Dr. Cristos Velasco San Martin is an attorney born in Mexico City and with vast experience in the fields of international trade, telecommunications and technology law. He received his Doctorate of Laws (PhD) with an outstanding Suma Cum Laude note unanimously from Universidad Carlos III of Madrid in February 2011; a Masters of Laws in International Trade Law (LLM) from the James E. Rogers College of Law of the University of Arizona in December 2001; and an LLB (Licenciatura en Derecho) from Universidad Del Valle de Mexico in December 1997. He also holds postgraduate specializations in Business Law from Instituto Tecnologico Autonomo de Mexico (ITAM) and in International Trade Law from Universidad Panamericana (UP), respectively.
He has lectured on areas related to Internet regulation, electronic commerce, information privacy and data protection and cybercrime regulation at ITAM, and as guest lecturer in other Mexican universities. He was one of the architects of the first legislation on e-commerce and e-signatures in Mexico, and has participated in many workshops and seminars organized by the Mexican Congress and Federal Ministries and Federal and State authorities in charge of privacy, data protection, cybercrime and information security in Mexico.
He is the founder and coordinator of Ciberdelincuencia.Org a non-profit organization launched in September 2008, the purpose of which is to facilitate and promote the exchange of information and best practices in the field of cybercrime and information security among legal and public policy experts in Latin-America. Ciberdelincuencia.Org currently functions as a platform for the dissemination and sharing of information, publications, policy and law initiatives and news on cybercrime and information security across Latin America.
In Germany, he is an independent consultant and organizes seminar-lectures on the legal aspects of information technologies and Internet regulation at the Duale Hochschule Baden-Württemberg (DHBW) in Mannheim. He holds the following certifications:
- Certified Information Privacy Professional Europe (CIPP/E) from the International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP).
- Data Protection Supervisor in Germany (Datenschutzbeaufragter Zertificat DSB-TÜV) from TÜV SÜD Akademie (2013).
- Certificate on cybercrime investigations and the use of electronic evidence from the European Commission (2009).
- Training certification on technical and legal aspects of cybercrime for Judges and Prosecutors from the Academy of European Law (ERA) (2013).
Former Ontario’s Information and Privacy Commissioner appointed him “Privacy by Design Ambassador in Mexico” in November 2011. He is also a Fellow Member at the European Privacy Association (EPA).
He is the author of many articles and publications on the intersection between law, technology and policy published in renowned law journals, books, magazines, newspapers and websites in North America, Europe and Latin America. Among his two main publications are two books edited in English and Spanish, respectively: “Cyber Law in Mexico” the fifth edition of which was published by Wolters Kluwer Law & Business in March 2016; and “Jurisdicción y Competencia Penal en relación al Acceso Transfronterizo en Materia de Ciberdelitos” (Criminal Jurisdiction and Cross-Border Access on Cybercrime) published by the Spanish publisher Tirant lo blanch in January 2016. He has been a guest researcher at the Max-Planck Institute for Foreign and International Criminal Law in Freiburg, Germany and at the Interdisciplinary Centre for Law and ICT (ICRI) of the Catholic University of Leuven in Belgium.
He is regularly invited to participate as an expert in workshops and seminars of international and regional organizations related with the analysis of legal and international policies in the fields of cybercrime, information security, privacy and data protection like the Council of Europe (CoE), the Organization of American States (OAS), the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) and the United Nations, as well as in academic seminars and national and international conferences in said fields.
Cristos has lived, studied and worked in Mexico, United Kingdom, United States, Canada, Germany, Belgium and Spain. He is a big fan of alternative rock and independent music and he practices soccer, basketball and tennis and loves attending art exhibitions and tasting international gastronomy.