Thursday 15 Oct 2020, 10am – 11am


Institute of Advanced Legal Studies


Online Seminar (Zoom)

Key Speaker: 

Dr Damian Clifford is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Australian National University, College of Law, a Research Fellow of the ANU Humanising Machine Intelligence Grand Challenge project, and an Associate Research Fellow at the Information Law & Policy Centre at the Institute of Advanced Legal Studies (University of London). 

His research focuses predominantly on data protection, privacy and the regulation of technology. He has previously been a visiting lecturer at the Dickson Poon School of Law, Kings College London (2018-2019), a sessional lecturer and honorary fellow at the Melbourne Law School, University of Melbourne and a sessional lecturer at Swinburne University of Technology. 

Damian completed his PhD at the KU Leuven Centre for IT & IP Law (CiTiP) where he was a FWO Aspirant Fellow funded by Fonds Wetenschappelijk Onderzoek – Vlaanderen (FWO) from October 2015 to October 2019. Prior to his FWO fellowship, Damian worked on European Commission funded (FP7 and Horizon 2020) projects in the fields of inter alia Critical Infrastructure Protection, Public Sector Information re-use and Cloud Computing at CiTiP. During this period he split his time between institutions by also working for the University of Antwerp. 

Damian has published in various international journals and has presented at several international conferences with his work cited by Advocate General Maciej Szpunar in his opinion in the Planet 49 Case (Court of Justice of the European Union, Case C 673/17).


In 2019 Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) made recommendations for the reform of the Privacy Act 1988 (Cth) in its Digital Platforms report. These recommendations are strongly inspired by the EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). 

In addition, in its recommendation that broader reforms of the Privacy Act be considered (Rec. 17), the ACCC indicates the desirability of seeking an adequacy agreement with the EU with systemic disparities having ruled out an adequacy agreement in the past. 

Therefore, this seminar will explore the viability of a potential agreement between Australia and the EU and will view this debate through the lens of: (1) the ongoing trade negotiations between the jurisdictions, (2) the existing adequacy agreements which may inspire any such developments, and also (3) the implications of the recent Schrems II decision. 

Broader reflections on what this might mean for the UK will also be made. 


Dr. Christopher Kuner is professor of law and co-director of the Brussels Privacy Hub, a research centre at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB) in Brussels, Belgium. He is also an associate of the Centre for European Legal Studies at the University of Cambridge, and a Visiting Professor at Maastricht University. He is editor-in-chief of the law journal International Data Privacy Law, one of the principal editors of the commentary on the GDPR published by Oxford University Press in 2020, and Senior Privacy Counsel in the Brussels office of Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati. 


Dr Nóra Ní Loideain 
Director and Lecturer in Law, Information Law & Policy Centre  
Institute of Advanced Legal Studies, University of London

This event is free but advance booking is required. Details about how to join the virtual event will be circulated via email to registered attendees closer to the event date.