LeADS Online Seminar with Prof. Papakonstantinou and Prof. De Hert

LeADS Online Seminar with Prof. Papakonstantinou and Prof. De Hert
“The Regulation of Digital Technologies in the EU: Act-ification, GDPR Mimesis and EU Law Brutality at Play”
Thursday, June 6th, 2024 – 2pm (CET)
Online participation link: Join the meeting
Join Prof. Vagelis Papakonstantinou and Prof. Paul De Hert in conversation around their new book, The Regulation of Digital Technologies in the EU: Act-ification, GDPR Mimesis and EU Law Brutality at Play (Routledge, 2024).
The regulation of digital technologies in the EU : act-ification, GDPR mimesis, and EU law brutality at play | Coleurope
EU regulatory initiatives concerning technology-related topics have spiked over the past few years. On the basis of its Priorities Programme, which is focused on making Europe ‘Fit for the Digital Age’, the European Commission has been busily releasing new texts aimed at regulating a number of technology topics, including data uses, online platforms, cybersecurity, and artificial intelligence.

Offering a comprehensive analysis, this book identifies three phenomena which are common to all EU digital technologies-relevant regulatory initiatives: act-ification, GDPR mimesis, and regulatory brutality. These three phenomena serve as indicators or early signs of a new European technology law-making paradigm that now seems ready to emerge. They divulge new-found confidence on the part of the EU digital technologies legislator, who has now asserted for itself the right to form policy options and create new rules in the field for all of Europe.

Vagelis Papakonstantinou is Professor of Personal Data Protection Law at the Faculty of Law & Criminology of the Free University of Brussels (VUB, Vrije Universiteit Brussel), focusing on cybersecurity, intellectual property and the broader topic of technology regulation. He works through the Cyber and Data Security Lab, for which he is the scientific coordinator, as well as through VUB’s Research Group on Law Science Technology & Society (LSTS) and the Brussels Privacy Hub.

Paul de Hert is Professor at the Faculty of Law & Criminology at the VUB and an associate professor at the Law School/Tilburg Institute for Law and Technology (TILT), University of Tilburg. He is Director of the VUB’s Research Group on Human Rights, Vice-Dean of the Faculty of Law & Criminology, and a former director of the LSTS and of the Department of Interdisciplinary Studies of Law.

ESR Mitisha Gaur at the DigiBooks “Safeguarding the Right to Good Administration in the Age of AI”

ESR Mitisha Gaur’s groundbreaking work, “The Adequacy of the AI Act’s Fundamental Impact Assessment in Cases of High-Risk AI Systems by Government Agencies,” has been featured in the thought-provoking e-book “Safeguarding the Right to Good Administration in the Age of AI,” published by The Digital Constitutionalist.

This compelling publication delves into the intricate landscape of integrating cutting-edge technologies into public sector decision-making. It also sheds light on the formidable challenges associated with regulating public power in the context of rapidly advancing AI systems. The book meticulously examines the potential risks to accountability, transparency, and fairness, and addresses the critical issues of discrimination, biases, and the broader implications for the humane aspect of public administration.

The full publication can be found here

LeADS ESRs at CPDP Conference


This year, LeADS will be present at the 17th Computers, Privacy & Data Protection – CPDP Conference that will take place in Brussels Belgium, offering cutting-edge discussions in legal, regulatory, academic, and technological development in privacy and data protection.

Prof. Paul De Hert, one of LeADS supervisors, is the Director and Founder of CPDP will give the Welcome and Introduction to the Conference. Moreover, Prof. Jessica Eynard, one of LeADS collaborators will join the panel AI for Privacy: Isn’t it Time to Switch Perspectives? Taking place at HT Petite On Wednesday 22nd 10:30 AM.

LeADS ESRs will be also present at CPDP. Tommaso Crepax will be a facilitator at the Workshop “Data Portability’s new horizons: AI, the DMA, and the quest for online sovereignty”. Taking place at the Machine Room on Wednesday 22, 10:30 AM.

Barbara Lazarotto will be a speaker at the Panel “AI in the Urban Landscape: Navigating Data Governance with Multiple Stakeholders” organized by Centro Nazionale IoT e Privacy, taking place on Thursday 23, 11:50 AM at HT Petite. At last, Barbara will also be a facilitator at the Workshop “B2B data sharing within the Data Act” happening on Wednesday 22, 11:50 AM at The Machine Room.


The full program can be found here

ESR Xengie Doan at CNIL Privacy Research Day 2024


ESR Xengie Doan will present her research on “Analysis of Transparency and User-relevancy of DTC Company Policies” at the Commission Nationale de l’Informatique et des Libertés – CNIL Privacy Research Day 2024, which will take place on June 4 in Paris.

This third edition of the Privacy Research Day will provide an opportunity to strengthen links between the academic world and regulators. Providing an opportunity for unprecedented exchanges between legal experts, IT specialists, designers, economists, and social science researchers, this day is aimed at a wide audience familiar with privacy and data protection.

Click here for the full program and registration