Privacy, globalization and international data transfers: towards a new paradigm after Schrems II?


  • José-Luis Piñar


  • Isabelle Vereecken
  • Noah Joshua Phillips
  • Alisa Vekeman
  • Luigi Montuori
  • Yann Padova

Organisation: CEU San Pablo University - Google Chair on Privacy, Society and Innovation

Room: Online 4

Timing: 16:15 - 17:45 on 28 January 2021

In the context of globalization and an increasingly interconnected world, an analysis of the scenario following CJEU Judgment in the Schrems II Case is essential. Identifying how companies and different actors in the field of technological innovation will operate is a real challenge. In any case, DPAs will play a key role when interpreting and applying the content of this court decision. Experts’ opinion on this matter will be essential to understand how data flows will be carried out on both sides of the Atlantic.

• What will be the real impact of this Case in the near future, in particular in relation to data transfers between the different EU countries and the USA
• What impact will this CJEU Judgment have in our economy, taking into account the current pandemic and the economic recovery and its links with data flows and technological innovation ?
• Would it be relevant at this juncture to assess the need for an in-depth analysis of what the concept of an essentially equivalent level of personal data protection entails?
• With the aim of optimizing the possibilities offered by international data flows between public and private actors, how will the different GDPR transfer tools be articulated in this new scenario?


José-Luis Piñar

CEU San Pablo University - Google Chair on Privacy, Society and Innovation

Doctor in Law (Complutense University, Madrid). Professor of Administrative Law. Former Vice-Rector of International Relations at San Pablo-CEU University of Madrid. Former Dean of the Faculties of Law in the Universities of Castilla-La Mancha and San Pablo-CEU. Former Director of the Spanish Data Protection Agency (2002-2007). Former Vice-Chairman of the “Art. 29 Working Party” (2003-2007), Founder and first President of the Ibero-American Data Protection Network (2003-2007). President of the Public Law Section of the “Spanish General Commission for Codification”. This Section drafted the new Spanish Data Protection Law. Vice President of the Section on Law and Information and knowledge technologies, Spanish Jurisprudence and Legislation Royal Academy. He has published numerous works on Data Protection Law, Transparency, Administrative Law and European Law. Director of the Digital Law and Innovation Review (Wolters Kluwer).Director of the Master’s Degree on Data Protection and Head of the Google Chair on Privacy, Society and Innovation (San Pablo-CEU University). He was member of the Advisory Council to Google on the Right to be Forgotten.


Isabelle Vereecken

European Data Protection Board (EU)

Noah Joshua Phillips

Federal Trade Commission (US)

Following his nomination by President Donald J. Trump and unanimous confirmation by the United States Senate, Noah Joshua Phillips was sworn in as a Commissioner on the Federal Trade Commission on May 2, 2018. Before coming to the FTC, Phillips served as Chief Counsel to U.S. Senator John Cornyn, of Texas, on the Senate Judiciary Committee. From 2011 to 2018, he advised Senator Cornyn on legal and policy matters including antitrust, constitutional law, consumer privacy, fraud, and intellectual property. Prior to his Senate service, Phillips worked as a litigator at Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP, in New York City, and Steptoe & Johnson LLP, in Washington, D.C. Phillips began his career at Wasserstein Perella & Co., an investment bank in New York City. Phillips received his A.B. from Dartmouth College and his J.D. from Stanford Law School.

Alisa Vekeman

DG Just (EU)

Alisa Vekeman is a member of the international data flows and protection unit of the European Commission. She is part of the teams responsible for EU - US data flows and the adequacy talks with South Korea. She also works on the modernisation of standard contractual clauses and the review of existing adequacy decisions. Prior to joining the European Commission, Alisa Vekeman worked for the EU Delegation to the Council of Europe, where she followed the negotiations on the modernised Council of Europe Convention 108. She holds degrees in law and human rights.

Luigi Montuori

Garante per la protezione dei dati personali (IT)

Yann Padova

Baker and McKenzie (FR)

Yann is a Partner in charge of the Data Protection Practice with Baker McKenzie in Paris. With an extensive experience in Data Protection both as a regulator (former Secretary-General of the CNIL - the French Data Protection Authority) and now as a lawyer, Yann is internationally recognized as an expert in digital network law, personal data and regulatory law. In 2017, he was appointed “country leader” by the IAPP (International Association of Privacy Professional).