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Surveillance, Democracy, and the Rule of Law

Add to calendar 2022-06-09 10:00 2022-06-10 17:10 Europe/Rome Surveillance, Democracy, and the Rule of Law Sala del Consiglio and Zoom YYYY-MM-DD


Thu 09 Jun 2022 10.00 - 17.00

Fri 10 Jun 2022 09.30 - 17.10


Sala del Consiglio and Zoom

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The EUI Department of Law and the University of Portsmouth organise two days of discussion on the impact of surveillance systems on the various facets of democracy and the rule of law.

The use of surveillance systems is omnipresent in current society. Symbolised by smart cities and smart homes, surveillance through the implementation of automated systems has been transforming everyday life into measurements and patterns. While many of these systems are actually deployed by private sector organisations, many governments have been implementing automated tools for a range of policies, from public security to immigration controls and, most recently, public health. These automated systems transform the ability of public authorities and/or the public sector to ‘sort’ and monitor individuals through conducting behavioural ‘pattern’ analysis and identifying abnormal patterns within the pool of collected data. New technologies for automated ‘predictive’ surveillance thus have augmented the questions of transparency, accountability, oversight, and the protection of democratic freedoms. 

Scholars from various countries within and beyond the EU will present a total of 28 papers, organised around three core themes: Democracy and the Rule of Law in the Age of Surveillance; Automation, Surveillance, and Democracy: A Journey Through Time; and (Re)imagining Rights and Legal Remedies. The event also features a keynote talk by Michael O’Flaherty, Director of the EU Agency for Fundamental Rights. The full programme for the Conference is attached below.

In addition to online participation, there are limited spots available for joining us in person at Villa Salviati, which will be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis. We are looking forward to welcoming you virtually or in person.


Dr Alba Ribera Martinez (University Carlos III of Madrid)

Alexandra Karaiskou

András Pethő (Direkt36)

Antonella Zarra (Hamburg University)

Ardi Janjeva (RUSI)

Dr Barbara Grabowska-Moroz (CEU Democracy Institute)

Kuan-wei Chen (Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich)

Dr Chiara Graziani (University of Bocconi)

Dr Elad Gil (Hebrew University/Duke University)

Dr Elena Consiglio (University of Palermo)

Dr. Elettra Bietti (NYU)

Giovanni De Gregorio (Católica Global School of Law)

Prof Jan-Jaap Oerlemans (Utrecht University)

Dr Jiahong Chen (University of Sheffield)

Dr Joanna Mazur (University of Warsaw)

Dr Joe Atkinson (University of Sheffield)

Prof. Kim Lane Scheppele (Princeton University)

Lena Riecke (Leiden University)

Dr Lucas Miotto Lopes (University of Maastricht)

Maria Avramidou (KU Leuven)

Dr Maja Nisevic (KU Leuven)

Prof Michael Birnhack (Tel-Aviv University)

Dr Mireille Hagens (Utrecht University)

Natalia Menendez (European University Institute)

Dr Niovi Vavoula (QMUL)

Oreste Pollicino (Bocconi University)

Dr Paul Scott (University of Glasgow)

Dr Philippa Collins (University of Bristol)

Sophie Harleman (University of Utrecht)

Susie Alegre (Doughty Street Chambers)

Dr Tamar Megiddo (The College of Law and Business)

Timo Zandstra (University of Utrecht)

Gabriel Toggenburg (European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights)

Prof Michael O'Flaherty (European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights)

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