In 1995, Simone van der Hof graduated in Dutch Law (specialization Criminal law and private law practice, specializing in intellectual property law) from the University of Utrecht. Then from 1995-1996 she worked as a researcher at the Molengraaff Institute for Private Law, ICT and Law section, University of Utrecht. Subsequently, from 1996-2011 she worked at the Tilburg Institute for Law, Technology, and Society (TILT), University of Tilburg. Simone received her doctorate there in 2002 with a thesis entitled “International agreements online – private international law aspects of online business-to-business and business-to-consumer contracts in Europe and the United States.”
As of October 2011, Simone was appointed professor at the department of eLaw — Center for Law and Digital Technologies. She is head of eLaw and program director of the Advanced Master Law and Digital Technologies. She is also a key lecturer at the executive master Cybersecurity Academy and course coordinator and lecturer in Youth Law Master and the Advanced Master International Children’s rights.
In 2012 Simone was a visiting professor at the School of Information Management at Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand. Simone is a member of the Complaints Committee of the NICAM (Kijkwijzer; age classification of audiovisual media) and serves on the Advisory Board of the SIDN fund. She is also editor-in-chief of the Law & IT Series of Asser Press / Springer Press and of counsel at Corvers Procurement Services.
Common thread in her research and education is the influence of technology on the rights of individuals in various capacities (eg citizen, child, patient and consumer) and the interaction between legal, technical and social regulation in safeguarding and strengthening their position. In recent research she focuses on online safety for children (including topics such as cyberbullying, online privacy and online sexual abuse), the rights of children in the digital world and the relevance of ‘privacy policies’ for ensuring transparency and accountability in online interactions between consumers and businesses. On 1 March 2013, Simone van der Hof held her inaugural lecture entitled “Digital children’s rights: balancing autonomy and protection’.