An International Legal Framework for Data Protection: Issues and Prospects

Computer Law & Security Review, Vol. 25, pp. 307-317, 2009

30 Pages Posted: 5 Aug 2009

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Christopher Kuner

Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB) - Law, Science, Technology & Society Research Group; Maastricht University - Faculty of Law; University of Copenhagen - Faculty of Law; Centre for European Legal Studies

Date Written: January 24, 2009

Abstract

This article examines calls for a global legal framework for data protection, and in particular suggestions that have been made in this regard by the International Law Commission and various national data protection authorities. It first examines the scope of a potential legal framework, and proceeds to analyze the status of data protection in international law. The article then considers the various options through which an international framework could be enacted, before drawing some conclusions about the form and scope such a framework could take, the institutions that could coordinate the work on it, and whether the time is ripe for a multinational convention on data protection.

Keywords: data protection, European Union, harmonization of laws, privacy, international law

Suggested Citation

Kuner, Christopher, An International Legal Framework for Data Protection: Issues and Prospects (January 24, 2009). Computer Law & Security Review, Vol. 25, pp. 307-317, 2009. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1443802

Christopher Kuner (Contact Author)

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