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.
Presently she holds the chair of Smart Environments, Data Protection and the Rule of Law at the Institute for Computing and Information Sciences (iCIS) at Radboud University Nijmegen. She is Associate Professor of Jurisprudence at the Erasmus School of Law and since 2002 she has been seconded part-time to the Centre for Law Science Technology and Society (LSTS) at Vrije Universiteit Brussels. 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 constitutionaldemocracy. Together with Serge Gutwirth she edited 'Profiling the European Citizen' (Springer 2008) and with Antoinette Rouvroy 'Law, Human Agency and Autonomic Computing' Routledge 2011).