Maastricht University, LIBE Committee Present High Level Conference


Maastricht University in partnership with the European Parliament Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs (the LIBE Committee) is presenting an eclectic group of high-level speakers at the Maastricht University Campus in Brussels. The high-level conference will take place on October 20 and 21, 2015.

The event aims to create an open forum and Offer an opportunity to meet and engage with key policy makers and industry decision makers from both sides of the Atlantic in the area of data protection, privacy, digital security and cybercrime. The conference is tagged ‘UM @tlantic Series – Protecting and Securing Data across the Atlantic: A Bridge Too Wide?’

The aim of the event is to create a platform for interactions between policy makers, legal professionals, academics, industry and NGO participants from the EU and the US. The main aim is to establish a sound understanding of each other’s points of view through an open and constructive discussion. Each day of the event will feature keynote speeches and panel discussions addressing the various topics and at the end of the first day there is a dinner for the speakers and the attendees.


The event will be held under a strict Chatham House Rule to enable an open dialogue and foster a discussion of the topics to the fullest extent possible. The rule states that: “Participants are free to use the information received, but neither the identity nor the affiliation of the speaker(s), nor that of any other participant, may be revealed.” Participants may be asked to sign a Non-Disclosure-Agreement to this extent upon registration.


To register for the conference, go here.

Some of the speakers include:

  • Ted Dean, Deputy Assistant for Services, International Trade Administration, U.S. Department of Commerce
  • Jessica L. Rich, Director, Bureau of Consumer Protection, U.S. Federal Trade Commission
  • Claude Moraes, MEP – S&D (Chair of the LIBE Committee)
  • Jan Philipp Albrecht, MEP – Greens
  • Axel Voss, MEP – EPP
  • Paul F. Nemitz, Director for Fundamental rights and Union citizenship in the D-G JUSTICE of the European Commission
  • Karolina Mojzesowicz, Head of DP Reform, D-G Justice, European Commission, Brussels
  • Giovanni Buttarelli, European Data Protection Supervisor
  • Isabelle Vereecken, Legal Advisor to the Belgian Privacy Commission
  • William Malcolm, Senior Privacy Counsel at Google
  • Marie-Charlotte Roques Bonnet, Director for EMEA Privacy Policy, Microsoft
  • Joe McNamee, Executive Director of European Digital Rights
  • Neal Cohen, Fellow at the Berkman Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University; Lawyer in the Privacy & Security practice group at Perkins Coie LLP; amongst others.