Junior Academic Session I


  • Serge Gutwirth


  • Niko Tsakalakis
  • Silvia De Conca
  • Jose Renato Laranjeira de Pereira

Organisation: CPDP

Room: Online 4

Timing: 10:30 - 11:45 on 29 January 2021

• Niko Tsakalakis, University of Southampton (UK); Sophie Stalla-Bourdillon, University of Southampton (UK), Laura Carmichael, University of Southampton (UK); Dong Huynh, King's College London (UK); Luc Moreau King's College London (UK); Ayah Helal King's College London (UK): The dual function of explanations: Why it is useful to compute explanations

• Silvia De Conca, Tilburg University (NL): Smart speakers, spam and robocalls: testing the boundaries of the e-Privacy regulation


Serge Gutwirth

Vrije Universiteit Brussel LSTS (BE)

Serge Gutwirth (1960) professor of Human Rights, Comparative law, Legal Theory and Methodology at the Faculty of Law and Criminology of the Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB), where he studied law, criminology and also obtained a post-graduate degree in technology and science studies. He defended his PhD in law on the relationships between law and sciences on December 15, 1992. From 1994 until 2009 he also held a part-time position of lecturer at the Faculty of Law of the Erasmus University Rotterdam where he was in charge of the coordination of research and taught 'Philosophy of law'. He is currently Vice-Dean (Research) of the Faculty of Law and Criminology. He is the Director of the research group on Law, Science, Technology & Society (LSTS).


Niko Tsakalakis

University of Southampton (UK)

Niko Tsakalakis is an active researcher in the field of data privacy, with expertise in data protection by design, data minimisation and GDPR-compliant AI. As a Senior Research Fellow for the project PLEAD, Niko is investigating the legal requirements for explainable automated decisions through computable explanations. Previously a Senior Research Fellow for the project FutureTrust, Niko assisted in the development of the technologies for the implementation of the eIDAS Regulation. He recently completed a PhD with a focus on privacy-enhancing technologies and holds an MSc in Web Science and an LLM in International and Commercial Law.

Silvia De Conca

Tilburg University (NL)

Silvia De Conca is a PhD researcher at TILT-LTMS. Her PhD research analyses the effects of vocal assistants on the private sphere (in the home) and on the legal tools protecting it, with a focus on personal data protection. More in general, her research interests include: AI/robotics and law, privacy and data protection, regulation of technology, IT Law, and IP law. Before joining Tilburg University, Silvia practiced in the Rome and Milan offices of Clifford Chance LLP and Dewey & LeBeouf LLP, and has worked as a contract Professor of IT Law and International IP Law at Monterrey Tech University (Mexico). Silvia holds an LL.B. and LL.M. in Law from Roma Tre University (Italy), and an LL.M. in IT Law from the London School of Economics and Political Science (U.K.).

Jose Renato Laranjeira de Pereira

University of Brasília (BR)

Director of Research and Public Policy at the Laboratory of Public Policy and Internet - LAPIN and MSc Candidate at the University of Brasília's School of Law.