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Februar 2023

Hardly Law or Hard Law?

We welcome Carl Vander Maelen to this Leibniz Media Lunch Talk. He is PhD researcher at Ghent University and research fellow at the HBI. In his talk, he explores the similarities and differences between GDPR codes and DSA codes and casts light on their normative repercussions in the EU’s ICT policy. 

Martin Fertmann will provide the introduction. The event will be held in English. 


12 p.m. to 1 p.m.


If you would like to attend, please register using this form. You will receive the registration data for Zoom shortly before the event.

About the Talk

The EU increasingly involves private actors in its ICT policy. The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) tasks private actors with developing codes of conduct to specify and implement the GDPR (articles 40-41). The upcoming Digital Services Act (DSA) continues that trend. It states in article 45 that codes should “contribute to the proper application” of the DSA and that very large online platforms (VLOPs) must at least annually audit their compliance with codes (article 37.1.b). The DSA only enters into application in 2024, but codes are already circulating. The ‘2022 Strengthened Code of Practice on Disinformation’ states that it “aims to become a Code” under the DSA. The ‘Code of conduct on countering illegal hate speech online’ may follow suit. This talk will explore the similarities and differences between GDPR codes and DSA codes, and cast light on their normative repercussions – particularly regarding accountability.

About Our Guest

Carl Vander Maelen is PhD researcher at Ghent University and during February 2023 research fellow at the HBI. His PhD thesis is entitled ‘Regulating global actors through the use of alternative regulatory instruments: an analysis of the extent to which EU codes of conduct contribute to the fragmentation or harmonisation of data protection standards’. 

Infos zur Veranstaltung


via Zoom

Contact person

Dr. Wiebke Schoon
Research Transfer and Events

Dr. Wiebke Schoon

Leibniz-Institut für Medienforschung | Hans-Bredow-Institut
Rothenbaumchaussee 36
20148 Hamburg
Tel. +49 (0)40 45 02 17 50
Fax +49 (0)40 45 02 17 77

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