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,
    • accountability,
    • 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 - 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:

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. 

  Early bird Standard
Professionals 1700 € 1900 €
Early career academic researchers 1500 € 1700 €
Civil society 1300 € 1500  €

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:

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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