Fri 2 Mar, 4.30pm: Dr Kristina Irion (Amsterdam) – The Interface Between Privacy and Trade: The European Union Governance of Personal Data Flows and Digital Trade

We are delighted to announce that our first event of the IP/IT/Media Law Discussion Group seminar series this semester will take place on Friday 2 March 2018 at 4.30pm, in Room 1.01 David Hume TowerDr Kristina Irion from IViR, University of Amsterdam will present her latest research on the following topic:

The Interface Between Privacy and Trade:
The European Union Governance of Personal Data Flows and Digital Trade

The issue of global data flow, which underpins digital trade and economic cooperation between countries, has moved center stage in international trade relations. Next to astounding estimates on the positive feedback loop of global data flows on international trade, growth and welfare, conflicting public interests and policy objectives can easily appear subordinated. Among others the European Union’s (EU) strict data protection regime is now discussed as a new barrier to digital trade.

The trade and privacy interface has yet to be fully formed, both doctrinally and normatively. It is however clear that the relative success of claiming free data flows in international trade law will predestine the faith of privacy as a human right. The EU has a key role to play in the global governance of privacy, particularly regarding the protection of personal data. Aligning its normative approach to personal data protection with its external trade policy has been difficult but it seems the European Commission has reached a compromise.

In my talk I will juxtaposes the EU governance of the transfer of personal data to third countries and its trade policy in relation to free data flow commitments in next generation free trade agreements. This contribution will break through the present compartmentalisation of privacy scholarship and trade lawyers which has even divided EU institutions.

The talk will be followed by a Q&A section and refreshments will be provided. All students and staff are welcome and no registration is required.

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