WUSTL School of Law, Cambridge organize first International Privacy Law Conference June 26 and 27

Leading privacy law experts from around the world will gather in Cambridge, England, June 26 and 27 for the first International Privacy Law Conference, a joint effort between Washington University in St. Louis School of Law and the University of Cambridge.

“Every modern society is confronting novel issues of privacy, and our conference brings together some of the smartest thinkers about privacy in the world to compare notes and come up with new solutions,” says Neil M. Richards, JD, conference co-chair and professor of law at Washington University.

Conference topics will include intellectual privacy, the conflict between privacy and free speech, the psychology of privacy, public access to court records, and privacy reform in Australia.

Kirsty Hughes, PhD, the Turpin-Lipstein Lecturer in Law and Fellow at Clare College at the University of Cambridge, is co-chairing the conference. The University of Sydney in Australia has provided additional resources for the event.

“We hope to have serious conversations about problems in privacy and media law that are common across jurisdictions, to improve current scholarly projects through collaboration and to build an international community of privacy law scholars,” Richards says.

In addition to organizing the conference, Richards will be presenting his most recent paper, “The Perils of Social Reading,” forthcoming from the Georgetown Law Journal (http://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=2031307).

Over 20 leading scholars (listed below) will participate in the conference, including professors from the law schools of Oxford University, Cambridge, the London School of Economics (LSE), New York University (NYU), the University of California, Berkeley, the University of Amsterdam, the University of Melbourne, Utrecht University and the University of Sydney.

The International Privacy Law conference will be held at Clare College, Cambridge.

Founded in 1326, Clare is the second-oldest of Cambridge’s 31 colleges. It is located on the banks of the River Cam in the heart of the great medieval university city. Richards and Hughes hope to make this an annual event.

For more information, contact Richards at nrichards@wustl.edu

Participating scholars:

Eric Barendt, (University College London)
Michael Birnhack (Tel Aviv University)
Julie Cohen (Georgetown University)
Amy Gajda (Tulane University)
Chris Hoofnagle (UC Berkeley)
Kirsty Hughes (Cambridge)
Andrew Kenyon (Melbourne)
Ian Kerr (Ottawa University)
Barbara McDonald (Sydney)
Tarlach McGonagle (Amsterdam)
Bill McGeveran (University of Minnesota)
Andrew Murray (LSE)
Helen Nissenbaum (NYU)
Remco Nehmelman (Utrecht)
Gavin Phillipson (University of Durham)
Neil Richards (Washington University in St. Louis)
Megan Richardson (Melbourne)
Beate Roessler (Amsterdam)
David Rolph (Sydney)
Jacob Rowbottom (Oxford)
Andrew Scott (LSE)