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 deal with the many challenges that lie ahead when the EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) enters into force in May 2018. 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 (including the ongoing review of the EU E-Privacy Directive).

The Brussels Privacy Hub’s European Data Protection Law Summer School has a marked multi-stakeholder character, and allows participants to network 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.

GoalsParticipants in the European Data Protection Law Summer School:

  • will acquire solid knowledge of the EU data protection landscape, and in particular EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and other key EU data protection legal instruments, covering key issues such as:
    • obligations of data controllers and data processors (including accountability)
    • data subject rights,
    • data protection and privacy impact assessments (DPIAs),
    • data breach notifications,
    • Data Protection Officers (DPOs),
    • the role of Data Protection Authorities (DPAs) and the European Data Protection Board (EDPB);
  • will understand the legal challenges of privacy from a European perspective, with special focus on transatlantic discussions;
  • will gain first hand insights into the functioning of EU-level privacy and personal data protection law.  

Keynote Speaker:



Paul Nemitz - Director for Fundamental rights and Union citizenship in the Directorate-General for Justice and Consumers of the European Commission. The free movement of people in Europe, data protection, fight against hate speech and racism and rights of the child are key responsibilities of his Directorate. @paulnemitz 



Confirmed lecturers:

Programme: The provisional programme is now available. Please note that the programme may be subject to change. 

Summer School Testimonies:

  • "Interesting & experienced speakers giving practical advice"
  • "the summer school program was detailed and interesting. The teachers were all experts in data protection and the lessons were very stimulating"
  • "My overall impression is very good and I really enjoyed very much the atmosphere of the organisers and the co-students."

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. 




Participants can register for the course by completing the Registration Form.

NB: The number of places is limited to 30 places.

The deadlines for registration are as follows: 

  • Early bird registration: 31 March 2017
  • Standard registration:  2 June 2017
  Early bird Standard
Professionals 1700 € 1900 €
Early career academic researchers 1500 € 1700 €
Civil society 1300 € 1500 €

Accommodation: The registration fee does not include accommodation.

Summer school organisers

  • Professor Gloria González Fuster, Summer School Co-ordinator 
  • Amy Weatherburn, Summer School Assistant

Previous summer schools

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.

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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