Patrick Van Eecke, Lic.Iur., LL.M., is a lawyer and leads the e-business department of the international law firm DLA Piper, which has 4200 lawyers in 30 countries and more than 60 offices.
Patrick Van Eecke is recommended by the Legal 500 and the European Legal Experts as one of the top lawyers in ICT law in Belgium. He is ranked as 1st Belgian lawyer in the "Guide to the World's Leading Technology, Media & Telecommunications Lawyers" and is also in the world's Top 20.
In 2000-2001, Patrick was a research fellow at the Law School of Stanford University, California, and he wrote his PhD on the legal aspects of the digital signature. He is extensively involved in various research and consulting projects for the European Commission and several national governments. Until June 1999, he was advisor to the Minister of Justice on the legal aspects of the information society and he was involved in the implementation of electronic signature-related legislation, computer criminality, and eavesdropping on electronic communication.
Patrick Van Eecke is the author of several legal articles and books on computer crime, electronic signatures, electronic contracting and privacy. Patrick is editor of the Belgian Revue de Droit Commercial (Larcier), the international Journal of Internet Law (Kluwer), the Belgian-Dutch Computerrecht (Kluwer) and the British Computer Law and Security Review (Elsevier). His most recent book "Recht & elektronische handel" was published by Larcier.
Patrick is a regular speaker at national and international conferences, he is often asked to comment on Internet law-related issues in national and international press, e.g. very recently in The Guardian on the Safe Harbour Agreement. He is also a columnist in the Belgian quality newspaper De Standaard about law and e-business.
Patrick is a professor at the University of Antwerp, teaching European Information and Communications Law. He is also a guest lecturer on Internet law at various universities, such as Solvay Business Institute, Kings College London and Queen Mary University of London (LL.M. Information Technology Law).
Patrick is member of the Brussels bar (since 1994) and is an associate member of the American Bar Association.