Academic session on the COVID-19 crisis


  • Ronald Leenes


  • Wanshu Cong
  • Johannes Thumfart
  • Aiste Gerybaite
  • Ludovica Paseri

Organisation: CPDP

Room: Online 4

Timing: 11:45 - 13:00 on 29 January 2021

• Wanshu Cong, European University Institute (IT): From Pandemic Control to Data-Driven Governance: the case of China’s health code

• Johannes Thumfart , VUB (BE): The Covid-crisis as catalyst for digital sovereignty: Building barriers or improving digital policies?

• Aiste Gerybaite, University of Turin (IT): Ensuring data protection rights and public safety in pandemics: lessons learnt from the Italian “Immuni” App

• Ludovica Paseri, University of Bologna (IT): Covid-19 Pandemic and GDPR: When Scientific Research Becomes a Matter of Public Deliberation


Ronald Leenes

Tilburg University TILT (NL)

Prof.dr. Ronald Leenes (1964) is full professor in regulation by technology at Tilburg University and director of the Tilburg Institute for Law, Technology, and Society (TILT).. His primary research interests are techno-regulation, conceptual issues with respect to privacy, data protection in practice, data analytics, accountability and transparency, regulatory failure, robotics and human enhancement. He has been involved as lead and principal investigator in several EU, EC and Dutch privacy and data protection projects and has co-edited several of the CPDP book volumes.


Wanshu Cong

European University Institute (IT)

Wanshu Cong is a Max Weber postdoc fellow at the European University Institute. She received a doctoral degree from McGill University Faculty of Law in February 2020 and holds an LL.M from the Geneva Academy of International Humanitarian Law and Human Rights (2014). Her research interests include human rights theories, the intersection of law and technology, and critical legal studies.

Johannes Thumfart

LSTS, Vrije Universiteit Brussel (BE)

philosopher and historian, received his PhD from Humboldt Universität Berlin in the Intellectual History of International Law. Teaching and research positions at Freie Universität Berlin, Université Paris VIII, Universidad Iberoamericana in Mexico-City and University of Cincinnati. Writes occasionally for "Der Spiegel" and "Die Zeit." Currently senior researcher at LSTS at Vrije Universiteit Brussel, where he conducts the project "Six Fundamental Challenges to State Sovereignty in the Digital Age: A Descriptive and Normative Analysis" funded by Gerda Henkel Foundation’s Special Programme "Security, Society and the State."

Aiste Gerybaite

University of Bologna/University of Turin (IT)

Aiste Gerybaite is a doctoral researcher in the Law, Science and Technology Joint Doctorate - Rights of Internet of Everything, funded by Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions.
She completed her education in Law with the Master of Laws in European and Comparative Law at the University of Malta.
Coming from KPMG Aiste has been the lead person for providing feedback on the legal framework governing DLT and AI in Malta as well as assisting Maltese government with the drafting of the regulations within DLT space. Aiste is also a guest lecturer at the Malta Stock Exchange, the Malta Institute of Management and the University of Malta on legal aspects DLTs and AI solutions. Her doctoral research focuses on Big Data for Health in IoE in emergency situations.

Ludovica Paseri

University of Bologna (IT)

Ludovica Paseri is a PhD candidate at LAST-JD Joint International Doctoral degree program in “Law, Science and Technology”, at the Alma Mater Studiorum, University of Bologna, in cotutelle with the University of Luxembourg, faculty of Computer Science. She graduated in Law at the University of Turin and attended a postgraduate Master in Data Protection Law, at the Department of Law, University of Turin. Ludovica has completed the internship as trainee lawyer in an Administrative Law firm and her main research interests are Cloud Computing, EU Open Science policies, scientific data governance, privacy and data protection law.