The Information Law & Policy Centre’s Annual Conference 2021 will explore the impact of the global pandemic on society and the increased use of data-driven systems, particularly the implications of these changes for the rights and responsibilities of individuals and organisations.

Interdisciplinary panels with leading experts from academia, government, and industry, will address the development and future of these measures for regulation, policymaking, and governance within the UK and internationally.

A full conference programme is available here.

Booking is free but places are limited. Register here.

Keynote speakers include:

    • Anna Buchta, Head of Policy & Consultation (European Data Protection Supervisor)
    • Silkie Carlo, Director (Big Brother Watch)
    • Emily Jarratt, Senior Policy Advisor (Centre for Data Ethics & Innovation, Department of Digital, Culture, Media & Sport)
    • Gillian Philips, Director of Editorial Legal Services (The Guardian)
    • Christopher Millard, Professor of Privacy & Information Law (Queen Mary University of London)
    • Fraser Sampson, Biometrics and Surveillance Camera Commissioner
    • Hetan Shah, Chief Executive (The British Academy)
    • John Sheridan, Digital Director (The National Archives)
    • Graham Smith, Of Counsel (Bird & Bird)
    • Olivier Thereaux, Head of Research and Development (Open Data Institute)
    • Caroline Waters OBE, Deputy Chair (Equality and Human Rights Commission)

Topics to be covered:

  • Emergency powers and the rule of law
  • Policymaking in a pandemic
  • Health monitoring systems (certification/passports)
  • Algorithmic discrimination and vulnerable groups
  • Data-driven tools for law enforcement
  • Trustworthy institutions, online safety, and disinformation
  • Data sharing and rebuilding local and global communities


Attendance is free thanks to the support of the IALS and our sponsors, although registration is required as places are limited. Selected papers from the conference will also be published in a Special Issue of Communications Law, published by Bloomsbury Professional.

About Communications Law

Communications Law is a well-respected, peer-reviewed, quarterly journal published by Bloomsbury Professional covering the broad spectrum of legal issues arising in the telecoms, IT, and media industries. Dr Peter Coe, Lecturer in Law at the University of Reading, is the journal’s Editor-in-Chief.