Summer school 2017


2nd European Data Protection Law Summer School:

The GDPR is Now

The Brussels Privacy Hub is proud to announce the 2nd European Data Protection Law Summer School, which will take place between 26 - 30 June 2017. Building on the success of the inaugural 2016 session, and under the title ‘The GDPR is Now’, the 2nd European Data Protection Law Summer School will equip participants to adequately tackle the advent of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and prepare them for the many challenges ahead. This practical dimension will be combined with a more general exploration of the evolving global and European privacy landscape, with a particular emphasis on transatlantic issues, and current policy debates.

The Brussels Privacy Hub’s European Data Protection Law Summer School has a marked multi-stakeholder character, and stimulates networking opportunities allowing participants to engage with the principal EU data protection institutions and actors in Brussels. Teaching staff will consist of leading academics in EU data protection law, public and private legal practitioners and representatives of key EU institutions such as the European Data Protection Supervisor (EDPS).

Goals: Participants in the European Data Protection Law Summer School will:

acquire solid knowledge of the European data protection landscape, and in particular General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and other key EU data protection legal instruments, covering key issues such as

extraterritorial scope of the law,


data protection and Privacy Impact Assessments (PIAs),

the role of the Data Protection Officer (DPO),

future challenges for Data Protection Authorities (DPAs) and the European data protection board;

understand the legal challenges of privacy from a European perspective, with special focus on transatlantic discussions;

gain first hand insights on the functioning of EU-level privacy and personal data protection law. 

Final programme

The final programme is now available.

Keynote speaker

Paul Nemitz - Principal  Advisor  to the Director General for  Justice and Consumers of the European Commission.  @paulnemitz

Confirmed lecturers

Cecilia Alvarez (Pfizer)

Cedric Burton (Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati)

Paul de Hert (Brussels Privacy Hub/LSTS/VUB)

Claire Gayrel (EDPS)

Gloria González Fuster (LSTS/VUB)

Hielke Hijmans (LSTS/VUB)

Meg Leta Jones (Georgetown University)

Christopher Kuner (Brussels Privacy Hub/VUB)

Caroline Louveaux (Mastercard)

Massimo Marelli (International Committee of the Red Cross Data Protetion Office)

Vagelis Papakonstantinou (BPH/LSTS/VUB)

Paul Quinn (BPH/LSTS/VUB)

Romain Robert (EDPS)

Juraj Sajfert (European Commission)

Heidi Waem (NautaDutilh)

Brendan van Alsenoy (Belgian Privacy Commission)

Walter van Holst (Edri)


Practical Information

Date: 26-30 June 2017

Location: Institute for European Studies (IES) of the Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB), Pleinlaan 5, B-1050, Brussels.

Language: English.

Target audience: The summer school 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: Participants will receive a certificate of attendance indicating that they have attended the full programme.

IAPP Accreditation: The summer school has been approved by the IAPP. A maximum of 12 CPEs are  available for IAPP certified attendees.

Registration: Please note that the summer school is now full.

Cancellation policy:

Cancellation must be done in writing.

Cancellation one month before the beginning of the summer school: 100% refund

Cancellation less than one month before the beginning of the summer school: 250 euros.

Cancellation less than two weeks before the beginning of the summer school: no refund available.


The registration fee does not include accommodation. Information about accommodation is provided below:

The VUB U-residence provides accommodation on the VUB Campus:

Other accommodation is available in Brussels: and

Summer school organisers:

Professor Gloria González Fuster, Summer School Co-ordinator

Amy Weatherburn, Summer School Assistant

The Brussels Privacy Hub would like to acknowledge the collaboration and assistance of the following organisations in organising the Summer School:

European Data Protection Supervisor (EDPS)

VUB's Law, Science, Technology and Society (LSTS) Research Group

International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP)

Further information

Amy Weatherburn

Brussels Privacy Hub, Law Science and Technology,

Building B,

Vrije Universiteit Brussel

Pleinlaan 2

B-1050 Brussels




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