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CPDP2022 Call for Panels: Data Protection & Privacy in Transitional Times - extended deadline 5 July

  • June 9, 2021

CPDP is closely monitoring the COVID-19 situation and the CPDP team will follow recommendations concerning travel and public events. At this time, the team is continuing preparations for CPDP2022 to take place in Brussels on January 26-28 2022. However, they will review this on an ongoing basis as well as engaging in contingency planning. They are also working on alternatives to the physical conference. The team will update you on any decisions promptly.

After careful consideration, the CPDP team decided to opt for a title that reflects the fluid global reality more accurately. While the topics in the Call for Panels remain the same, the CPDP team also envisages possibilities for broader discussions on future imaginaries for data protection law and the role of technology therein. Accordingly, the deadline has been extended until July 5th 2021.

This call for panels is aimed at academic consortia, research projects, think tanks and other research organisations and welcomes proposals that address issues of data protection and privacy in transitional times. (Another call, to individuals for academic research papers, will go out in June 2021).

There have been major shifts in technology adoption during times of crises as emergency measures forced societies and economies to become more reliant on digital technologies and infrastructures. The increased dependence on a few companies for vital technological infrastructure has also escalated calls for ‘digital sovereignty’ in Europe. Besides bidding to form future models for data governance and the data economy, the EU has also laid out plans to pioneer legislation governing the use of artificial intelligence. In this pivotal moment, engaging in transatlantic, multidisciplinary dialogue has become of central significance.

As the most recent and salient example, the pandemic has led to the reassertion of nations, sovereignty and borders in myriad ways. Among the most evident realities of the pandemic was sorting populations back into their nations of passport. It has also enabled new means of establishing and justifying borders with long term closures and the introduction of new digital identity infrastructure such as vaccine passports.

Amidst all these developments, what are the major dynamics at play which aim to influence future models of data and technology governance? What is law’s task in the wake of epidemics that exacerbate inequalities and unjust data practices? While “data as asset” approach is gaining a stronghold in political discourse, what are the future imaginaries for data protection law?

The theme of CPDP2022 is ‘Data Protection & Privacy in Transitional Times'. The CPDP Team welcomes cutting edge panels in all areas related to technology, privacy and data protection, but particularly invite proposals that fit the general conference theme.

The team particularly seeks panel proposals addressing the following topics:

  • Data sovereignty and other emerging data governance models
  • Digital borders and data protection law
  • Digital infrastructures as sites of power
  • Data cooperatives and community ownership of data
  • AI governance
  • Public health surveillance
  • Surveillance of migration and borders
  • Data protection and law enforcement
  • Fundamental rights in the digital environment
  • New perspectives on privacy and data protection
  • Regulatory platform governance approaches 


The CPDP team encourages panels that are well-balanced, multidisciplinary, geographically and gender diverse. They also welcome different types of sessions such as debates, roundtables, workshops and other non-conventional formats. More information about rules for panel composition and submission can be found here

CPDP2022 KEY DATES (extended deadlines)

  • Final panel submission: June 28th, 2021  July 5th, 2021
  • Notification sent to panel convenors: July 16th, 2021
  • Panel organisation finalised: October 9th, 2021
  • Dates of CPDP 2022: 26th to 28th January, 2022

For more information and to submit a panel proposal, visit the official CPDP2022 website.

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