Jan Kleijssen

Jan Kleijssen

Director, Information Society - Action against Crime, Council of Europe

Jan joined the Council of Europe in 1983 as a Lawyer with the European Commission of Human Rights. Subsequently he served in the Parliamentary Assembly and as Director of the Secretary General's Private Office.

He is currently Director of Information Society - Action against Crime. His Directorate carries out standard-setting, monitoring and co-operation activities on Freedom of expression, Data protection, Artificial Intelligence, Internet governance, Cybercrime, Terrorism, Criminal law, Fighting corruption and money laundering.

Jan has been Council of Europe Internet Governance Coordinator since 2018.

Onalytica, a marketing software platform, in July 2019 included Jan among the Top 100 influencers on the regulation of new technologies.

In 2021 Jan was invited to be a member of the panel for the Mid-Term Review of the Advanced Masters programmes, Leiden Law School and the Msc International Relations and Diplomacy, Faculty of Governance and Global Affairs. He regularly presents his directorate’s work to universities worldwide.

Besides his mother tongue Dutch, Jan is fully fluent in English, French, German and Italian.