Simone van der Hof has been associated with the Centre for Law and Digital Technology (eLaw) as a full Professor of Law and Digital Technology since October 2011.
In 1995, she graduated from Utrecht University in Dutch law (specialisation in criminal and private law practice, specialisation in intellectual property law). From 1995-1996, she subsequently worked as a researcher at the Molengraaff Institute for Private Law, ICT and Law section, University of Utrecht.
Subsequently, from 1996-2011, she was associated with the Tilburg Institute for Law, Technology, and Society (TILT) at Tilburg University as a researcher, university lecturer and ultimately associate professor. There, Simone obtained her doctorate in 2002 with the thesis entitled ‘International online agreements – International private law aspects of online business-to-business and business-to-consumer agreements in Europe and the United States’. Simone was also the PhD dean of Tilburg Law School.
On 1 October 2011 Simone was appointed professor at the Center for Law and Digital Technology (eLaw). Until 2020, she was Head of Department of the Center for Law and Digital Technology (eLaw). Since January 2020 she is the Academic Director of the Institute for Metajuridica at Leiden University. Within the Center for Law and Digital Technology (eLaw) she set up the Advanced Master Law and Digital Technologies and since 2014 she has been Programme Director of this advanced master and teaches in the field of children’s rights and digital technologies. She is also involved as Course Coordinator and lecturer in the Master Child Law and the Advanced Master International Children’s Rights.
She is also editor-in-chief of the Law & IT Series of Asser Press/Springer Press and a member of the Scientific Council for Media Literacy Policy. Finally, she chairs the Safer Internet expert group within ECP – Platform for the Information Society. With her inaugural lecture entitled ‘Digital children’s rights: balancing autonomy and protection’ (in Dutch), Simone accepted her appointment as Professor of Law and Digital Technologies on 1 March 2013.