Enforcing Europe Webinar Series

Enforcing Europe - Webinar Series 1

The Webinar Series is co-organised with the University of Luxembourg

within the framework of the joint research project MATIS (co-funded by FWO and FNR).

The Webinar Series is in media partnership with Privacy Laws & Business

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.


The first series of six webinars will be hosted by Juraj Sajfert (VUB/University of Luxembourg) the researcher of the MATIS project. The host will, together with his guests, dive into the challenges the European law enforcement authorities are facing in the Digital Era. The focus on those authorities seems like a logical start to the 'Enforcing' series. Yet, in the complex contemporary environment, those authorities often stretch the boundaries of their regulatory sandboxes and question some of the basic EU law principles and concepts, including the jurisprudence of the Court of Justice of the European Union.



Webinar 1 - 19 November 2020

The CJEU judgments in Privacy International and La Quadrature du Net and others - the return of the walking dead?

With Juraj Sajfert, Catherine Van de Heyning (Antwerp University) and Christian Viese Svanberg (data protection officer of the Danish Police)

Webinar 2 - 8 February 2021

Does the EU need to urgently adopt the Interim Regulation on the processing of personal and other data for the purpose of combatting child sexual abuse online?'

With Juraj Sajfert, Cathrin Bauer-Bulst (European Commission, DG HOME, Cybercrime Unit), Alan Butler (EPIC) and Michela Palladino (Facebook)


Webinar 3 - 5 March 2021

How to exercise data subject rights under the Law Enforcement Directive (EU) 2016/680?

With Juraj Sajfert, Laura Drechsler (FWO/VUB), Plixavra Vogiatzoglou (KU Leuven), Stefano Fantin (KU Leuven), Clara Guerra (Portuguese Data Protection Authority)

Webinar 4 - 21 April 2021

EU legislation on e-evidence – what is inside the (Pandora’s) box?

With Juraj Sajfert, Anže Erbežnik (European Parliament, LIBE committee secretariat), Marco Stefan (Centre for European Policy Studies), Luc De Houwer (Belgian Federal Prosecutor’s Office), Elisa Sason (Dutch Permanent Representation to the EU)

Webinar 5 - 12 May 2021

Fifth anniversary of the EU PNR Directive – la route vers la CJUE

With Juraj Sajfert, Catherine Forget (lawyer from Brussels, representing la Ligue des Droits Humains in the PNR case before the CJEU), Vagelis Papakonstatinou (VUB)

Webinar 6 - 9 June 2021

Law enforcement access to financial data – off the beaten track

With Juraj Sajfert, Chiara Bacci (European Commission, DG FISMA, Financial Crime),Max Braun (Director of CRF (Financial Intelligence Unit), Luxembourg), Maxime Lassalle (postdoctoral researcher, Max Planck Institute for the Study of Crime, Security and Law), Mario Guglielmetti (European Data Protection Supervisor, Policy and Consultation Unit)

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