Mireille Hildebrandt started her academic life with a taste of cultural anthropology, later switching to law. She took her law degree from Leyden University in the Netherlands and defended her PhD thesis in the philosophy of criminal law at Erasmus University Rotterdam, integrating legal anthropology and legal history to develop a hermeneutic phenomenology of punishment. She is Associate Professor of Jurisprudence at the Erasmus School of Law. Since 2002 she has been seconded as senior researcher to Law Science Technology and Society (LSTS) at Vrije Universiteit Brussels, presently working on a 5 year research project that she co-authored on 'Law and Autonomic Computing: Mutual Transformations', see at http://www.vub.ac.be/LSTS/research/lawandautonomiccomputing.pdf. As coordinator of Profiling within the EU funded network on the Future of Identity in Information Society FIDIS (www.fidis.net), she has been working on the implications of emerging technologies like Ambient Intelligence for central tenets of democracy and the rule of law. Her research interests concern the relationship between the emerging socio-technical infrastructure (internet, Web 2.0, Ambient Intelligence) and the autonomy of the human subject that is both presumed and produced by constitutional democracy.
As of January 2011 she also holds the Chair 'Smart Environments, Data Protection and the Rule of Law' at the Institute of Computer and Information Sciences (ICIS) at Radboud University Nijmegen.