Hans Franken is one of the pioneers of information law in the Netherlands. After ten years practicing law as a barrister and judge in the district court of Rotterdam, he started his academic career in 1977 as a professor of jurisprudence at the Erasmus University Rotterdam that was continued as a professor of jurisprudence at Leiden University, where he developed the combination of law and information technology. He was Dean of the Law faculty in 1995 – 1998. Next to the academic activities he was a well known arbitrator and mediator in ICT-cases and chairman of the Association for conflict resolution in ICT-cases (SGOA).

Hans was a member of the State Council (1984-1987), the Social Economic Council (1988 – 2004) and from 2004 to 2015 he served as a member and vice-president of the Senate of the Netherlands. He was also a member and chairman of the Dutch delegation in the Parliamentary Assembly of the OSCE and the Council of Europe.

He published several books and more than 300 articles in scientific journals and is a member of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW). His preferred subjects for research are the legitimacy and effectiveness of law and governance and the effective protection of human rights in the information age.