Jan Kleijssen

Jan Kleijssen

Jan Kleijssen

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

Jan Kleijssen joined the Council of Europe in 1983 as a Lawyer with the European Commission of Human Rights. Subsequently he served in the Parliamentary Assembly, as Director of the Secretary General’s Private Office and Special Advisor to the President of the Parliamentary Assembly. 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, and Fighting corruption and money laundering.

Jan has been Chair of the Council of Europe’s Disciplinary Board since 2015, and Council of Europe Internet Governance Coordinator since 2018. The Secretary General appointed Jan to lead the work on the proposals for the future of the Council of Europe which were discussed at the Ministerial Session in Helsinki in May 2019, celebrating the 70th Anniversary of the Council of Europe. Onalytica, a marketing software platform, in July 2019 included Jan among the Top 100 influencers on the regulation of new technologies. Besides his mother tongue Dutch, Jan is fully fluent in English, French, German and Italian. He takes a great interest in history and cinema and is also a keen marathon runner.