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Dr Xavier Tracol

Data Protection


Dr Xavier Tracol has been working as Senior Legal Officer at EUROJUST since September 2008. Based in the Hague, the Netherlands, Xavier specifically works in the Data Protection Service which involves focusing on EU privacy and personal data protection law and litigation in the specific context of investigations and prosecutions of serious crime. It also involves participating in inspections and audits of the legal order and practice of third states to assess the level of protection of personal data, to determine whether they meet the applicable requirements of ensuring in fact an adequate level of protection and to ultimately conclude co-operation agreements concerning the exchange of information including personal data with them. Xavier also participates in the Security Committee of EUROJUST.

From April 2000 to September 2008, Xavier worked as Appeals Counsel with the Office of the Prosecutor of the United Nations International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia. He has previously been practising law as an attorney at the Bar of Paris.

Xavier lectures in EU law on the LLM programme at the University of Grenoble Alpes, France. He regularly chairs and speaks at both international and national conferences and seminars. He has also been contributing to EU projects such as the European Informatics Data Exchange Framework for Courts and Evidence.

Xavier holds a Diploma in English Law from the University of Kent, UK, a LLB in European Law obtained with honours, a LLM in Human Rights and Civil Liberties, a PhD in Public Law obtained with the highest academic distinction, and a professional Certification for Data Protection Officers and other data protection professionals.

His publications in both English and French include chapters of books and legal articles on international criminal appeal proceedings, respect for privacy and protection of personal data. His articles on EU law and litigation in English have been published in the Computer Law & Security Review, the Common Market Law Review, Privacy Laws & Business ­– International Report and European Public Law. Xavier has a particular interest in the case law of the Court of Justice of the EU, fundamental rights, mass surveillance, data retention, law enforcement and legal risk management.