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Beyond the Brussels effect? Data protection laws in North Africa

Presentation of the study "Data Protection Laws in Northern Africa" and expert panel discussion at the Headquarters of the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung in Berlin

The event will be recorded and streamed live online

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What is the state of play on data protection in North Africa? Can we observe a Brussels effect in data protection regulations in North Africa?

For many, the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) is the gold standard of data protection in the world. But how is it seen outside Europe? In cooperation with the KAS Rule of Law Porgramme Middle East & North Africa (MENA), Prof. Dr. Moritz Hennemann and Dr. Patricia Boshe from the University of Passau have prepared a detailed comparative overview of the current status and development of data protection regulations in seven North African countries. The report assesses the status of data protection laws in the North African countries of Algeria, Egypt, Libya, Mauritania, Morocco, Sudan and Tunisia.

After welcoming remarks by Dr. Peter Fischer-Bollin, Head of the KAS Department Analysis and Consulting, and Mr. Philipp Bremer, Director of the KAS Rule of Law Programme MENA, the study will be presented by Dr. Patricia Boshe, followed by an expert discussion featuring 

  • Philipp Schulte, Policy Advisor for Digital Development at the GIZ, 
  • Prof. Dr. Moritz Hennemann, Co-author, Chair holder for European and International Information and Data Law at the University of Passau,
  • Tamar Kaldani, Data protection expert and advisor to the 'GLACY+' project of the
    EU and the Council of Europe ('Global Action on Cybercrime Extended'); advised on data protection legislation in Kenya, Gambia and Sudan, among others;
  • Dr. Tobias Born, Senior Associate Baker McKenzie, formerly Head of Data Protection for the EMEA region for eBay.


- The event will take place on the 20th of April 2023 at 4 PM (Berlin/ Cairo) / 2 PM (Casablanca) / 3 PM (Algier/ Tunis) / 5 PM (Beirut) 

- The event will be held in English. There will be no translation. 

- The event will be recorded and streamed online via this link.

- Find the study here.

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