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Global Data Law

Conference Series

With its three-tier conference series "Global Data Law", the Research Center for Law and Digitization (FREDI) opens a platform to discuss data law and data policies with a global perspective. Global, regional, and national developments will be identified and evaluated with international experts.

The kick-off of the series will engage with Global Data Strategies and will take place at FREDI's home institution, the University of Passau on September 20th and 21st 2021. Please see below for further details and the registration process.

The second part of the series will take place in Accra, Ghana and will spotlight the developments of Data Law in Africa. Data Law in Africa is scheduled for fall 2022. Details with regard to date, location, and program will follow in the course of 2021.

The final part of the series, Comparative Data Law, will shift the focus and tackle Data Law from a Comparative Law perspective. Different instruments, different approaches, global effects of different kinds of regulation, and possible ways forward will be discussed. The conference is currently scheduled for March 2023. Details with regard to date, location, and program will follow soon.

It is planned that each conference will publish its contributions and findings.

Conference Programs

Venue: University of Passau, IT-Zentrum (ITZ), Innstr. 43, 94032 Passau, Germany // Virtual Participation via Zoom Possible

Link for virtual participation / Code: 428380

Sep 20 2021

13:00-13:20: Introduction
Moritz Hennemann, Director, Research Center for Law and Digitization, University of Passau
Ulrich Bartosch, President, University of Passau

Session 1: Fundamentals

13:20-13:50: Data and Data Strategies in the 21st Century 
Urs Gasser, Director, Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society, Harvard University 
(virtual participation reserved)

13:50-14:20: From Principles to Practice
Julia Gundlach, Bertelsmann Stiftung, Berlin

14:20-14:45: Discussion Round

14.45-15:00: Coffee Break

Session 2: The Policy Perspective

15:00-16:00: EU and German Data Strategies - Aspiration and Reality
Franziska Weindauer, Department Digital Policy, Federal Chancellery, Berlin

Winfried Veil, Minister’s Office, Federal Ministry of the Interior, Building and Community, Berlin

16:00-16.30: U.S. Data Strategy
Nik Guggenberger, Executive Director, Information Society Project, Yale Law School 
(virtual participation reserved)

16.30-16:45: Coffee Break

16:45-17:15: African Data Strategies
Sena Afua Dei-Tutu, University of Ghana

17:15-17:45: China’s Data Strategy
Zhenbin Zuo, University of Cambridge

17:45-18:15: Discussion Round

20:00: Speakers’ Dinner

Sep 21 2021

Session 3: The Law & Economics Perspective

09:00-09:45: The (Different) Level Playing Fields Worldwide
Anna Zeiter, Chief Privacy Officer, eBay Inc., Bern

09:45-10:30: Regulatory Strategies and Competition
Boris Paal, University of Leipzig

10:30-10:50: Global Data Economics: Principles, Strategies and Policies
Daniel Schnurr, University of Passau

10:50-11:15: Discussion Round

11.15-11:30: Coffee Break

11:30-12:15: ‘Data Colonialism’?
Anna K. Bernzen, University of Bonn

Session 4: The Way Forward

12:15-13:00: A Global Data Strategy?
Thomas Streinz, Executive Director, Guarini Global Law & Tech, New York University

Final Discussion and Closing Remarks

13:15: Thomas Riehm, Director, Institute for Law of the Digital Society, University of Passau

Fall 2022 

Venue: Accra, Ghana


Spring 2023

Venue: Munich, Germany


Portraitfoto von Prof. Dr. Moritz Hennemann

Prof. Dr. Moritz Hennemann

Director, Research Center for Law and Digitization and Chair of European and International Information and Data Law, University of Passau


Dr. Urs Gasser

Professor of Practice, Harvard Law School, Executive Director, Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society, Harvard University

Data and Data Strategies in the 21st Century

Julia Gundlach

Project Manager ‚Ethics of Algorithms’, Bertelsmann Stiftung

From Principles to Practice

Foto © Ansichtssache Britta Schröder

Dr. Winfried Veil

Ministry of the Interior, Building and Community of the Federal Republic of Germany 

EU and German Data Strategies - Aspiration and Reality

(opinions expressed at the conference are private opinions)

Franziska Weindauer

German Federal Chancellery

EU and German Data Strategies - Aspiration and Reality

(opinions expressed at conference are entirely my own)

Prof. Dr. Nikolas Guggenberger

Executive Director, Yale Information Society Project

U.S. Data Strategy

Dr. Sena Afua Dei-Tutu

Coordinator for International Partnerships and Outreach, University of Ghana School of Law

African Data Strategies

Zhenbin Zuo

PhD Candidate at University of Cambridge, Faculty of Law

China’s Data Strategy

Prof. Dr. Boris Paal

University of Leipzig, Director, Institute for Data, Media and Information Law

Data Economy II: Regulatory Strategies and Competition

Foto © Sandra Meyndt

Dr. Anna K. Bernzen

Assistant Professor at the Chair for Civil Law, Information and Data Law, Rhenish Friedrich Wilhelm University of Bonn Law Faculty (from April 1, 2021)

Data Economy III: ‘Data Colonialism’?

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