Summer school


3rd European Data Protection Law Summer School: Putting the GDPR into Practice & in Context


The Brussels Privacy Hub is proud to announce the 3rd European Data Protection Law Summer School, which will take place between 25 - 29 June 2018. Building on the success of the first two years, and under the title ‘Putting the GDPR into Practice & in Context’, the 3rd European Data Protection Law Summer School will equip participants to adequately tackle the implementation of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and prepare them for the many challenges ahead. This practical dimension will be combined with a more general exploration of the evolving global and European privacy landscape, with a particular emphasis on transatlantic issues, and current policy debates.


The Brussels Privacy Hub’s European Data Protection Law Summer School has a marked multi-stakeholder character, and stimulates networking opportunities allowing participants to engage with the principal EU data protection institutions and actors in Brussels. Teaching staff will consist of leading academics in EU data protection law, public and private legal practitioners and representatives of key EU institutions such as the European Data Protection Supervisor (EDPS).



Participants in the European Data Protection Law Summer School will:


  • acquire solid knowledge of the European data protection landscape, and in particular General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and other key existing and upcoming EU data protection legal instruments, as well as relevant case law, covering key issues such as:
  • obligations of data controllers and processors,
  • accountability,
  • data subject rights,
  • extraterritorial scope of the law,
  • 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;g
  • gain first hand insights on the functioning of EU-level privacy and personal data protection law.


Keynote Speaker


Paul Nemitz - Principal Advisor to the Director General for Justice and Consumers of the European Commission. @paulnemitz


Confirmed Lecturers



The provisional programme is now available. Please note that the programme may be subject to change.


Practical Information


Date: 25-29 June 2018


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: Registration is now available.

NB: The number of places is limited to 35 places.


Registration information can be found below. The deadlines for registration are as follows:


Early bird registration: 30 March 2018

Standard registration: 1 June 2018










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 school organisers:


  • Professor Gloria González Fuster, Summer School Co-ordinator
  • Laura Drechsler, Summer School Assistant


Further information:


Laura Drechsler

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 school: 100% refund
  • Cancellation less than one month before the beginning of the summer school: 250 euros.
  • Cancellation less than two weeks before the beginning of the summer school: no refund available.


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