5 March 2021

How to exercise data subject rights under the Law Enforcement Directive (EU) 2016/680?

This is the third webinar in the new Enforcing Europe - Webinar Series 1.

The Webinar Series is co-organised with the University of Luxembourg within the framework of the joint research project MATIS.

The Webinar Series is in media partnership with Privacy Laws & Business.


Article 2 of the Treaty of the European Union enumerates the values the European house is founded upon. Some of those values, like democracy, rule of law and respect for human rights are reflected in principles such as the equality of Union citizens, the Union citizenship, or the binding effect of the Charter of Fundamental Rights. These principles and rights are then further developed in Union's secondary law, such as the General Data Protection Regulation.

However, without proper enforcement, EU law risks becoming a dead letter. When the foundations are weakened, the entire building becomes shaky. This webinar series will, therefore, be interested in how does (or does not) the EU protect its foundations and make sure that the values, principles, and rules of primary law are respected and enforced in the secondary law and in the Member States.


In the third webinar, we will focus on the Law Enforcement Directive (EU) 2016/680 (LED), who has lived a somewhat shadowed existence. Its ‘beautiful sister’, the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), took all the limelight and resources. To counterbalance this trend, we will take a deeper look at one aspect of the LED that seems the most revolutionary compared to the previous regime under the Council 2008 Framework Decision: the rights of the data subject.

We will discuss both the recent empirical research on exercising the rights under the LED, and experiences from the perspective of data protection authorities, active on the national and the EU level.


The webinar will take an interactive approach with two rounds of questions with participation possibilities for the audience after a short setting the scene by the moderators.


Reading material:

Plixavra Vogiatzoglou, Katherine Tavárez, Stefano Fantin, Pierre Dewitte, From Theory To Practice: Exercising The Right Of Access Under The Law Enforcement And PNR Directives, 11 (2021) JIPITEC 274 para 1. (https://www.jipitec.eu/issues/jipitec-11-3-2020/5191)




  • Laura Drechsler (FWO/VUB)
  • Juraj Sajfert (VUB/University of Luxembourg) 



  • Plixavra Vogiatzoglou (KU Leuven)
  • Stefano Fantin (KU Leuven)
  • Clara Guerra (Portuguese Data Protection Authority)



Time: 12:30 - 14:00 (Brussels time)

Venue: online. The platform, together with the link to attend the event, will be communicated to the registered participants in due course.

Registration: The event is free to attend but registration is required. Should you face any difficulties with the registration form, please send an e-mail to info@brusselsprivacyhub.eu

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