The multidisciplinary Research Group on Law, Science, Technology & Society (LSTS) was created in 2003 as an independent entity within the Faculty of Law & Criminology at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB).
With more than 47 researchers at all levels of experience, LSTS has become a prominent European research institute in the area of technology regulation. LSTS has a well-established reputation in research concerning privacy and data protection, an area where the work done by LSTS researchers is highly influential. Other research areas at LSTS concern the impact of technologies and surveillance on fundamental rights in the Information Society, Intellectual property rights as they relate to the use of ICTs, the changing nature of law (digital legal theory) and the role of law in relation to science, technology and politics. LSTS and its staff have wide experience with conducting research projects of both a basic and an applied nature. To the extent needed, the core team can also draw upon the expertise of further staff members as well as the general resources of the Vrije Universiteit Brussel