ILA Committee on the Protection of Privacy in Private International and Procedural Law

The ILA Committee on the Protection of Privacy in Private International and Procedural Law was established in 2013 to create a forum on the protection of privacy in the context of private international and procedural law. The Committee is chaired by Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. mult. Burkhard Hess, Prof. Jan von Hein and Dr. Cristina M. Mariottini have been appointed Committee co-rapporteurs.

The scope of the Committee - which comprises experts from Australia, Belgium, Brazil, France, Germany, Greece, Italy, Japan, Korea, Luxembourg, Spain, United Kingdom, and United States of America - encompasses the protection of personality rights against violations between private parties and by mass media, especially with regard to non-contractual claims, also taking into account the question of the liability of Internet service providers and intermediaries; the protection of privacy in social media, especially with regard to contractual and quasi-contractual claims; data protection; questions of consumer protection and protection of minors; as well as alternative dispute resolution mechanisms.

The Committee's activity focuses on the promotion of international co-operation and the contribution to predictability on issues of jurisdiction, applicable law, and circulation of judgments in privacy matters, taking into account, i.a., human rights, legislation and recent case-law of national and supra-national courts.

With a view to providing a sense of the problems and the available solutions with regard to the protection of privacy, the Committee aims at drafting guidelines and principles.

In the framework of the Committee, a conference was hosted in September 2014 at the Max Planck Institute Luxembourg the proceedings of which have been published in Protecting Privacy in Private International and Procedural Law and by Data Protection. European and American Developments, B. Hess and C.M. Mariottini (eds) (2015).

More information on the Committee is available at www.ila-hq.org/index.php/committees.