Intersection of Competition Law & Privacy
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Intersection of Competition Law & Privacy
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- Anna BuchtaHead of Unit of Policy and Consultation at EDPSAnna Buchta is Head of Unit “Policy & Consultation” at the European Data Protection Supervisor (EDPS), coordinating the work of the EDPS on providing advice to the EU legislators on legislative and policy proposals relevant to data protection. She has extensive experience in data protection and privacy regulations and litigation before the Court of Justice, notably in several cases concerning data retention, national security and PNR. She was one of the institutional rapporteurs on EU data protection for the FIDE2021 Congress (reports available here: https://fide2020.eu/fide-2020/topics/). She participates in working groups of the High-Level Group on Access to Data for Effective Law Enforcement co-chaired by the Commission and the Presidency of the Council. Previously, Anna worked at the European Commission, among others on data privacy in electronic communications. Before that, she was a researcher at the Interdisciplinary Centre for Law and ICT (ICRI, currently CITIP) at KU Leuven (Belgium) and worked as a lawyer in private practice. Anna has a master's degree in Law from the University of Warsaw (Poland) and a Master of Laws (LL.M.) degree from KU Leuven.
- Jacques SteenbergenFormer President at Belgian Competition AuthorityProf. em. Dr. Jacques Steenbergen (born in Antwerp (Belgium) in 1949) was from its establishment as an independent authority in 2013 till 2023 president of the Belgian Competition Authority. He was from 2007 to 2013 director general of the directorate general for competition in the Belgian ministry of economic affairs. He taught competition law at the University of Leuven from 1980 to 2014. Before joining the competition authority, he was partner in the Brussels office of Allen & Overy, and he has been legal secretary to the President of the Court of Justice under the presidency of Prof. J. Mertens de Wilmars. He was also member of the Bureau of the Competition Committee of the OECD from 2010 till 2021. He is member of the board of editors and former editor-in-chief of the Dutch-Belgian European law review SEW and member of the scientific committee of the law review Concurrences. He is a honorary member of the Bar of Brussels (Nederlandse Orde van Advocaten bij de Balie te Brussel) and a former member of the Brussels and Flemish Bar Councils. He lectured or gave conferences and served as member of nomination or PhD examination committees in institutes and universities in Austria, Belgium, China, France, Hungary, Italy, the Netherlands, Poland, Romania, Slovenia, Spain, Switzerland, Turkey, the United Kingdom, and the United States. He was also speaker or chairman at conferences in Australia, Brazil, Cyprus, the Czech Republic, Estonia, Germany, Greece, Japan, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Morocco, Portugal, the Slovak Republic, Slovenia, Switzerland and Tunisia. He publishes regularly on EU and competition law. He obtained a PhD at the KU Leuven with prof. dr. W. van Gerven on legal remedies and ailing industries (1978). He holds a masters degree in law from the KU Leuven (1972), and bachelor degrees or equivalent certificates in law, philosophy and economics from the University of Antwerp (UFSIA)(1969). He is a Grand Officer in the Order of Leopold.
- Klaudia MajcherAssistant Professor at WU (Vienna University of Economics and Business)Klaudia Majcher is an Assistant Professor at the Vienna University of Economics and Business (WU) in the Research Group on Competition and Digitalization, a Post-Doc Felow at the Competition Law Hub and a Senior Associate Researcher at the Free University of Brussels (VUB). Her research focuses on digital competition law, green competition law, digital regulation, as well as interactions between competition law and other legal areas, including data protection. Her book titled ‘Coherence Between Competition Law and Data Protection in Digital Markets’ was published by Oxford University Press in 2023. Between 2018 and 2020, Klaudia worked as a Digital Policy Analyst at the European Political Strategy Centre, the Brussels-based in-house think-tank of the President of the European Commission. In this capacity, she was responsible for providing advice on EU’s digital policies related in particular to competition in online markets, data initiatives, and Artificial Intelligence. Klaudia obtained her doctoral degree at the VUB, where in September 2020 she defended her dissertation on the interactions between competition law and data protection in digital markets. She conducted parts of her research as a Visiting Researcher at the Fordham Law School in New York and at the European University Institute in Florence. Since 2014, she has thought a number of courses and lectures on competition law and digital regulation at the VUB, WU, Vienna Diplomatic Academy and the College of Europe (Brugge).