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Brussels Privacy Hub Doctoral seminar with guest speaker Daniela Galatova on 'International legal and ethical aspects during and after the COVID pandemics'

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The Brussels Privacy Hub (BPH) is organising a Doctoral Seminar series to give the opportunity to Ph.D. candidates working on privacy and data protection topics at the Law, Science, Technology and Society (LSTS) to present and discuss their work in progress. The aim of the series is to offer Ph.D. students at all research stages a training ground to refine and practice debating their scientific work, and to receive qualified feedback and questions from their peers and privacy and data protection experts. To this aim, each seminar will include a short presentation by the Ph.D. candidate, followed by an open discussion session with the audience. Seminars are also open to external participants and presenters. Find more information here.

On 11 January 2021, Daniela Galatova (guest speaker) will present on her PhD research on 'International legal and ethical aspects during and after the COVID pandemics'. She is a PhD candidate at the Pan-European University of Law in Bratislava.


The COVID-19 pandemics stroke us all unexpectedly. In order to protect the public health, various rights have been restricted. When restriction of human rights occurs, the question of proportionality and legality surfaces out. Within the EU borders, the restriction of movement became questionable at the very beginning. Due to the fact that the Treaties lack exact possibility to derogate from the free movement principle, the limitation of the movement had to be considered within the framework of proportionality test with regards to the Charter of Fundamental rights. The mobility within the EU was kept, however the question on how to fight against higher risk of the spreading virus stayed. As a consequence, Member States wished to introduce mobile tracing applications as a preventive tool. EU responded to such a call by establishing principles to be applicable on a cross-border level. How were the tracing applications established on the EU level and what issues were at stake during the process? Did the EU recommendations on mobile tracing applications meet all legal aspects in order to protect personal data of citizens and yet maintaining application of other fundamental rights? Are these applications efficient enough? The presentation will provide basic information and will try to respond to the raised questions.

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