UC Berkeley Law School
Organized jointly by BCLT and the George Washington University Law School, the Privacy Law Scholars Conference (PLSC) assembles a wide array of privacy law scholars and practitioners from around the world to discuss current issues and foster greater connections between academia and practice. PLSC brings together privacy law scholars, privacy scholars from other disciplines (economics, philosophy, political science, computer science), and practitioners (industry, legal, advocacy, and government). For more information, see our FAQ.
PLSC is a paper workshop. There are no published proceedings, and after the event, papers are not available. Because authors’ drafts are works in progress, we do not publicly release these writings, nor do we publicize them (no Tweeting, blogging, etc.), as authors’ ideas are often inchoate and need incubation for full development.
At PLSC, papers workshops are led by a “commenter” who facilitates a discussion among participants on an author’s paper. Authors are encouraged to participate in “listening” mode. There are no panels or talking head events at PLSC.
All participants are expected to read and be prepared to discuss one paper per session (usually a total of 8 papers), and thus PLSC requires significant preparation. We recommended that participants devote 1.5 to 2 days of reading to prepare prior to the conference. One does not need to submit a paper to participate in PLSC–indeed most participants do not.
PLSC is an annual event, alternating between Berkeley Law and The George Washington University School of Law.
Participation is by invitation only. Last year, PLSC had 280 participants.
International Association of Privacy Professionals Paper Award
The International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP) is sponsoring an award for two papers presented at PLSC. The two winning authors will each receive $2,500 from IAPP, an opportunity to present the paper at the IAPP Privacy Academy 2017 (travel will be provided for up to two authors of each paper), and an opportunity to publish an abstract or summary of the paper in the Privacy Advisor. The criteria are overall excellence and relevance to the practice of privacy law. and the recipients are chosen by our program committee.
PLSC Program Committee
The PLSC Program Committee assists in judging papers for awards, and in selecting abstracts for inclusion in the conference.
- Franziska Boehm, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology
- Ryan Calo, University of Washington
- Danielle Citron, University of Maryland Carey School of Law
- Julie Cohen, Georgetown University Law Center
- Deven Desai, Georgia Institute of Technology
- Woodrow Hartzog, Northeastern University School of Law
- Kirsty Hughes, University of Cambridge
- William McGeveran, University of Minnesota Law School
- Paul Ohm, Georgetown University Law Center
- Paul Schwartz, Berkeley Law
- Priscilla Regan, George Mason University
- Neil Richards, Washington University Law
- Daniel J. Solove, George Washington University School of Law
- Chris Jay Hoofnagle, UC Berkeley Law & School of Information
In 2018, the Program Committee adopted a statement reflecting our longstanding approach to sponsorship.