Wisconsin International Law Journal Annual Symposium

Stamping Privacy’s Passport: The Role of International Law in
Safeguarding Individual Privacy

Friday, April 8, 2016, Room 2260, UW Law School

CLE Credit for WI Attorneys Pending


Overview: This symposium seeks to explore how the Right to Privacy continues to develop and affect international law, how countries are balancing this right with other contemporary issues, such as law enforcement and business, and what the future might look like as technology grows exponentially. The Symposium will broadly explore these central themes: is privacy more important than national security? Data retention, surveillance, and similar laws are continuously challenged on the ground that they infringe upon individuals’ privacy. How can countries ensure their citizen’s private information stays safe? Information travels like water, following the path of least resistance. Is the “right to be forgotten” an effective tool in the hands of individuals? Do nations themselves deserve a right to privacy from other nations? How should nations respond to the events brought about by actors like Julian Assange and Edward Snowden?

8:30 Breakfast and Registration

9:00 Welcome 
Lawrence Drewry and Emmeline Lee
WILJ Symposium editors, UW Law School

9:05 Welcome Remarks and Introduction of Keynote Speaker Heinz Klug
Evjue-Bascom Professor in Law; Director, Global Legal Studies Center 
and WILJ advisor

9:10-10:00 Keynote Address 
“The Role of International Law in Developing Privacy Protection”
Joseph A. Cannataci
UN Special Rapporteur on Right to Privacy & Head, Department of Information 
Policy and Governance, Faculty of Media and Knowledge Sciences, University of Malta 

10:00-12:15 Panel 1: Cross-border information flows and data transfers
Chair: Alan Rubel tbc
Assistant Professor, School of Library and Information Studies, UW-Madison
“Is the New General Data Protection Regulation a Harbinger for a General Crisis in Trans-border Information Flow?”
David Erdos
Lecturer, Faculty of Law, University of Cambridge, UK

“Essential Equivalence’ and European Adequacy After Schrems: The Canadian Example”
Gabriel Maldoff (joint paper with Omer Tene)
International Association of Privacy Professionals

“Identifying New Challenges to Cross-Border Data Requests Between the EU and the US”
Suzanne Vergnolle 
Fulbright and Georges Lurcy Visiting Researcher at Georgia Institute of Technology &
Justin Hemmings 
Research Associate, Georgia Institute of Technology Scheller College of Business
(joint paper with Peter Swire)

12:15-1:30 Lunch (served in the Atrium) 
Sponsored by WI Experience

1:30-3:30 Panel 2: Comparative perspectives
Chair: Alexandra Huneeus tbc
Associate Professor of Law and Legal Studies, UW-Madison

“Secret Surveillance and Legal Archetypes in the U.S. and EU” Alan Rubel
Assistant Professor, School of Library and Information Studies, UW-Madison

“A System of Checks and Balances: The Comparative Strength of the U.S. Privacy Protection Regime”
Clayton G. Northouse
Associate, Sidley Austin LLP

“Actions Speak Louder Than Words: Some Comparative Perceptions on International Privacy and Data Protection”
Gerard M. Stegmaier
Partner, Goodwin Procter LLP

3:30 -3:45 Break

3:45- 5:30 Panel 3: Addressing Challenges
Chair: Heinz Klug 
Evjue-Bascom Professor in Law; Director, Global Legal Studies Center, UW Law 
School, tbc
"Anonymous versus Personal Data: A False Debate?"
Sophie Stalla-Bourdillon
Associate Professor in Information Technology/Intellectual Property Law, University of Southampton, United Kingdom

“Children, Consent and Data Protection — Balancing Paternalism and Liberalism Under Children’s Rights Law”
Simone van der Hof
Professor, Department eLaw- Center for Law and Digital Technologies, Leiden University, The Netherlands

6:30 Dinner for speakers, chairs, WILJ members and other invited guests
Harvest Restaurant (21 North Pinckney, Madison, WI 53703)

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