Insights into ERA Seminar on Privacy and Data Protection with a Specific Focus on “Balance between Data Retention for Law Enforcement Purposes and Right to Privacy” (Conference Report)

This report has been prepared by Priyanka Jain, a researcher at the Max Planck Institute Luxembourg for International, European and Regulatory Procedural Law, and Ph.D. candidate at the University of Luxembourg.



On 9-11 December 2020, ERA – the Academy of European Law – organized an online seminar on “Privacy and Data Protection: Recent ECtHR & CJEU Case Law”.  The core of the seminar was to provide an update on the case law developed by the European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR) and by the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) with relevance for privacy and data protection law since 2019. The key issues discussed were the distinction between the right to privacy and data protection in the jurisprudence of the ECtHR and CJEU, the impact of the jurisprudence on international data transfers, notions of ‘essence of fundamental rights’ ‘personal data processing’, ‘valid consent’ and so on.

Walking Solo – A New Path for the Conflict of Laws in England

Written by Andrew Dickinson (Fellow, St Catherine’s College and Professor of Law, University of Oxford)

The belated conclusion of the UK-EU Trade and Cooperation Agreement did not dampen the impact of the UK’s departure from the European Union on judicial co-operation in civil matters between the UK’s three legal systems and those of the 27 remaining Members of the Union. At the turn of the year, the doors to the UK’s participation in the Recast Brussels I Regulation and the 2007 Lugano Convention closed. With no signal that the EU-27 will support the UK’s swift readmission to the latter, a new era for private international law in England and Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland beckons.

Symeonides’ 30th (and last) Annual Survey of Choice of Law


Symeon Symeonides, without doubt the doyen of US conflict of laws, just published what he says is the last of his annual surveys of American Choice of Law. (The series will be continued by John F. Coyle, William S. Dodge, and Aaron D. Simowitz, suggesting it takes three of our most eminent scholars to replace Symeonides.)

As everyone in our discipline knows, reliably, at the end of the year, Symeon has posted his survey of conflict-of-laws decisions rendered over the year, according to Westlaw. He would assemble the most important decisions (of which he finds a lot), organize them around themes, and comment on them, always with (sometimes admirable) restraint from criticism. Anyone who has ever tried to survey the case law of an entire year in a jurisdiction knows how much work that is. (We at Max Planck, with IPRspr, certainly do.)


In Memoriam Prof. Jonathan Fitchen

Jonathan Fitchen – The Conversation

Written by Abubakri Yekini

We wish to share with us the shocking news of the demise of Professor Jonathan Fitchen. Prof Fitchen died today, Friday 22nd January 2021. His death was announced by Prof Greg Gordon, the Head of Aberdeen Law School in an e-mail sent to colleagues earlier today. The email noted that Prof Fitchen “had been off work for since summer, when he suffered a serious break to his arm.  Over the last month or so it sadly became clear that this had been caused by a weakening of the bone as a result of the effects of cancer, and although treatment was attempted, the disease had advanced too far for this to be successful”.

Webinar: Contextualising Insurance Contracts: Interactions with Various Fields of Law (Day 1) Contractual Asymmetries and Balancing Tools

NYU, 25 January 2021: Autonomous v. Nationalistic Interpretation of the 1958 New York Convention – Part II

In the context of its investigation on the issues surrounding the Autonomous v. Nationalistic Interpretation of the 1958 New York Convention, and as a follow up to the first Seminar it organized in this framework, on 25 January 2021 the NYU Center for Transnational Litigation, Arbitration, and Commercial Law will host a second Seminar.

The event will feature internationally renowned scholars who will address core issues such as:  ‘Incapacity’ (Francesca Ragno); ‘Deviations from the agreed procedure’ (Friedrich Rosenfeld); ‘Public policy’ (Giuditta Cordero-Moss); ‘Procedure to enforce and arbitral award’ (Lucas Siyang Lim).

More information on this event is available here.