Summer Academy for Global Privacy Law 2020


Summer Academy for Global Privacy Law 2020: Confronting the new Challenges

The Summer Academy for Global Privacy Law 2020 offers a unique programme on international and European privacy and data protection law, made available from Brussels to participants all over the world. Under the title ‘Confronting the New Challenges’, it will review the latest policy and legal developments and explore the state of global privacy law in light of the Covid-19 outbreak and its many implications.


From 22nd to 26th June 2020, the Summer Academy for Global Privacy Law will bring together internationally renowned lecturers, including academics, representatives of European Union (EU) institutions, data protection authorities (DPAs), private companies, lawyers and civil society. The Academy has a policy and legal focus, but integrates interdisciplinary perspectives to equip participants with the necessary insights to understand, and be able to shape, European and global privacy law.

The Summer Academy will engage participants in discussing key developments in the EU legal landscape and key issues under the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR); instruments such as the Council of Europe Convention 108+ and the European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR); and the main actors and institutions in the data protection and privacy world – encompassing perspectives from outside the EU and the crucial issue of international data transfers. It will notably review responses to the data protection challenges of new technologies such as Artificial Intelligence (AI).


Participation to the Summer Academy 2020 will take place exclusively online. Building on the successful experience of numerous editions of the European Data Protection Law Summer School, it will propose innovative ways of interacting in order to think together about the upcoming challenges of global privacy law.


Confirmed lecturers

Draft programme (confirmed sessions)

DAY 1 - Monday 22 June 2020

Day starts at 8:30 am

Welcome and Introduction to Summer Academy by Gloria González Fuster (BPH/LSTS/VUB)

Accountability in the GDPR and the caselaw of the CJEU by Christopher Docksey (EDPS)

AI and Data Protection by Mireille Hildebrandt (LSTS/VUB)

The Modernised Convention 108 by Sophie Kwasny (CoE) and Peter Kimpian (CoE)

Lunch break between 1:15 pm 2:15 pm

Latest development on ePrivacy by Joris Van Hoboken

(LSTS/VUB, IViR/UVA) and Rob van Eijk (FPF)

Ethics and AI Regulation by Jim Dratwa (EC)

Day wrap-up at 5:00 pm

DAY 2 - Tuesday 23 June 2020

Day starts at 9:00 am

Roles, responsibilities and liability under the GDPR by Brendan Van Alsenoy (EDPS)

Relations between data controllers and processors by Caroline Louveaux (Mastercard)

Getting Data Subject Rights Right: the right of access, right to erasure and right to object by Jef Ausloos (IViR/UvA)

Lunch break between 1:15 pm 2:15 pm

Data protection and the banking sector by Marta Borrat i Frigola (ABN AMRO)

Data protection & law enforcement: relations between GDPR & LED by Teresa Quintel (University of Luxembourg)

Day wrap-up at 5:00 pm

DAY 3 - Wednesday 24 June 2020

Day starts at 9:00 am

Covid-19 & EU data protection by Karolina Mojzesowicz (EC)

EDPS: Current priorities and challenges by Wojciech Wiewiórowski (EDPS)

Recent decisions of the Litigation Chamber of the Belgian DPA by Hielke Hijmans (Belgian DPA)

Lunch break between 1:15 pm 2:15 pm

Data protection at EU institutions and bodies by Juraj Sajfert (LSTS, VUB)

Data protection principles by Zoe Kardasiadou (EC)

Day wrap-up at 5:00 pm

DAY 4 - Thursday 25 June 2020

Day starts at 9:00 am

The territorial scope of the GDPR by Michal Czerniawski (EDPB)

Selected current topics in EU data transfers by Christopher Kuner (BPH/LSTS/VUB)

Data Protection in Humanitarian Action by Maria Elena Ciccolini (ICRC)

Lunch break between 1:15 pm 2:15 pm

Practical Session: Read & Assess Data Protection Notices by Gloria González Fuster (BPH/LSTS/VUB) and Laura Drechsler (FWO, BPH/LSTS/VUB)

The new Brazilian data protection framework by Luca Belli (FGV)

"Bring your own drink" Researchers Session by Paul De Hert (BPH/LSTS/VUB)

Day wrap-up at 18:30 pm

DAY 5 - Friday 26 June 2020

Day starts at 9:00 am

Automated decision-making and individual rights by Gianclaudio Malgieri (LSTS/VUB)

Enforcement and complaints: sharing of experience / the role of organisations by Romain Robert (noyb)

Privacy in the US by Jason Biros (LSTS/VUB)

Lunch break between 1:15 pm 2:15 pm

GDPR and new US Privacy Statutes and Bills: a comparative analysis by Gabriela Zanfir-Fortuna (FPF, LSTS/VUB)

Summer Academy Concluding Lecture by Paul Nemitz (EC)

Day wrap-up at 5:00 pm

Practical Information

When? The Summer School will take place from 22 to 26 June 2020.

Where? The participation to the Summer Academy will take place exclusively remotely. Timing in the programme refers to CET (Brussels time).

Language? English.

For whom? The summer academy is aimed at legal practitioners, public and private sector data protection professionals - including compliance officers, data protection officers, data policy officers - civil society professionals, early career academic researchers and others who work in the areas of privacy and data protection law. Prior familiarity with the field is required.

Certificate/ECTS? Participants will receive a certificate of attendance indicating that they have attended the full programme and 4 ECTS.

How to register? Places are limited in order to guarantee the best possible experience to all participants. If you wish to enrol, please express your interest by

sending a short motivation letter (max half page) and a biography (max half page) to Ms Alessandra Calvi ( by 12 May 2020. Selected participants will be able to register after confirmation, to be received by 19 May 2020.


Important dates:

12 May 2020 - deadline for the expression for interest by aspirant attendees

19 May 2020 - selected participants will be informed about the result of the selection procedure

22 to 26 June 2020 - Summer Academy

Registration fees:

Professionals: 500 €

Early Career Academics: 400 €

Civil Society: 300 €


Summer Academy organisers:

  • Professor Gloria González Fuster, Summer Academy Co-ordinator
  • Alessandra Calvi, Summer Academy Assistant

Further information: 

Alessandra Calvi

Brussels Privacy Hub,

Law, Science, Technology and Society

Vrije Universiteit Brussel 

Pleinlaan 2 

B-1050 Brussels 




Cancellation policy:

  • Cancellation must be done in writing.
  • Cancellation less than two weeks before the beginning of the summer academy: no refund available.

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