Summer Academy


Summer Academy for Global Privacy Law 2020

The Brussels Privacy Hub (BPH), building on the successful experience of the European Data Protection Law Summer School, is launching the Summer Academy for Global Privacy Law, a prestigious meeting point for scholars and practitioners from Europe and beyond. The Summer Academy will allow participants to update their knowledge on international and European privacy and data protection law, by reviewing the latest policy and legal developments, as well as upcoming trends and challenges, and by interacting with regulators and thought leaders from the EU and beyond.


During five days, the Summer Academy for Global Privacy Law will bring together internationally renowned lecturers, including academics, representatives of European Union (EU) institutions, data protection authorities (DPAs), private companies, lawyers and civil society. The Academy has a policy and legal focus, but will integrate interdisciplinary perspectives to equip participants with the insights to understand, and be able to shape, European and global privacy law. It will use its unique location in Brussels, the capital of the data protection world, to give students deep insight into the law, policies, and procedures of EU data protection law. This will include coverage of how the EU is coping with the data protection challenges of new technologies (such as AI).

The Summer Academy will  cover in particular the EU legal landscape and key issues under the GDPR; related instruments such as the Council of Europe Convention 108+ and the European Convention on Human Rights; and the main actors and institutions in the data protection world. In addition, it includes lecturers from outside the EU, and coverage of important global issues as well, In particular those relating to international data transfers. The sessions at the Summer Academy will be interactive, and will give students the opportunity to learn from the BPH’s renowned group of privacy faculty, including Prof. Paul De Hert, Prof. Christopher Kuner, and Prof. Gloria Gonzalez Fuster.   




Side Events

Inaugural event

Keynote Speech by Dr Andrea Jelinek (Chair of the European Data Protection Board)

Practical Information

Date: 22-26 June 2020

Location: U-Residence of the Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB), access via Bld Géneral Jacques 271, 1050 Ixelles, Belgium

Language: English.

Target audience: The summer academy 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/ECTS: Participants will receive a certificate of attendance indicating that they have attended the full programme and 4 ECTS

Registration: Registrations are now open! Click here to register!

Early Bird Registration:

Professionals: 1800 €

Early Career Academics: 1600 €

Civil Society: 1300 €

Standard Registration:

Professionals: 2000   €

Early Career Academics: 1800  €

Civil Society: 1500 €

The deadlines for registration are as follows:


  • Early bird registration: Friday 3 April 2020
  • Standard registration: Friday 12 June 2020


The registration fee does not include accommodation. Information about accommodation is provided below:

The VUB U-residence provides accommodation on the VUB Campus:

Other accommodation is available in Brussels:

Summer Academy organisers:

  • Professor Gloria González Fuster, Summer Academy Co-ordinator
  • Alessandra Calvi, Summer Academy Assistant

Further information: 

Alessandra Calvi

Brussels Privacy Hub,

Law, Science, Technology and Society

Vrije Universiteit Brussel 

Pleinlaan 2 

B-1050 Brussels 




Cancellation policy:

  • Cancellation must be done in writing.
  • Cancellation one month before the beginning of the summer academy: 100% refund
  • Cancellation less than one month before the beginning of the summer academy: 250 euros.
  • Cancellation less than two weeks before the beginning of the summer academy: no refund available.

The Brussels Privacy Hub would like to acknowledge the collaboration and assistance of the following organisations:

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