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CPDP2022 Call for Panels: Data Protection in a Post-Pandemic World

  • 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.

This call for panels is aimed at academic consortia, research projects, think tanks and other research organisations. (Another call, to individuals for academic research papers, will go out in June 2021).

There has been a major shift in technology adoption during the COVID-19 pandemic as emergency measures have forced societies and economies to become more reliant on digital technologies and data infrastructures. The increased reliance on data-driven technologies also means depending on a few corporate big tech companies for vital technological infrastructure. This situation has 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. 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 will the aftermath of this global pandemic hold for data protection? What is law’s task in the wake of a pandemic which has exacerbated 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 in a Post-Pandemic World’. 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.  

They particularly seek 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


  • Final panel submission: June 28th, 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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