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5th European Privacy Law Scholars Conference (PLSC Europe)

Published: 03rd October 2019 Last updated: 05th November 2019

The 5th European Privacy Law Scholars Conference (PLSC Europe), organized by the Tilburg Institute for Law, Technology, & Society (TILT), will be held Thursday 09 April 2020, at the University of Tilburg, the Netherlands.

Following the format of PLSC in the United States, PLSC Europe is a conference for discussing work in progress. There is no opportunity or obligation to publish connected to the conference. Our goal is simply to improve and provide support for in-progress scholarship. To do so, PLSC Europe assembles privacy law scholars as well as policy makers, practitioners and civil society experts from Europe and around the world to workshop and discuss papers. The conference is open to other than legal disciplines and values multi-disciplinary approaches.

The conference follows a format where a discussant, rather than the author, is assigned to kick off a discussion of the paper with the audience. We often pair junior scholars with senior colleagues in order to create mentorship opportunities. In the PLSC format, there are no panels or presentations by the authors. Instead, everyone is a "participant", offering their best questions and insights to stimulate discussion on the draft scholarship.

The first PLSC-Europe was held in October 2015 in conjunction with the Amsterdam Privacy Conference, and the second one in May 2017, in conjunction with TILTing Perspectives 2017. From 2017 onwards, PLSC-Europe became a yearly event, alternating between the University of Amsterdam, Tilburg University, and Vrije Universiteit Brussel.

If you would like to workshop a paper, please submit a title, and an abstract that grounds your work in a literature (see below) by 09 November 2019 via our conference submission system:

In writing your abstract, please connect to the relevant state of the art. We welcome novel approaches, but please do make explicit in which ways your approach departs from existing scholarship. Abstracts should be between 300-600 words and contain sufficient detail to review the approach and potential contribution of the work.

We require all submissions to be transparent about relevant sponsorship and conflicts of interest.

The review of submissions is anonymous. For this reason, we ask authors to remove all potentially identifying information from their submissions.

The program committee for the conference will review abstracts and acceptances will be made on 09 December 2019. Workshop versions of the paper are due 09 March 2020. We reserve the right to cancel workshops if the draft paper is not provided sufficiently in advance for meaningful evaluation by participants.

You can send an email to if you encounter any problems.


  • Abstracts due: 09 November 2019
  • Announcement of acceptance: 09 December 2019
  • Papers due: 09 March 2020
  • PLSC-Europe 2020 TILBURG: 09 April 2020

We welcome submissions and registration from all relevant backgrounds. Please note that conference participants will be expected to read the papers of the sessions they attend in advance to ensure high-quality discussions. Thus, please plan for sufficient preparation time in advance of the conference. The papers will be made available to conference participants on 26 March 2020 at the latest. The conference fees are €100 and for PhD-students and NGO's €40.

  • Regular: €100
  • Reduced (students & NGO): €40

PLSC-Europe 2020 (Tilburg) does not receive any form of sponsorship.

Raphaël Gellert (