21 December 2021

Quo vadis, data retention? The indeterminable quest for proportionality

This is the first hybrid roundtable in the Enforcing Europe Series 2.

The Series is organised by the joint research project MATIS of the Vrije Universiteit Brussel and the University of Luxembourg (co-funded by FWO and FNR), in cooperation with the Brussels Privacy Hub.

The Series has a media partnership with EDRi

Article 2 of the Treaty of the European Union enumerates the values the European house is founded upon. Some of those values, like democracy, rule of law and respect for human rights are reflected in principles such as the equality of Union citizens, the Union citizenship, or the binding effect of the Charter of Fundamental Rights. These principles and rights are then further developed in Union's secondary law, such as the General Data Protection Regulation.

However, without proper enforcement, EU law risks becoming a dead letter. When the foundations are weakened, the entire building becomes shaky. This webinar series will, therefore, be interested in how does (or does not) the EU protect its foundations and make sure that the values, principles, and rules of primary law are respected and enforced in the secondary law and in the Member States.

Date&Time: 21 December 2021,  9h45-12h (Brussels/Luxembourg time)

Hybrid venue: Luxembourg University, FDEF, 4 Rue Alphonse Weicker, 2721 Luxembourg, room TBD and online participation.



9h45-10h: introductory remarks by Mark Cole (Uni.Lu) and Paul de Hert (VUB)

10h-10h40: 3 interventions:

Noémie Levain (La Quadrature Du Net)

Daniel Reiffers (Police Grande-Ducale Luxembourg) TBC

Herke Kranenborg (European Commission/Maastricht University)

10h40-11h10: 3 discussants:

TJ McIntyre (University College Dublin/Digital Rights Ireland)

Catherine Van der Heyning (Antwerp University/Antwerp Prosecutor)

Eleni Kosta (Tilburg University)

11h10-12h: roundtable discussion moderated by Juraj Sajfert (VUB/Uni.Lu) with free participation from both present people and those online.

12h: Catering lunch

Registration: The event is free to attend but registration is required. Register here!

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