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Fundamental Rights Online Research Seminar 12 September 2019

Fundamental Rights Online Research seminar 12 September 2019

Venue: room P545 (5th floor of the Law Faculty building Porthania, Yliopistonkatu 3, Helsinki)

10.00 am-12.00 noon

Welcoming words by Susanna Lindroos-Hovinheimo (Professor of Public Law, Helsinki)

Beate Roessler (Professor of Ethics, Amsterdam): Online Manipulation: Possible Consequences for Personal and Political Autonomy
Anette Alén-Savikko (Post-Doctoral Researcher, Helsinki): Transparency in News Automation – Examining a Fundamental Rights Perspective
Ida Koivisto (Assistant Professor of Public Law, Helsinki): Thinking inside the Box: The Promise and Boundaries of Algorithmic Transparency

Chair: Tuomas Ojanen (Professor of Constitutional Law, Helsinki)

12.00 noon-1.30 pm lunch break

1.30 pm-3.00 pm

Oreste Pollicino (Professor of Constitutional Law, Bocconi): topic tbc
Päivi Korpisaari (Professor of Media Law, Helsinki): Website Administrators´ Liability for Offensive Content Posted by Third Parties

Chair: Susanna Lindroos-Hovinheimo (Professor of Public Law, Helsinki)

3.00 pm-3.30 pm coffee

3.30-5.00 pm

Marta Maroni (Doctoral Researcher, Helsinki): The Right to Access the Internet: Assessing Constitutional Dilemmas for Internet Governance
Bilyana Petkova (Affiliate Fellow, Yale Information Society Project): Privacy and the City: How Data Shapes City Identities

Closing discussion

Chair: Ida Koivisto (Assistant Professor of Public Law, Helsinki)

Seminar on Autonomy of EU Law with Gareth Davies 12 December

The Reconfiguring Privacy research project organises a seminar with Professor Gareth Davies (Vrije Universiteit, Amsterdam) on Wednesday 12 December at 12-2 pm in P545, Porthania.

Building on interpretative pluralism, Prof. Davies will talk on ‘The autonomy of EU Law – a myth that deserves to die’. He suggests that interpretative authority should be decentralized: Member States, and indeed judges, should have some degree of autonomy over the texts that shape their lives, some capacity to participate in constructing their meaning. Professor Jukka Snell (Turku) will comment and Justice Alice Guimaraes-Purokoski (Supreme Administrative Court) will join to discuss. The springboard for the talk is Davies’s new article in European Law Journal the general argument of which will be further explored by linking informational autonomy and dignity.

 Prof. Davies was a barrister in London before working as a University Lecturer at the University of Groningen (2000-2007). He moved to Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam in 2007. In 2006 he was an Emile Noel Fellow at New York University Law School, and in 2014 a Fernand Braudel Senior Fellow at the EUI. He is the co-author, with Damian Chalmers and Giorgio Monti of EU Law (3rd edn, Cambridge University Press, 2014). He is one of the leaders of the European Constitutionalism theme of ACCESS Europe, an inter-university European studies research platform (

Everybody is welcome, no prior registration needed. Coffee will be served.

Kind regards,
Susanna Lindroos-Hovinheimo and Suvi Sankari

Seminar on EU Fundamental Rights

The Reconfiguring Privacy project organises a seminar with Professor Jukka Snell (Turku) on Tuesday 20 November at 1-3 pm in P668, Porthania. Snell will give a paper on ‘The Scope of EU Fundamental Rights’ where he critically analyses recent judgments related to the federal development in interpreting fundamental rights. The commentators are Ukri Soirila on critique of fundamental rights and Niklas Vainio on recent developments of privacy rights.

Snell is a Professor of European Law. He serves as a Joint Editor for European Law Review and has published extensively on current European topics:

Everybody is welcome, no prior registration needed. Coffee will be served.

Kind regards,
Suvi Sankari & Susanna Lindroos-Hovinheimo

Seminar on Privacy Theory 23 May

The Reconfiguring Privacy project organises a seminar with Dr Bart van der Sloot (Tilburg) on Wednesday 23 May at 13-16 in P545, Porthania. Van der Sloot will give a paper that will be commented on by Professor Juha Räikkä (Turku) and Dr Jens Kremer (Helsinki).
Bart van der Sloot works as Assistant Professor at the Tilburg Institute for Law, Technology and Society. He has published extensively on privacy and personal data issues, including Privacy as Virtue: Moving Beyond the Individual in the Age of Big Data (Intersentia 2017). He is also the general editor of the privacy journal Euopean Data Protection Law Review.  

Please find more information about him here:
Everybody is welcome, no prior registration needed. Coffee will be served.


Seminar on EU Law and Social Relations 4-5 December

The Reconfiguring Privacy project will organise a workshop with the FOLIE research group from Sciences Po Paris. It will take place in Porthania P545 on Monday 4 December and Tuesday 5 December. The programme for the different sessions will be drafted a bit later.

FOLIE studies the role of European Union law in social relations and practices pertaining to migration, families, markets, territory, nations and other such formations of social life. The director of the group is Professor Loïc Azoulai, who has published extensively on theory of European law. His latest books include the edited volume ‘Persons and Personhood in EU Law’ (L. Azoulai, S. Barbou des Places, E. Pataut eds.).

Professor Azoulai will give a keynote talk on Monday 4 December at 1-3 pm.

Please find more information about FOLIE here:

Everybody is welcome to the event. No prior registration needed.

Seminar with Alexander Somek 20 September

Welcome to a research seminar with Professor Alexander Somek on European law on Wednesday 20th September in Porthania P545 at 2-5 pm. Professor Somek will discuss the topic ‘The European Model of Transnational Democracy’. No prior registration required.

Alexander Somek is Professor of Legal Philosophy at the University of Vienna School of Law (formerly Charles E. Floete Chair in Law at the University of Iowa College of Law). He has published extensively on public law and legal philosophy. His recent EU law related monographs are: The Cosmopolitan Constitution, Oxford University Press 2014; Engineering Equality: An Essay on European Antidiscrimination Law, Oxford University Press 2011; and Individualism: An Essay on the Authority of the European Union, Oxford University Press 2008.

The seminar is organised by the research project Reconfiguring Privacy – A Study of the Political Foundations of Privacy Regulation.

Reconfiguring Privacy is a research project that studies social and political dimensions of European Privacy and personal data regulation.