EDPL Young Scholar Award


  • Franziska Boehm


  • Taner Kuru
  • Isabel Hahn
  • Katherine Quezada Tavárez

Organisation: EDPL

Room: Online 4

Timing: 14:15 - 15:30 on 29 January 2021

Up-and-coming data protection researchers compete every year for the prestigious Young Scholar Award (YSA), organised by the European Data Protection Law Review (EDPL). The best 3 young authors are invited to present their research at the YSA panel. This year these will be:

• Taner Kuru, Leiden University (NL): Genetic Data: The Achilles’ Heel of the GDPR?
• Isabel Hahn, LSE (UK): Purpose Limitation in the Time of Data Power: Is There a Way Forward?
• Katherine Quezada Tavárez, KU Leuven (BE): Impact of the Right of Access in the Balance between Security and Fundamental Rights: Informational Power as a Tool to Watch the Watchers

The papers will be discussed with the selection jury of renowned experts Franziska Boehm, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (DE); Alessandro Spina, European Commission (EU); Hielke Hijmans, VUB (BE) and Bart van der Sloot, Tilburg University (NL). At the end of the panel, the winner of the 5th EDPL Young Scholar Award will be revealed and receive the prize.


Franziska Boehm

Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, FIZ Karlsruhe – Leibniz Institute for Information Infrastructure (DE)

Franziska Boehm is a law professor at the Leibniz-Institute for Information Infrastructure in Karlsruhe (FIZ) and the Karlsruhe Institute for Technologies (KIT). Before she was an assistant professor at the University of Münster (Germany). She mainly teaches IT-Law, IP-law, data protection and media law. She studied law in Germany and in France and holds a 'Licence en droit' (University of Nice, France), a Master in International Law (MJI, University of Giessen) and the German 'Staatsexamen'. After her studies, she completed her PhD at the University of Luxembourg in April 2011. The topic of her PhD relates to the EU-information sharing and data protection in the area of freedom, security and justice. It was published as a book by Springer in 2012. Her research interests currently relate to data protection, IP- and IT law.


Taner Kuru

Leiden University (NL)

Taner Kuru graduated from Ankara University Faculty of Law with a minor degree in international relations. He then worked as an attorney at the Ankara Bar Association while pursuing a master’s degree in Private Law at Ankara University Graduate School of Social Sciences. In 2019, he was awarded the Jean Monnet Scholarship to pursue an Advanced LL.M. degree in Law and Digital Technologies at Leiden University. Upon his graduation with cum laude distinction, he worked as an intern at United Nations Interregional Crime and Justice Research Institute (UNICRI) Centre for Artificial Intelligence and Robotics.

Isabel Hahn

NOYB – European Center for Digital Rights (AT)

Isabel Hahn is a Legal Trainee at noyb and holds a LLB Bachelor of Laws degree from the London School of Economics and Political Science. Her current area of research relates to the Article 5 principles under the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). Her past work has focused in particular on the Purpose Limitation principle in the context of shifting data collection and processing practices. She has explored whether this principle is still able to adequately ensure that personal data is only collected for a specific purpose and not further processed in a way that is incompatible with that purpose. Isabel will be presenting her work as part of this year’s EDPL Young Scholar Award panel.

Katherine Quezada Tavárez

KU Leuven Centre for IT & IP Law (CiTiP) (BE)

Katherine Quezada Tavárez is a researcher at the KU Leuven Centre for IT & IP Law (CiTiP), where she is involved in European security research projects. Her research focuses on the human rights implications of current and emerging law enforcement technology. Katherine holds a Master of Criminology and Criminal Justice from the Camilo José Cela University in Spain (2015) and an LLM in IP and ICT law from KU Leuven in Belgium (2020).