‘Knitting together’ by Kristina Alexanderson via Flickr (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0)

Almost as a tradition, the end of February marks each year a visit of VUB-LSTS researchers to the International Legal Informatics Symposium (IRIS) held in Salzburg, Austria. The bilingual, German-English IRIS has been established as the largest and most important academic conference on computers and law in Austria and Central Europe.

This year, Prof. Dr. Paul De Hert, Antonella Galetta and Dariusz (Darek) Kloza will partake in the 19th edition thereof, which will take place on 25-27 February 2016 and which is devoted to the concept of “Networks”.

On Friday 26 February 2016 Paul De Hert will give a keynote on ‘The Internet from market place to network‘, followed by Antonella and Darek’s presentation on ‘Cooperation among data privacy supervisory authorities by analogy: lessons from parallel European cooperation mechanisms’.

The latter intervention falls into the framework of the PHAEDRA II project (Improving Practical and Helpful cooperAtion betweEn Data Protection Authorities II), where VUB-LSTS for the past months has conducted a comparative research what the notion of ‘cooperation’ of supervisory authorities in the (reformed) data privacy law in the EU can (still) learn from their counterparts in other areas of law with a view to increase its efficiency.

Antonella and Darek argue that cross-border cooperation among supervisory authorities in data privacy law needs to be strengthened due to expectations and hopes vested therein as well as to cope with the contemporary challenges of digitalized and globalized world. The quest for solutions habitually stays within the domain of data privacy law, but the notion of cooperation has been present also in other legal areas. A comparative analysis of parallel cooperation mechanisms, which have already achieved relative maturity, efficiency and success, offers lessons for overcoming inefficiencies in cooperation in data privacy law.

Their editorial, printed in the IRIS 2016 conference proceedings, can be freely downloaded here (PDF, 392 KB). Comments and suggestions, needless to say, are more than welcome. A corresponding deliverable within the PHAEDRA II project (D2.1) will be published shortly after the IRIS 2016 conference.


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