June 2017 – The 10th Annual Privacy Law Scholars Conference (PLSC)

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Thursday and Friday, June 1 & 2, 2017
Hosted by the University of California, Berkeley
Pre-conference event May 31st at the University Stadium
Proceedings at the Claremont Hotel


  • Daniel J. Solove, George Washington University Law Professor
  • Chris Jay Hoofnagle, Berkeley School of Information & School of Law Adjunct Professor

PLSC assembles privacy law scholars and practitioners from around the world to discuss current issues and foster greater connections between academia and practice. It brings together privacy law scholars, privacy scholars from other disciplines (economics, philosophy, political science, computer science), and practitioners (industry, legal, advocacy, and government).

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 260 participants.

 Apologies, as of April 2, 2017, PLSC is full and we are maintaining a waitlist.

Pre-Conference Event (At the University Stadium)

Please join us for a pre-PLSC event sponsored by Microsoft. We will have a discussion and reception from 6–8:30 PM.

Panel Discussion at 6:30 PM
Led by Danielle Citron and Ryan Calo, joined by Kristen Eichensehr, Amanda Levendowski, and Christian Svanberg.

California Memorial Stadium
University Club
2227 Piedmont Ave
Berkeley, CA 94720

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 $2500 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.

Announcing the Northeast Privacy Scholars Workshop

We are delighted to circulate news of the first Northeast Privacy Scholars Workshop. See the website for more details.


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