Topic 1: National Courts and the Enforcement of EU Law

Michal Bobek

Court of Justice of the European Union (formerly)

Born 1977; master’s degree in law and master’s degree in international relations (Charles University in Prague); diploma in English law and the law of the European Union (University of Cambridge); Magister Juris (University of Oxford, St. Edmund Hall); Doctor of Laws (European University Institute, Florence); studies at the Université libre de Bruxelles and the University of Queensland (Australia); Legal Secretary to the President of the Supreme Administrative Court of the Czech Republic (2005-09) and Head of the Research and Documentation Department of that court (2008-09); qualified to perform the duties of a judge in the Czech Republic (2009); Fellow (2011-12) and Research Fellow (2013-16) at the Institute of European and Comparative Law of the University of Oxford; Professor at the College of Europe in Bruges (2013-15); Member of the Board of Appeals of the Czech National Bank (2013-15); Ad hoc judge at the European Court of Human Rights (2013-15); Co-founder and President of the Czech Society for European and Comparative Law; lecturer and visiting professor at numerous universities in Europe and elsewhere; author of numerous publications in the field of EU law, European human rights, comparative (public) law and legal theory; Advocate General at the Court of Justice since 7 October 2015.

Topic 2: The new EU Data Protection Regime

Herke Kranenborg

European Commission

Herke Kranenborg is member of the European Commission’s Legal Service specialising in the field of privacy and data protection. In addition to advising client directorates-general in these areas, he regularly represents the Commission in litigation before the EU Courts. Since 2010, Herke is an affiliated senior researcher at the Institute for European Law of the K.U. Leuven. Previously, he worked at the Office of the European Data Protection Supervisor (EDPS). His PhD thesis, on the subject of EU data protection and public access to documents, was awarded by the Europa Institute of the University of Leiden (2007). Together with Luc Verhey, Herke recently finalised a monograph on the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR): De Algemene Verordening Gegevensbescherming in Europees en Nederlands perspectief. He has numerous national and international academic publications on data protection, privacy and fundamental rights in general.

Topic 3: EU Competition Law and the Digital Economy

Thomas Kramler

European Commission

Thomas Kramler is Head of the Digital Single Market Task Force in the European Commission’s Directorate General for Competition. Mr Kramler holds a law degree and a PhD from the University of Vienna, Austria. He has graduated with a Master’s degree in European Community Law from the College of Europe (Bruges). Previously Mr Kramler was deputy head of the unit responsible for antitrust cases in the information industries, internet and consumer electronics sectors. Before joining the European Commission Mr Kramler worked as agent representing the Austrian government before the European Courts in Luxemburg.

Topic 2: The new EU Data Protection Regime

Anna Buchta

European Data Protection Supervisor

Anna BUCHTA is currently heading the Policy and Consultation unit at the EDPS. She is coordinating the EDPS work on providing advice to EU institutions and bodies on legislative and policy proposals relevant to data protection. 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 at KU Leuven (Belgium) and worked as a lawyer in private practice. She has extensive experience in data protection and privacy regulations, institutional law, and litigation before the CJEU. Anna has a master’s degree in Law from the University of Warsaw (Poland) and a Master of Laws (LL.M.) degree from the K.U. Leuven (Belgium).