PLSC-Europe 2019 (Amsterdam)

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.



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 (
Saba Sluiter (


Thursday, October 24th
13:00-14.15Plixavra Vogiatzoglou (KU Leuven). Limiting the limitations: the purpose specification principle in article 8 ECFR
Tom Norton (Fordham University), Joel Reidenberg (Fordham University), Norman Sadeh (Carnegie Mellon University) and Abhilasha Ravichander (Carnegie Mellon University) . Evaluating How Global Privacy Principles Answer Consumers’ Questions About Mobile App Privacy
Svetlana Yakovleva (University of Amsterdam), Wessel Geursen (Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam) and Axel Arnbak (University of Amsterdam). Towards a coordinated enforcement of data-related rules by data protection, competition and consumer authorities
Gloria González Fuster (Vrije Universiteit Brussel) and Olga Gkotsopoulou (Vrije Universiteit Brussel). Sex, life, and data protection: An exploration
Raphaële Xenidis (European University Institute and Utrecht University). Equality in the age of artificial intelligence: Is EU anti-discrimination law up to the challenge?
Robert Riemann (no affiliation (until approved by employer)). Peer-to-Peer Protocols and Data Protection in the European Union
Alexandra Giannopoulou (University of Amsterdam). Data protection by design on the blockchain
14:45-16:00 Seda Gürses (Delft University of Technology and KU Leuven). Privacy By Design: A matter of labor
Gabriela Zanfir-Fortuna (Future of Privacy Forum) and Stacey Gray (Future of Privacy Forum). A Taxonomy of Fairness in Transatlantic Privacy and Data Protection Law
Marijn Sax (University of Amsterdam) and Jef Ausloos (University of Amsterdam). From Game to Content Delivery Platform: An Investigation of Fortnite’s Manipulative Practices
Meg Jones (Georgetown University) and Margot Kaminski (University of Colorado). An American’s Guide to the GDPR
Francesca Pichierri (FIZ-Karlsruhe). Online manipulative practices for electoral gain and the danger to democracy: opening a discussion on regulation
Lilian Edwards (Newcastle University) and Michael Veale (University College London). Regulating Unreality
Katja de Vries (Lund University). A two-directional relation between Artificial Intelligence and Constitutional Rights?
16:30-17:45 Gianclaudio Malgieri (Vrije Universiteit Brussel). A linguistic comparison of the concept of Fairness in the GDPR: towards a vulnerability-aware interpretation of (un)fairness as imbalance
Oshrat Ayalon (Tel Aviv University) and Eran Toch (Tel Aviv University and Cornell Tech). Making Privacy-by-Design User-Centered: Challenges and Methods for Involving Users in Privacy Engineering Processes
Salome Viljoen (Harvard University) and Ben Green (Harvard University). Algorithmic Realism: Embedding the Social in Technological Thought
Maja Brkan (Maastricht University). European Democracy and Free Elections in the age of Artificial Intelligence
Ari Waldman (New York University). Privacy Discourse
Eric Lachaud (Tilburg University). Adhering to GDPR codes of conduct: a possible option for SMEs to GDPR certification
Smarika Lulz (Humboldt University of Berlin). Who Are we Unwilling to Hear?: A Problematisation of GDPR’s “Right to Explanation” as a Means to Algorithmic Accountability
Friday, October 25th
9:30-10:45Laura Drechsler (Vrije Universiteit Brussel). Adequacy decisions under the Law Enforcement Directive: “the same but different” compared to GDPR adequacy
Reuben Binns (University of Oxford) and Michael Veale (University College London). Is That Your Final Decision? Multi-Stage Profiling and Selective Significance under EU Data Protection Law
Josephine Williams (University of Amsterdam) and Kristina Irion (University of Amsterdam). Now you see me, now you don’t: International trade and geo-governance of facial recognition technology
Karolina Galezowska (University of Warsaw). Right to explain: the Polish approach
Dan Burk (University of California, Irvine). Algorithmic Legal Metrics
Wenlong Li (University of Edinburgh) and Karen Gregory (University of Edinburgh). Restoring Gig Workers to Power: Personal Data Portability, Supply of Digital Content and Free Flow of Data in the European Data Economy
Eleni Kosta (Tilburg University). A two-tier European data protection framework: a critical reflection on the choices of the European legislator post- Lisbon
11:15-12:30Nicolo Zingales (University of Leeds), Inge Graef (Tilburg University) and Martin Husovec (Tilburg University). Joint controllership & joint responsibilities: a concept in need of limiting principles
Neil Richards (Washington University) and Woodrow Hartzog (Northeastern University). Privacy’s Constitutional Moment
Paddy Leerssen (University of Amsterdam). The soap box is a black box: regulating social media recommender systems through data protection and media law
Orla Lynskey (London School of Economics). A Rule of Reason in EU Data Protection Law
Ignacio Cofone (McGill University) and Katherine Strandburg (New York University). Strategic Games and Algorithmic Transparency
Raphael Gellert (Tilburg University). Organising the regulation of algorithms: comparative legal lessons
Sunoo Park (Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Harvard Law School). “Going Dark” in Developing Countries
13:30-14:45Tom Dobber (University of Amsterdam), Ronan Fahy (University of Amsterdam) and Frederik Zuiderveen Borgesius (University of Amsterdam). The Regulation of Online Political Microtargeting in Europe
Sandra Wachter (University of Oxford). Affinity Profiling and Discrimination by Association in Online Behavioural Advertising
Gavin Phillipson (University of Bristol). The unguided balance between free speech and privacy under the new GDPR ‘right to be forgotten’: a role for free speech theory?
Blagovesta Betty Pirelli (Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne), Seda Gurses (Delft University of Technology and KU Leuven) and Carmela Troncoso (Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne). Privacy technologies meet Software Engineering: on the challenges of privacy engineering in an Agile world
Federica Casarosa (European University Institute). The collective redress of data protection in the Regulation 2016/679 – a step forward towards transnational collective actions?
Sebastian Benthall (New York University) and Jake Goldenfein (Cornell Tech). What is Socio-Political Emancipation in the Control Paradigm?
Jenneke Evers (Leiden University). Dissecting the support for SyRI: A discourse analysis of the debate about data-driven law enforcement
15:15-16:30Mara Paun (Tilburg University). Diagnosis: Regulatory disconnection – Time to reorganize data protection law?
René Mahieu (Vrij Universiteit Brussel), Hadi Asghari (Delft University of Technology) and Joris van Hoboken (University of Amsterdam). Investigating an ecology of transparency: Experiences of the right of access in practice.
Carl Vander Maelen (Ghent University). Codes of (Mis)conduct? An Appraisal of Articles 40-41 GDPR
Katrina Ligett (Hebrew University of Jerusalem) and Kobbi Nissim (Georgetown University). Ground Rules and Goals for Data Co-ops
Chris Hoofnagle (University of California, Berkeley). Political Economy of the Quantum Information Age
Cristiana Santos (University Toulouse 1-Capitol), Célestin Matte (Institut National de Recherche en Informatique et en Automatique) and Nataliia Bielova (Institut National de Recherche en Informatique et en Automatique). How to comply with European law on cookies? A legal-technical approach
Jon Penney (University of Toronto and Harvard University) and Danielle Citron (Boston University). When Law Frees Us To Speak


  • 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


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.


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.