Our people

Axel Arnbak

Senior Associate

  • Profession
    Advocaat, admitted to the Bar in the Netherlands
  • Expertise
    Financial Institutions, Privacy and Data Security
  • Languages
    Dutch, English, Danish
  • Education
    University of Amsterdam (PhD law, MA information law), Research Fellow at Harvard Law School and Computer Science Faculty at Princeton University, Leiden University (BA law).


Axel Arnbak assists companies with their data privacy, data management and data security needs. He provides strategic advice that aligns commercial goals with legal compliance and enforcement obligations. His recent work includes advising clients on consumer analytics, big data strategies, cloud computing and the internet of things, as well as preventing and mitigating cyber attacks, government surveillance and cyber insurance.


Axel is an internationally noted expert in his field and stands out among lawyers for his technical understanding of today’s information society. He is an affiliate researcher at the Institute for Information Law (University of Amsterdam). Axel obtained his doctorate in 2015 with his book ‘Securing Private Communications’, the first ever Ph.D. thesis on European cybersecurity law, published by Kluwer Law International in 2016. His academic work has been published by globally recognized journals in law and computer science and has been covered by a.o. the Financial Times, CBS News, and the Wall Street Journal. Axel is a columnist at the Dutch Financial Times and he is regularly invited to address the European and Dutch Parliament on current matters and to give workshops on ‘how the internet works’.


Axel was a 2014/15 Research Affiliate and a 2013/14 resident Research Fellow at Harvard University’s Berkman Center and at the Center for Information Technology Policy, Princeton University. From 2009 until 2011, Axel was a core member of the team that re-started Dutch digital rights organization Bits of Freedom and revitalized European Digital Rights.

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