PLSC-Europe 2019 (Amsterdam) – Call for Abstracts

The 4th European Privacy Law Scholars Conference (PLSC Europe), organized by the Institute for Information Law (IViR), will be held Thursday and Friday, 24-25 October 2019, at the University of Amsterdam, the Netherlands.

Following the format of PLSC in the United States, PLSC Europe is a conference for discussing work in progress. There is no opportunity or obligation to publish connected to the conference. Our goal is simply to improve and provide support for in-progress scholarship. To do so, PLSC Europe assembles privacy law scholars as well as policy makers, practitioners and civil society experts from Europe and around the world to workshop and discuss papers. The conference is open to other than legal disciplines and values multi-disciplinary approaches.

The conference follows a format where a discussant, rather than the author, is assigned to kick off a discussion of the paper with the audience. We often pair junior scholars with senior colleagues in order to create mentorship opportunities. In the PLSC format, there are no panels or presentations by the authors. Instead, everyone is a “participant”, offering their best questions and insights to stimulate discussion on the draft scholarship.

The first PLSC-Europe was held in October 2015 in conjunction with the Amsterdam Privacy Conference, and the second one in May 2017, in conjunction with TILTing Perspectives 2017. From 2017 onwards, PLSC-Europe became a yearly event, alternating between the University of Amsterdam, Tilburg University, and Vrije Universiteit Brussel.


If you would like to workshop a paper, please submit a title, an abstract that grounds your work in a literature (see below), and high-level outline by 31 May 2019 via our conference submission system:

In writing your abstract, please connect to the relevant state of the art. We welcome novel approaches, but please do make explicit in which ways your approach departs from existing scholarship. Abstracts should be between 300-600 words and contain sufficient detail to review the approach and potential contribution of the work.

We require all submissions to be transparent about relevant sponsorship and conflicts of interest.

The program committee for the conference will review abstracts and acceptances will be made on 20 June 2019. Workshop versions of the paper are due 26 September 2019. We reserve the right to cancel workshops if the paper draft is not provided sufficiently in advance for meaningful evaluation by participants.

You can send an email to if you encounter any problems.


Microsoft will be sponsoring PLSC Europe.

We anticipate attracting some corporate sponsorship in order to help cover some of the basic costs for organizing the conference and being able to keep the registration fee low. It is our policy only to accept sponsors that agree to exert no influence or input on the substance of the program. Corporate sponsors will receive an invitation for some of their employees to attend the conference, and they will be named in the program and publicity materials as supporters, but they will receive no other benefits, i.e. no slots on the program, no membership of the program committee and no influence over the program otherwise. While PLSC Europe is primarily an academic event, it also values bringing academics together with practitioners and a variety of experts from other backgrounds, including policy makers, industry and civil society.


We welcome submissions and registration from all relevant backgrounds. Please note that conference participants will be expected to read the papers of the sessions they attend in advance to ensure high-quality discussions. Thus, please plan for sufficient preparation time in advance of the conference. The papers will be made available to conference participants on October 10th, 2019 at the latest. The conference fees are €150 and for PhD-students and NGO’s €75.


  • Regular: €150
  • Reduced (students & NGO): €75

Please register here online for the event.


  • Abstracts due: 23 May 2019 (extended deadline: 31 May 2019!)
  • Announcement of acceptance: 20 June 2019 (extended to 5 July 2019!)
  • Papers due: 26 September 2019
  • PLSC-Europe 2019 AMSTERDAM: 24 October (from 13:30) and 25 October 2019


Kristina Irion (
Joris van Hoboken (
Jef Ausloos (


  • Gloria Gonzalez Fuster – Law, Science, Technology & Society Studies (Vrije Universiteit Brussel)
  • Nadya Purtova – Tilburg Institute for Law, Technology, and Society (TILT)
  • Michael Veale – University College London (UCL)
  • Brendan van Alsenoy – KU Leuven Centre for IT & IP law
  • Anna Buchta – European Data Protection Supervisor (EDPS)
  • Sophie Kwasny – Council of Europe
  • Jörg Pohle – Alexander von Humboldt Institute for Internet and Society (HIIG)
  • Maja Brkan – Maastricht University
  • Orla Lynskey – London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE)
  • Sandra Wachter – Oxford Internet Institute
  • Franziska Boehm – FIZ Karlsruhe (KIT)
  • Alessandro Mantelero – Politecnico di Torino
  • Rikke Frank Joergensen – Danish Human Rights Institute
  • Frederik Zuiderveen Borgesius – University of Amsterdam & Radboud University
  • Margot Kaminski – University of Colorado
  • Gabriela Zanfir-Fortuna – Future of Privacy Forum
  • Athena Bourka – European Union Agency for Network and Information Security (ENISA)
  • Eva Lievens – Ghent University
  • Mònica Vilasau Solana – Universitat Oberta de Catalunya (UOC)
  • Dorota Glowacka – University of Lodz & Panoptykon
  • Seda Gürses – Katholieke Universiteit Leuven / TU Delft
  • Lee Bygrave – University of Oslo
  • Matthew Tokson – University of Utah
  • Meg Leta Jones – Georgetown University
  • Graham Greenleaf – University of New South Wales
  • Nico van Eijk – Institute for Information Law