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The 8th Asian Privacy Scholars Network Conference: Privacy, Confidence & Data Protection in the 21st Century

December 5, 2019 @ 9:00 am - December 6, 2019 @ 2:30 pm UTC+8


The 8th Asian Privacy Scholars Network (APSN) Conference will be held from Thursday, 5 December to Friday, 6 December, 2019 at the Faculty of Law, National University of Singapore.

Theme of Conference

The theme of the 8th APSN Conference is “Privacy, Confidence & Data Protection in the 21st Century”. This theme encourages the submission of papers covering contemporary issues relating to invasion of privacy, the breach of confidence action and data protection legislation. It welcomes a wide range of submissions for the parallel sessions, from theoretical papers that interrogate conceptual frameworks to practical analyses of personal data protection legislation such as the EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and comparable national regulatory regimes. Papers from non-legal scholars are welcomed.

Conference Dates, Venue and Fees

Dates : 5 and 6 December 2019 (Thursday & Friday)
Venue : Faculty of Law, National University of Singapore (NUS Law),
Bukit Timah Campus*
(located next to the Singapore Botanic Gardens, a UNESCO World Heritage Site)
Participants : 100 (maximum)
Fees : S$100 per participant
(all conference meals will be covered by NUS Law)
Convenor : Professor David Tan, NUS Law

* Plenary sessions will be held in the auditorium, and breakout panel sessions will be held in seminar rooms each equipped with powerpoint projection facilities.

Call for Papers

Participants are requested to submit their paper proposal to apsn2019@nus.edu.sg by 30 August 2019.

The proposal should include: (i) Title; (ii) Abstract (up to 200 words); (iii) Biography of Presenter (up to 200 words); (iv) whether you would like your paper to be considered for publication in a special edition of the Singapore Journal of Legal Studies.

Hosting Institution – NUS Law

Established sixty years ago, the National University of Singapore Faculty of Law (NUS Law) is widely regarded as Asia’s leading law school. It has been consistently ranked by Quacquarelli Symonds amongst the top 20 law schools in the world (#13 in 2019, #15 in 2017 and 2018) and was ranked #21 for law in the 2019 Times Higher Education World University Rankings.

Founded in 1956 as the Law Department of the University of Malaya in Singapore, the faculty accepted its first undergraduate cohort in 1957 — including Ambassador-at-large Professor Tommy Koh, Singapore’s former Chief Justice Chan Sek Keong and Emeritus Professor Koh Kheng Lian – who went on to play important roles in shaping Singapore’s laws and legal practices. Over six decades, NUS Law has made a tremendous impact on the study and the practice of law in Singapore.

Despite its humble beginnings, the faculty’s student population has expanded from its pioneer batch of 22 students to an intake of 250 undergraduate students and 120 graduate students per year today. These students are taught by around over 70 full-time faculty members and over three dozen adjunct and visiting professors representing most of the major jurisdictions around the world.

To date, NUS Law has produced more than 10,000 law graduates, who have gone on to occupy the senior ranks of the judiciary, government, private practice, business, the arts and media communities as well as almost every niche of professional life in Singapore. Prominent NUS Law alumni include Singapore’s first female President Madam Halimah Yacob ’78, Minister for Home Affairs and Minister for Law K. Shanmugam ’84, Chief Justice Sundaresh Menon ’86, actor and playwright Ivan Heng ’88, co-founder and CEO of Razer Inc, Tan Min-Liang ’02, and fashion designer Priscilla Shunmugam ’06.


Five papers were published in a special APSN Conference issue of the Singapore Journal of Legal Studies (SJLS):

  1. A Common Law of Privacy?
    Megan Richardson
  2. Enforcement Design for Data Privacy: A Comparative Study
    Gehan Gunasekara
  3. The Charter of Fundamental Rights, the Aims of EU Competition Law and Data Protection: Time to Level the Playing Field
    Divin De Buffalo Irakiza
  4. Whose Health Record? A Comparison of Patient Rights Under National Electronic Health Record (NEHR) Regulations in Europe and Asia-Pacific Jurisdictions
    James Scheibner, Marcello Ienca and Effy Vayena
  5. Three Shades of Data: Australia, Philippines, Thailand
    Robert Brian Smith, Mark Perry and Nucharee Nuchkoom Smith

The Introduction to the APSN Conference issue of the SJLS, written by Prof David Tan, can be read here.


December 5, 2019 @ 9:00 am UTC+8
December 6, 2019 @ 2:30 pm UTC+8
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EW Barker Centre for Law & Business, Faculty of Law, National University of Singapore
(65) 6516 1305
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Faculty of Law, National University of Singapore
Eu Tong Sen Building, 469G Bukit Timah Road Singapore + Google Map