Law Research Centre

2020 Conference



Data Protection Imperialism and
Digital Sovereignty:
Transatlantic Perspectives

International Conference convened by
Federico Fabbrini, Edoardo Celeste and John Quinn
Hosted by the Law Research Centre
at Dublin City University
5 th – 6 th March 2020
Conference Programme


Thursday 5th March 2020

14.00-14.30 Registration Grant Thornton 13-18, City Quay, Dublin Docklands, Dublin

14.30-14.45 Introduction

Prof Federico Fabbrini, Director of DCU Law Research Centre

14.45-16.15 Panel 1: The Development of the Legal Framework in the EU and the US

Chair: Dr John Quinn

Edoardo Celeste and Federico Fabbrini, DCU. Data Protection Imperialism and Digital Sovereignty: Exploring Transatlantic Tensions

Prof Oreste Pollicino, Bocconi University. Data Protection and Freedom of Expression Beyond EU borders: EU Judicial Perspectives

Prof Jordan Fischer, Drexel University. Towards a Federal Data Privacy Law: Regaining Digital Sovereignty in the US

16.15-16.45 Coffee Break

16.45-18.00 Panel 2: The Law Enforcement Sector

Chair: Prof Federico Fabbrini

Dr Maria Tzanou, Keele University. Mass Online Surveillance and EU Data Protection Imperialism: A Shield of Privacy?

Prof Steve Smith, Stanford Law School. The US-UK CLOUD Act Agreement and the Fourth Amendment: Constitutional Challenges

Dr TJ McIntyre, UCD. E-Evidence: Reconciling mutual recognition, sovereignty and fundamental rights in the EU

18.00-18.30 Keynote speech Mike Harris, Grant Thornton


Friday 6th March 2020

9.00-9.30 Registration

9.30-11.00 Panel 3: The Private Sector

Chair: Dr Rob Brennan

Dr John Quinn, DCU. Google v. CNIL: Circumscribing EU Data Protection Imperialism

Dr Dana Burchardt, Humboldt University. Backlash against the Court of Justice of the EU? The Recent Jurisprudence of the German Constitutional Court on the Right to Be Forgotten



Dr Orla Lynskey, London School of Economics. Neither Sovereignty nor Imperialism? Data Transfers through the Lens of Mutual Recognition

11.00-11.30 Coffee Break

11.30-13.00 Panel 4: Transatlantic Cooperation

Chair: Edoardo Celeste

Prof Paul De Hert, VUB. Ten Years of Voluntary Direct Cooperation Between European Law Enforcement Agencies and US Tech Firms

Prof Vincenzo Zeno-Zencovich, Rome 3 University. Free-flow of data: Is international trade law the appropriate answer?


The downloadable version of the programme is available here