6 Mar 09:30
- 17:00

The GDPR and International Organisations: Issues of EU Law and Public International Law



The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) has implications for the work of international organisations, which raises fundamental questions about the relationship between EU law and public international law. Bringing together data protection experts and prominent experts from the worlds of both EU law and international law, this workshop will examine legal issues concerning the impact of the GDPR on international organisations.


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Co-Organised by Maastricht University (European Centre on Privacy and Cybersecurity)  – Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB/Brussels Privacy Hub) – K.U. Leuven (Institute for European Law).

Program of the Conference

9:30 Coffee and registration

10:00 Welcome and brief introduction of the topic: Prof. Christopher Kuner and Dr. Herke Kranenborg

10:15 Opening session: A dialogue between EU law and international law

  • Prof. Dr. August Reinisch, University of Vienna and UN International Law Commission
  • Peter Hustinx, former European Data Protection Supervisor
  • Discussion moderated by Prof. Christopher Kuner

11:30 Coffee break

11:45 Views from a public international law perspective: could the GDPR apply to IOs?

Moderator: Prof. Marise Cremona, European University Institute

13:00 Lunch (provided at the venue)

14:00 The GDPR and IOs: what rules apply?

Moderator: Dr. Jörg Polakiewicz, Council of Europe

  • Bruno Gencarelli, European Commission (DG JUST)
  • Dr. Matthias Schmidl, Deputy Director, Austrian DPA
  • Massimo Marelli, International Committee of the Red Cross
  • Claire Jervis, UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office

15:15 Coffee break

15:30 The way forward

Moderator: Wojciech Wiewiórowski, European Data Protection Supervisor

  • Christina Vasala Kokkinaki, International Organization for Migration
  • Caroline Goemans-Dorny, INTERPOL
  • Anna Buchta, EDPS
  • Prof. Gloria Gonzalez Fuster, VUB
  • Alisa Vekeman, European Commission (DG JUST)

16:45 Closing remarks: Prof. Christopher Kuner and Dr. Herke Kranenborg

17:00 End of program

Discussants from the audience
Zuzanna Gulczyńska, FWO Fellow, University of Ghent
Pieter Aertgeerts, K.U. Leuven

NOTE: All discussions are confidential and subject to the Chatham House Rule.

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This conference is supported by ALTEP-DP, a project funded by the Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB).