1st European Data Protection Law Summer School: Getting to grips with the GDPR


The Brussels Privacy Hub organised the 1st European Data Protection Law Summer School, an innovative course onprivacy and personal data protection law at the heart of Europe. The programme explored privacy legal and institutional challenges in the European Union, and provide participants with in-depth examination of the upcomingGeneral Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and other EU data protection instruments - as well as global and, more specifically, transatlantic issues. With a clear multi-stakeholder dimension, it will introduce them to the multiple professional perspectives, human rights requirements and social aspects of EU-level privacy and data protection policy.  The course, promoted networking and provided participants with the opportunity to engage with the principal EU data protection institutions and actors. Teaching staff consisted of leading academics in European data protection law, public and private legal practitioners and policy makers from European institutions such as the European Data Protection Supervisor (EDPS).

Goals: Participants in the European Data Protection Law Summer School:

  • acquired 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;
  • gained first hand insights on 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: Summer school programme

Dates: 4-8 July 2016

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

Accommodation: The registration fee does not include accommodation.

Information about accommodation is provided below: 

Summer school organisers:

  • Professor Christopher Kuner, Summer School Co-Director
  • Professor Paul de Hert, Summer School Co-Director
  • Professor Gloria González Fuster, Programme 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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