We have the great pleasure to welcome you to the first Privacy Law Scholars Conference (PLSC) to be held in Lausanne on Thursday and Friday, September 14 and 15, 2023, at the University of Lausanne, Switzerland.

This event has been inspired by the Privacy Law Scholars Conferences created in the United States in 2008 by Prof. Daniel J. Solove (The George Washington University Law School) and Prof Chris Jay Hoofnagle (Berkeley Law School), but is not sanctioned nor licensed by PLSC (privacyscholars.org).

What is PLSC ?

PLSC is a paper workshop conference. We follow a format where a discussant, rather than the author, introduces and leads a discussion on the paper. There are no panels nor talking heads, and everyone is a “participant”. Thus, conference participants will be expected to read the papers of the sessions they attend in advance to ensure high-quality discussions. Having your paper accepted is not a requirement for attending and contributing to the conference, and indeed many attendees do not present a paper.

We do not provide an opportunity to publish your paper. Our goal is simply to improve and provide support for in-progress scholarship. To do so, PLSC assembles a wide array of privacy law scholars and practitioners from Europe and abroad to discuss the papers. Privacy is meant in a broader sense and scholars from many disciplines (law, psychology, economics, sociology, philosophy, political science, computer science, etc.) also participate.

Key dates

  • Abstract due: Friday, March 31, 2023
  • Registration for participants: Friday, June 9, 2023 (we accept late registration as long as their are available seats)
  • Notification of acceptance: early May, 2023
  • Full draft due: Thursday, August 3, 2023
  • PLSC: Thursday and Friday, September 14-15, 2023

Submissions and registrations

We welcome submissions and registration from all relevant backgrounds. Please note that there are limited places. You can register and submit an abstract until March 31, 2023. We will then inform you by early May if your paper has been accepted or not. The papers will be made available to conference participants mid-August 2023.

You can register to attend the conference with or without submitting an abstract. You can also offer yourself to comment on a paper, which is greatly appreciated. The registration deadline for participants is Friday, June 9, 2023. After that you can still register but, we cannot guarantee hotel prefered rates or seats at the gala dinner.

When you register, you will be asked to provide your name, institutional affiliation, and contact information. Once your registration is complete, you can submit an abstract. You will be asked to submit the title of your paper and an abstract of 500-700 words (without references) that explains the main contributions of your paper and how it relates to the existing relevant literature, as well as the information regarding co-authors, if applicable. Your abstract should show the nature of the contribution of your paper to the field and how it relates to that literature. Any funding or sponsorship must be disclosed. Papers subject to any kind of control by a sponsor shall not be submitted.


CHF 400.-, reduced at CHF 250.- for academics, Government and NGOs. The conference fees include coffee breaks, lunches and gala dinner.

Responsible Organizer

Prof. Sylvain Métille, University of Lausanne.


PLSC Lausanne 2023 does not receive any form of sponsorship.


If you have any questions, please have a look at the frequently asked questions (FAQ).