Call for papers: the right to be forgotten in Europe and beyond

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The Google Spain case signals both the emergence of new rights in relation to our use of digital tools and the necessity to describe and analyse in legal terms the activities of key operators such as Google.

As the third anniversary of this ruling is coming up, blogdroiteuropéen proposes we take stock of the current situation and assess the impact of the ruling, both globally and within distinct jurisdictions.

The purpose is to better understand the right that is taking shape, by focusing especially on:

  • the substantial field of application of the right: This entails, one the one hand, assessing the legal basis for acknowledging or rejecting the right (privacy, Data protection, etc.); on the other hand, determining the true nature of the right under discussion: right to delisting, right to be forgotten, right to have personal information erased, right to digital reputation?
  • the personal field of application of the right: persons with a public activity, deceased persons, minors, etc. Relevant questions include whether all or only certain search engines are targeted and what are the consequences of the right to be forgotten/right to delisting for third country nationals.
  • the territorial field of application of the right: within the EU or within the whole world?

Contributions may therefore include the following topics:

  • The implementation of Google Spain in the Member States of the EU (rulings by national courts, decisions of domestic data protection authorities, obstacles that may have arisen, adoption of new rules, etc)
  • Article 17 of the « General Data Protection Regulation » (GDPR): Right to erasure (‘right to be forgotten’)
  • The influence of Google Spain for the consecration of an equivalent (or different?) right in third States, either through litigation or legislation, including the ongoing discussions on the possibility to acknowledge such a right
  • A critical analysis of the effectiveness and usefulness of the right to be forgotten as advanced by the CJEU, as well as potential risks which it might entail
  • An assessment of how a balance could be reached between freedom of expression and protection of privacy
  • An empirical and statistical analysis of how search engines implement the right to delisting
  • A prospective analysis on the emergence (or non-emergence) of such a right in third countries or globally
  • The connexion between the right to delisting and the freedom of the press
  • The adoption of proactive measures by national authorities to encourage anonymisation of digitalised documents containing personal data (court rulings, parliamentary debates, press archives…)
  • The status of search engines after Google Spain
  • The transparency of national data protection authorities in the processing of de-listing disputes after Google Spain

Form of the contributions:

  • Blog posts (1000 words)
  • or Working Papers (max. 10 pages in Times 12)

Instructions for submitting a proposal:

Proposal should be sent to

Each proposal should include:

  • information on the authors: first and last name, position, institution, email address
  • the title of the contribution and its nature (post or Working Paper)
  • 5 key words
  • a 300-word summary


  • Deadline for sending proposals: 20 February 2017
  • Answer and notification to contributors: 10 March 2017
  • Deadline for sending the posts and Working Papers: 2 May 2017
  • Validation of posts and Working Papers by the scientific committee: between 3 and 9 May 2017. Corrections and improvements may be suggested to authors.
  • Publication of the posts and Working Papers: during the week from 15  May 2017.

The scientific coordination of this e-conference will be conducted by Olivia Tambou, Associate Professor at the Université Paris-Dauphine.

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