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Annual Conference

We are very pleased that the University of Minho, Braga, Portugal has offered to host the 2017 BILETA Conference; it is a crucial time to strengthen and develop research links across Europe.

Full BILETA programme available here: BILETA Programme


Anfiteatro Nobre 11.45-12.50 Friday 21st April

Chair: Catherine Easton

All delegates are invited to this session to watch three authors defend their papers to compete for the postgrad Google award. The prize will be awarded following a secret vote from the audience and the winner will be announced over lunch.

11.45-11.50 Introduction


Examining data protection enforcement actions through qualitative interviews and data exploration

Author: Aaron Ceross

Discussant: Judith Rauhofer


Automated Investigations: The Role of the Request Filter in Communications Data Analysis

Author: Allison M Holmes

Discussant: Edina Harbinja


Contesting the decision: Living in (and living with) the smart city

Author: Matthew Jewell

Discussant: Abbie Brown

BILETA 2017 Call for Papers

The Law School of the University of Minho will be hosting the BILETA Annual Conference, held from Thursday 20th to Friday 21st of April 2017. The University is located in Braga, Portugal and offers a law degree and several postgraduate courses, including a Masters Course in Law and Informatics and a LL.M. in European and Transglobal Business Law.

The theme of the conference is: International perspectives on emerging challenges in Law, Technology and Education.

We are extremely pleased to announce our keynote speakers:

  • Professor Joe Cannataci: UN Special Rapporteur on the right to privacy

  • Professor Jose-Luis Pinar: Professor of Administrative Law, CEU University of Madrid. Former Director of the Spanish Data Protection Agency (2002-2007). Former Vice-Chairman of the European Group of Data Protection Commissioners (Art. 29 Working Party Data Protection) (2003-2007)

  • Professor Burkhard Schafer: Professor of Computational Legal Theory, The University of Edinburgh
  • Postgraduate students have the opportunity to enter our two postgrad competitions. You need to submit a full paper (6-10,000 words) by the deadline of the 31st of March. Three papers will be chosen to compete for the Google award, which will involve defending your work in a session at the conference and a public vote. The remaining papers will go forward for the BILETA award, to be selected by the BILETA Exec. Please indicate on submission of your abstract whether you aim to enter the competitions. Even if you do not wish to enter the competitions, please could all postgrad students indicate their status on the submission of the abstract. In order to enter, full papers need to be submitted by March 31st 2017.

    Abstracts of around 400-500 words are welcome on any area relating to the conference theme, with key areas including:

  • Society, Business and Data Protection

  • Intellectual Property Rights in the Information Society

  • International challenges in IT regulation

  • Private International Law solutions for the emerging challenges in Law and Technology

  • E-commerce

  • Public policies and governance in ICT Law

  • Dispute resolution and management in virtual environments

  • Technology and criminal investigation

  • New technological platforms and education in law

  • Smart environments in educational contexts

  • Smart cities: ethical and legal challenges

  • Multicultural Societies, Integration and ICT Law

  • The deadline for submission of abstracts has been extended to Monday the 13th of February 2017.  Abstracts should be emailed to:

    Please contact Catherine Easton if you have any general queries about the conference.  

    In addition, BILETA 2017 will feature special panels such as:

    •           Discussion on the impact of Brexit on the development of UK and EU Information Technology Law

    We look forward to welcoming you at BILETA 2017.

    Please see below for travel, accommodation and other relevant details for the conference:


    ***OnHotel Bracara Augusta Braga | Portugal
     Double - 59 €/day. Single - 49 €/day
    Hotel Dona Sofia | ***
    Double - 55 €/day. Single - 43 €/day
    Villa Garden Braga
    Double - 55 €/day. Single - 45 €/day

    In order to benefit from the special prices for Bileta Conference, please refer in the reservation order "attending Conferência Bileta 2017- Escola de Direito Uminho ".

    Getting to Bileta 2017

    Bileta Conference 2017 will be held at the School of Law, of the University of Minho, Campus Gualtar, Braga, Portugal.

    From Porto International Airport (OPO)

    Porto International Airport  is the airport in northern Portugal, near to the city of Braga. The airport is located 50km/40min from Braga and it is served by all major European airlines.

    Bus Airport Express (Get Bus)

    The easier and cheapest way to get to Braga is by taking the bus airport express (50 minutes).
    The ticket costs 8 EUR.

    Timetable available here


    Taking a taxi is the fastest way (40 minutes). The distance between Porto Airport and Braga by road is about 50 km.
    The cost of travelling from the airport to Braga should be around 50 EUR.

    Metro (Light Rail) + Train

    Take the metro (Line E - Violet) to Estádio do Dragão Station and exit at the Campanhã Station.
    The metro ticket costs around 2 EUR.
    From Porto-Campanhã, take a train to Braga. The train ticket costs around 3 EUR. Be sure to check the timetables beforehand, since they are different on weekends.

    Metro timetables available here.

    Train timetables available here.

    From Lisbon International Airport (LIS)

    Flying to  Lisbon International Airport take a train to Braga , which is about 360 km from Lisbon.

    At the Lisbon Airport use the metro  Red Line  and exit at Oriente Train Station.

    Note: depending on the hour of arrival, we also suggest taking the train to  Porto (Alfa Pendular)  and, from there, a connection to Braga via urban train or taxi.

    Timetable available here .

    For more information, please see the following links:

    Porto International Airport


    CP - Train timetables and prices (buy tickets online)

    Lisbon International Airport

    Survival guide

    As the Bileta2017 conference is approaching, this  Survival Guide was elaborated in order to simplify and help you throughout your stay in Braga.


    Portugal is a member of the Euro zone, making our currency the Euro (€).

    Travelling to Braga

    The best way to travel to Braga is by plane.
    Once you arrive at the airport we recommend transportation:  please see here.

    Buses you can use in order to travel from the Historical Center to the University:

    [2] Ponte de Prado - Bom Jesus
    [7] S. Mamede D'Este - Celeirós
    [24] Sequeira - Gualtar
    [43] Estação CF - Universidade do Minho
    [943] Estação CF - Universidade do Minho

    Taxis from University to Center Town: € 5
    Taxis from University to Bom Jesus: € 8


    Braga is known for being one of the cities where it rains the most in Portugal, but it can also be quite unpredictable, allowing the sun to shine even in the winter, and the rain to fall in summer. The weather in spring will be nice, with temperatures between 16-22ºCelsius.
    We would advise you to bring your umbrella.

    Braga's Historical Centre (Get to know a little of the culture)

    Braga is a city with over 2000 years of age and holds a rich history and culture still alive as shown by our monuments. Known as the "Portuguese Rome", the city has preserved its long Roman legacy. But it is the Roman Catholic Church that carves the feature that prevails the most: belief, faith. Braga is the home of numerous beautiful churches.
    To visit Braga is to travel in time within modernity.

    Main sites:

    Bom Jesus do Monte
    Sameiro Sanctuary
    Braga's Cathedral

    Escola De Direito, Universidade do Minho

    Universidade do Minho has two main Campi, the one in Braga is the Campus de Gualtar (the other main Campus being the Azurem Campus in Guimarães).
    School of Law is located in Building nr. 17 in Campus de Gualtar. All the sessions of the Bileta Conference will be in the School of Law building.

    Welcome to Portugal

    A country where the days of the week are numbered by ordinal numbers: Monday is segunda-feira (literally 2nd Fair), Tuesday is terça-feira (literally 3rd Fair), Wednesday is quarta-feira (literally 4th Fair), Thursday is quinta-feira (literally 5th Fair), Friday is sexta-feira (literally 6th Fair). But Saturday is "sábado" and Sunday is "domingo".

    A country where "exquisito" does not mean exquisite but "weird"!

    Are we a weird country? Maybe, but surely you will enjoy Braga!

    Expressions of interest to hold future conferences are typically received at the Annual General Meeting, that takes place during the Annual Conferences.  If you are interested in hosting a BILETA conference, please contact a member of the executive.

    Past Conferences

    The University of Hertfordshire hosted the 2016 conference on the 10-12 April 2016. Email Edina Harbinja for any queries: Please see the conference website for more details

    The University of the West of England hosted the 2015 conference on the 14-16 April 2016 Email Martina Gillen for any queries:

    The Liverpool Law School hosted the 2013 conference on 10-12 April 2014. Email Joseph Savirimuthu for any queries:

    The Northumbria University Law School hosted the 2012 conference on 29-30 March 2012. Email Paul Maharg for any queries:

    The Manchester Metropolitan University Law School hosted the 2011 conference on 11-12 April 2011. Email Catherine Easton for any queries:

    The Vienna Centre for Legal Informatics hosted the 2010 conference on 29-30 March 2010. Email Erich Schweighofer for any queries: 

    The University of Winchester Law School hosted the 2009 conference on 21-23 April 2009. Email Helen James for any queries: 

    Glasgow Caledonian University Law School hosted the 2008 conference on 27-28 March 2008. Email Michael Bromby for any queries:

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