 33rd International Conference of Privacy and Data Protection Commissioners, Mexico City, Mexico, November 2011
  • Speaker, International Data Protection Conference of the Hungarian EU Presidency, Budapest, Hungary, May 2011
  • Presenter, "Study for DG Internal Market of the European Commission on the Interaction of EU Data Protection Rules and Online Copyright Enforcement," European Commission Roundtable, Brussels, Belgium, November 2010
  • Steering Committee Member and Chairman of Panel on Conflict of Laws and Data Protection, 32nd International Conference of Privacy and Data Protection Commissioners, Jerusalem, October 2010
  • Presenter, "Regulation of Transborder Data Flows under Data Protection and Privacy Law: Past, Present and Future," OECD Working Group on Information Security and Privacy, Paris, France, October 2010
  • Speaker, 31st International Conference of Privacy and Data Protection Commissioners, Madrid, Spain, November 2009
  • Speaker, European Commission Data Protection Conference, Brussels, Belgium, May 2009
  • Brussels Bar B-List
  • State Bar of New York

Contact Information

Rue Montoyer 47
1000 Brussels, Belgium 
Phone | +32 2 274 57 20

Email | Christopher Kunerckuner@wsgr.com

Areas of Expertise

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