The European Union and the Search for an International Data Protection Framework

Groningen Journal of International Law, volume 2 number 2, pp. 55-71, 2014

University of Cambridge Faculty of Law Research Paper No. 48/2015

18 Pages Posted: 12 Sep 2014 Last revised: 21 Aug 2015

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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

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Date Written: December 6, 2014

Abstract

The European Union (EU) has supported the growing calls for the creation of an international legal framework to safeguard data protection rights. At the same time, it has worked to spread its data protection law to other regions, and recent judgments of the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) have reaffirmed the autonomous nature of EU law and the primacy of EU fundamental rights law. The tension between initiatives to create a global data protection framework and the assertion of EU data protection law raises questions about how the EU can best promote data protection on a global level, and about the EU’s responsibilities to third countries that have adopted its system of data protection.

Keywords: European Union, data protection, Court of Justice of the European Union, privacy, international law

Suggested Citation

Kuner, Christopher, The European Union and the Search for an International Data Protection Framework (December 6, 2014). Groningen Journal of International Law, volume 2 number 2, pp. 55-71, 2014; University of Cambridge Faculty of Law Research Paper No. 48/2015. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2495273 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2495273

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