Cihan holds a LL.M. in Law & Technology from Tilburg University (cum laude 2016). His Master thesis examined the legal protection of internet communication metadata in the US, UK, EU and Germany in light of the right to secrecy of communication. He also holds the degree Diplom Jurist from Free University Berlin, upon passing the First Legal State Examination in Berlin (2013).
Before starting his doctoral research at VUB, he worked as a student-assistant and intern at the Tilburg Institute for Law, Technology, and Society (TILT), performing research on German criminal-procedural law in relation to new technological developments and privacy for the microMole project (EU Horizon 2020) and Prof. Bert-Jaap Koop’s VICI project. From 2014-2015 he has worked as a legal consultant.
His research is focused on implications of technological developments in terms of legal problems and solutions, especially concerning the fields Cybercrime, Cybersecurity, Surveillance, European Criminal Law, Data Protection & Privacy. At VUB his research will also comprise mutual legal assistance, extraterritorial jurisdiction and sovereignty in cyberspace.
Besides his research as a doctoral candidate, Cihan will work on the LIVE_FOR project at VUB. He is a member of the research groups Fundamental Rights and Constitutionalism (FRC) and Law Science Technology & Society (LSTS).