Upcoming events


30 May 2017  Lunchtime lecture: The Potential for Impact Assessments in eHealth and mHealth Projects

The use of Impact assessments has gradually become more common in areas of technological innovation or novel practices where questions of privacy arise. This trend will likely take further root given the requirement set forth by article 35 of the General Regulation on Data Protection (GDPR). This article requires that data controllers conduct an impact assessment in a number of instances, including where the rights and freedoms of data subjects are at risk. As this BPH presentation will discuss, the nature of such an impact assessment and the situations in which it is required make it ideal for use in projects related to eHealth and mHealth. Such projects frequently make use of large amounts of sensitive data and raise risks in terms of a number of important rights, including but not limited to rights linked to data protection. The broad nature of the impact assessment invoked in article 35 GDPR is suitable for not only considering questions linked to data protection and privacy but also issues related to stigmatisation, discrimination and other ethical issues that are often linked to health care projects. This presentation will discuss the potential use of impact assessments in such instances and discuss the benefits they can bring. It will also discuss the challenges that such a requirement will possess.

The programme is now available.

The workshop will be held from 12:00 - 14:00 at the Institute of European Studies. Lunch will be included. 

The event is free to attend but capacity is limited, so registration is required. For more information please contact 


15 June 2017 • Understanding the risk-based approach to data proteciton (PhD Defence: Raphael Gellert)


18u00, Promotiezaal D.2.01

Campus Brussels Humanities Sciences Engineering, Pleinlaan 2 1050, Brussels 

Promoters: Prof. dr. S. Gutwirth & Prof. dr. P. De Hert

Exam Committee: Prof. dr. M. Hildebrandt (VUB), Prof. dr. G. Gonzàlez Fuster (VUB), Prof. dr. C. Kuner (VUB), Prof. V. Heyvaert (London School of Economics and Political Science), Prof. R. Leenes (Tilburg University), Prof. D. Le Métayer (Inria, Lyon)



“Understanding the risk-based approach to data protection: An analysis of the links between law, regulation, and risk”


The main goal of this dissertation is to provide an understanding of what is commonly referred to as “the risk-based approach to data protection”. The analysis put forth is both conceptual and practical. It first puts the adoption of the risk-based approach into perspective, highlighting its theoretical and historical roots. It then goes on to describe the modalities of the adoption of the risk-based approach in the most prevalent data protection statutes (e.g., GDPR, PIPEDA, etc.). It also provides a number of methodological discussions and insights around the main tool used for the risk-based approach (i.e., so-called data protection impact assessments). Finally, it also contains a number of lessons gathered from the use of risk-based approaches in other fields.

28 June 2017 • Trans-Atlantic Data Privacy Relations as a Challenge for Democracy: Book launch and evening debate  

Presented by by the Centre for Direct Democracy Studies, University of Białystok;  Research Group on Law, Science, Technology & Society, Vrije Universiteit Brussel; and the Centre for Commercial Law, Bond University in cooperation with Brussels Privacy Hub and Intersentia

Time: 17:00 – 19:00

Venue:  Muntpunt, Place de la Monnaie 6, Bruxelles 1000

You are invited to join the launch of 'Trans-Atlantic data privacy relations as a challenge for democracy’ book, edited by Dan Svantesson and Dariusz Kloza (Intersentia, 2017). Inspired by the Snowden affaire and the fall of Safe Harbor, the book explores a wider picture of data privacy protection in relations between Europe and Americas as a challenge for democracy, the rule of law (Rechtsstaat) and fundamental rights. The book launch will take shape of panel discussions amongst its many authors as well as invited experts. It will look into these relations through the lens of the human rights protection and the role of the new data privacy law in the European Union. Michal Boni MEP will join with a keynote on the future of trans-Atlantic data privacy relations from the European Parliament’s viewpoint.

The programme is now available.

The event is free to attend but capacity is limited, so registration is required. For more information please contact 


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