To govern or to be governed, that is the question 2024 Call for Papers

The Computers, Privacy and Data Protection conference (CPDP) is an annual three-day conference devoted to privacy and data protection. The 17th edition of CPDP will be held on the 22nd to 24th of May 2024 in Brussels (Belgium). Whilst a number of speakers are specifically invited by the conference, several slots remain open to application through an annual call for papers. This Call for Papers is addressed to all researchers who wish to present their papers at the next CPDP conference.  

The submissions are split into two tracks. The first one is dedicated to experienced researchers (i.e.,postdoctoral researchers, professors, etc.), while the second one welcomes PhD students and other junior researchers. Contributions are welcome from all disciplines with perspectives on the themes of the conference. The dual-track structure of the CPDP2024 Call for Papers aims to meet the increasing interest of researchers - from all levels and from multiple disciplines - in CPDP and their expectations in terms of academic feedback and exchange.*

Please check the submission instructions below and submityour contribution through the EasyChair conference system through the following link by 26thJanuary 2024.

In particular, this call aims to reach researchers whose works relate to new technologies, privacy and data protection. Accordingly, whilst CPDP 2024 has an overarching theme – and we particularly welcome contributions relating to this theme – we welcome any original topics related to the general themes of the conference. In this regard, the overarching theme of the 2024 edition is ‘To govern or to be governed, that is the question’. CPDP2024 puts the accelerating complexity of AI at the centre stage, with the underlying question: Is AI governable? Ever more systems of artificial intelligence – with apparent inescapability – are being established in ever more parts of our lives, cultures, and societies. They bring about justified concerns as well as governance efforts. In the EU, the upcoming AI Act stands out in this regard, aiming to introduce a common framework to govern artificial intelligence. As a first step, the increasing use of AI raises governance questions: for example, who should govern AI design and applications, or what may be governed by AI?  

Can experiences and existing work in the fields of data protection and privacy help us to understand and facilitate the governance of AI? To avoid making similar mistakes, how can we learn from known challenges and continuing struggles in implementing the GDPR? How can co-operation between different supervisory or regulatory authorities and different technological, research and civic domains be established for the governance of AI in all its diverse facets? How does the meaning, shape, and practice of governance change when it faces Artificial Intelligence/ Complexity? Who is excluded or side-lined by the complexity of Artificial Intelligence and its governance, or lack thereof?

CPDP2024 will serve as a platform to reflect on, discuss, and seek answers, to these questions and many more.

We welcome cutting edge papers in all areas related to technology, privacy and data protection, but particularly invite submissions that fit the general conference theme.


The CPDP Scientific Committee invites papers in the fields of law, social sciences, philosophy, and computer sciences (as well as other relevant fields). Multidisciplinary papers are especially welcome.

Follow this link for more information about the topics presented at previous editions of CPDP.

In case of doubt regarding the suitability of a contribution for the conference, please contact Suzanne Nusselder.


  • Deadline for submissions: 26th January 2024  
  • Notification to authors: 29th March 2024
  • 2024 Conference dates: 22nd-24thMay 2023

Submission Instructions 2024 Call for Papers

Authors responding to this Call for Papers are asked to submit a full paper via a dedicated webpage on the EasyChair system, together with a short abstract and up to 5 keywords. Authors must choose between a junior and senior track. In case of papers co-authored by both junior and senior researchers, we advise to decide on the basis of the first author. Authors are asked to indicate the relevant research discipline.

Papers should be between 5000 and 7500 words in length, excluding footnotes and bibliography. Authors should make use of the Chicago reference style (Notes-Bibliography system). The text of the paper must not include the name of the author(s) and all self-references should be deleted. Submissions not meeting these criteria risk rejection without consideration of quality.

Proposed contributions and all required information should be submitted through the EasyChair conference system following this link.

Papers will be selected on the basis of their quality. All submitted papers will be peer reviewed by members of the CPDP2024 Scientific Committee or other independent reviewers and will be commented upon by distinguished scholars.

The selected researchers are expected to present their papers in the academic sessions of the conference. Authors of accepted papers must guarantee that their paper will be presented at the conference: at least one author of each accepted paper is required to register for the conference and to present the paper. The presentation of the selected papers is an important part of the academic sessions. With a view of fostering interesting discussions, selected authors are encouraged to create dynamic presentations.

Selected authors – one for each paper – will receive free entrance for the duration of the conference. Funding for travel expenses may be available for PhD Candidates who cannot cover their own costs. If you require funding, please get in touch.

Accepted papers will also be automatically put forward for publication in the conference book published by Hart Publishing, and authors who are accepted to present their papers at the conference are expected to publish these in the book – provided they are accepted for publication.

For further details on the conference structure and its main topic areas, interested researchers are invited to visit or to contact

* The CPDP organizers reserve a right to merge presentations of papers submitted within the junior and senior tracks in the joint panels.

Conference Books

It started in 2007

Fourteen books based on papers presented at previous CPDP conferences have been published, and a 15th edition is currently in production.

Beyond the Call for Papers

It started in 2007

CPDP would like to create a platform where all people passionate about privacy and data-protection can meet. If you are a social, political or computer scientist, activist, policy maker, lawyer, ICT expert or passionate person interested in being a speaker or getting involved in next year's conference, please notify the Organising Committee at the following address: