Digital Rights in Brexit: Changes and Challenges


We are pleased to announce this call for papers for the Information Law and Policy Centre’s Annual Conference on 22nd November 2019 at IALS in London, this year supported by Bloomsbury’s Communications Law journal. You can read about our previous annual events here.

We are looking for high quality and focused contributions that consider the changes and challenges facing the protection and enjoyment of digital rights in the UK and elsewhere as a result of Brexit.

Whether based on doctrinal analysis, or empirical research, papers should offer an original perspective on the implications posed by Brexit. This scope covers both the impact on digital rights of an impending Brexit since the 2016 referendum to date, as well as the potential consequences for digital rights on leaving the EU for all individuals resident in the UK.

Topics of particular interest include:

  • Immigration
  • Border control
  • Online harms and the regulation of social media
  • Surveillance and data privacy
  • Data protection law and data transfers
  • Data ethics and innovation
  • Employment and labour
  • Public international law

The conference will take place on Friday, 22nd November 2019 and will include the Information Law and Policy Centre’s Annual Lecture and an evening reception.

We are delighted to announce that Dr Jeni Tennison OBE, CEO of the Open Data Institute, will deliver this year’s ILPC Annual Lecture.

Attendance will be free of charge thanks to the support of the IALS and our sponsors, although registration is required as places are limited.

The best papers will be featured in a special issue of Bloomsbury’s Communications Law journal, following a peer-review process. Those giving papers will be invited to submit full draft papers to the journal by Friday, 1st November 2019 for consideration by the journal’s editorial team.

How to apply:

Please send an abstract of between 250-300 words and some brief biographical information to Eliza Boudier, Fellowships and Administrative Officer, IALS: by the revised deadline of Friday, 24th May 2019 (5pm, BST).

Abstracts will be considered by the Information Law and Policy Centre’s academic staff and advisors, and the Communications Law journal editorial team.

About the Information Law and Policy Centre at the IALS

The Information Law and Policy Centre (ILPC) produces, promotes, and facilitates research about the law and policy of information and data, and the ways in which law both restricts and enables the sharing, and dissemination, of different types of information. 

The ILPC is part of the Institute of Advanced Legal Studies (IALS), which was founded in 1947. It was conceived, and is funded, as a national academic institution, attached to the University of London, serving all universities through its national legal research library. Its function is to promote, facilitate, and disseminate the results of advanced study and research in the discipline of law, for the benefit of persons and institutions in the UK and abroad.

About Communications Law (Journal of Computer, Media and Telecommunications Law)

Communications Law is a well-respected quarterly journal published by Bloomsbury Professional covering the broad spectrum of legal issues arising in the telecoms, IT, and media industries. Each issue brings you a wide range of opinion, discussion, and analysis from the field of communications law. Dr Paul Wragg, Associate Professor of Law at the University of Leeds, is the journal’s Editor in Chief.