The 9th Annual Privacy Law Scholars Conference

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The 9th Annual Privacy Law Scholars Conference

Thursday and Friday, June 2-3, 2016

George Washington University School of Law Marvin Center
2000 H Street, NW
Washington, DC

Co-Chairs: George Washington University Law Professor Daniel J. Solove & Berkeley Law lecturer in residence Chris Jay Hoofnagle

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.

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.

PLSC is an invitation-only conference.

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 2016 (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.

Microsoft Pre-Conference and Reception

On Wednesday June 1 Microsoft will be hosting a late afternoon pre-conference panel discussion on current data protection and privacy topics. That forum will be followed by a PLSC kick-off reception also at Microsoft. PLSC participants are invited to both events. Details to follow for each.


Q. What happens in a workshop?

At PLSC, papers are introduced by a “commenter.” This commenter discusses the basic contours of the paper and invites the workshop group to discuss themes and questions raised by it. The author participates in the discussion, but does not present or otherwise direct the conversation. The idea is to help the author understand how others interpret the paper, and to give advice on content and even the strategy of getting published. Workshops are both informal and friendly in nature.

Q. What is the dress code?

Whatever you want to wear. Really. Most participants wear something approximating business casual.

Q. Do I need to submit a paper?

No. Most PLSC participants do not write a paper for PLSC and instead participate in the various paper discussions.

Q. I like to use slides. Is there a projector and a laptop in the workshop room?

No. Our workshop (and economic) model is based on participant conversation, not presentation.

Q. What if my abstract is not accepted? Have I just forfeited the fee?

The point of PLSC is to build a community around privacy scholarship and so we think you ought to still participate in the event. But if you want to cancel, you are free to do so. You may ask for a refund until May 1, 2016 by emailing

Q. I need to cancel, can I get my fee refunded?

Yes, so long as you ask for a refund by May 1, 2016 by emailing

Q. May I pay the fee by check?

Yes, please make your check out to the “UC Regents” and mail it to BCLT Attn: PLSC Registration, 421 Boalt Hall, North Addition, University of California, Berkeley, School of Law Berkeley, California, 94720-7200