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Call for Papers CPDP2021 – Enforcing Rights in a Changing World

  • September 2, 2020

[Call for Papers] CPDP is an annual three-day conference devoted to privacy and data protection. The 14th edition of CPDP will be held on 27th to 29th January 2021 in Brussels.* Whilst a number of speakers are specifically invited by the conference, several slots remain open to application through an annual call for papers. The CPDP2021 Call for Papers is addressed to all researchers who wish to present their papers at the next Computers, Privacy and Data Protection conference.

The submissions are split into two tracks. The first one is dedicated to experienced researchers (i.e. postdoctoral researchers, professors etc.), while the second one welcomes PhD students and other junior researchers. Contributions are welcome from all disciplines with perspectives on the themes of the conference. The dual-track structure of the CPDP2021 Call for Papers aims to meet the increasing interest of researchers – from all levels and from multiple disciplines – in CPDP and their expectations in terms of academic feedback and exchange. Please check the submission instructions below and submit your contribution through the EasyChair conference system through the following link.

The overarching theme of the 2021 edition is “Enforcing Rights in a Changing World”. CPDP thus takes as its focus the question on how humanity is going through a historical moment with a global pandemic reshaping our lives and the world we live in. Public health measures combined with tech solutionism are taking surveillance to the next level. Contact tracing apps and new functionalities of wearables are being introduced, while governments are discussing immunity passports and long-term border restrictions. The global economy is in the opening stages of a recession, what carries a risk that the inequalities will grow further in the aftermath of this pandemic. We are moving more and more of our lives online. Telemedicine and online classrooms are likely to become staples of everyday life. Amidst all these changes, is there also a change in the way we are looking at things and rethinking the possible? What will be the legacy of this pandemic on human rights including privacy and data protection? How do we enforce individual and collective rights in a changing world?

CPDP2021 will serve as a platform to discuss, and seek answers, to these questions and many more.

CPDP welcomes cutting edge papers in all areas related to technology, privacy and data protection, but particularly invites submissions that fit the general conference theme.


The CPDP Scientific Committee invites papers in the fields of law, social sciences, philosophy and computer sciences (as well as other relevant fields). Multidisciplinary papers are especially welcome. In particular, this call aims to reach researchers whose works relate to new technologies, privacy and data protection. Selected researchers will have the opportunity to present their papers in the academic sessions of the conference. Although, the main theme highlighted this year is “Enforcing Rights in a Changing World”, CPDP organisers welcome any original topics related to the general themes of the conference.

Follow this link for more information about the topics presented at previous editions of CPDP.

In case of doubt regarding the suitability of a contribution for the conference, please contact Magda Brewczyńska.


  • Deadline for submissions: Friday 2 October 2020 (23:59 CET).
  • Notification to authors: Tuesday 2 December 2020.


Authors responding to this Call for Papers are asked to submit a full paper via a dedicated webpage on the EasyChair system, together with a short abstract and up to 5 keywords. Authors must choose between a junior and senior track. In case of papers co-authored by both junior and senior researchers, CPDP organisers advise to decide on the basis of the first author. Authors are asked to indicate the relevant research discipline.

Papers should be between 6000 and 8000 words in length, excluding footnotes and bibliography. Authors should make use of the Chicago reference style (Notes-Bibliography system). The text of the paper must not include the name of the author(s) and all self-references should be deleted. Submissions not meeting these criteria risk rejection without consideration of quality.

Proposed contributions and all required information should be submitted through the EasyChair conference system following this link.

Papers will be selected on the basis of their quality. All submitted papers will be peer reviewed by members of the CPDP2021 Scientific Committee (and other independent reviewers where necessary) and will be commented upon by distinguished scholars. Authors of accepted papers must guarantee that their papers will be presented at the conference: at least one author of each accepted paper is required to register for the conference and to present the paper. Accepted papers will be considered for publication in the conference book published by Hart Publishing.

Selected authors – one for each paper – will receive free entrance for the duration of the conference. Funding for travel expenses may be available for PhD Candidates who cannot cover their own costs. If you require funding, please get in touch.

For further details on the conference structure and its main topic areas, interested researchers are invited to visit or to contact

*CPDP is closely monitoring the COVID-19 situation and will follow recommendations concerning travel and public events. At this time, CPDP is continuing preparations for CPDP2021 to take place in Brussels on January 27-29. However, this will be reviewed on an ongoing basis as well as engaging in contingency planning. CPDP organisers are also working on alternatives to the physical conference and will update you on any decisions promptly.

** The CPDP organizers reserve a right to merge presentations of papers submitted within the junior and senior tracks in the joint panels.


CPDP would like to create a platform where all people passionate about privacy and data-protection can meet. If you are a social, political or computer scientist, activist, policy maker, lawyer, ICT expert or passionate person interested in being a speaker or getting involved in next year's conference, please notify the Organising Committee at the following address:

The Programming Committee and the Scientific Committee are looking forward to welcome you in CPDP2021!

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