2nd European Conference on Whistleblowing Legislation

September 10, 2022
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The 2nd European Conference on Whistleblowing Legislation explores the commonalities, differences and expected impact of Europe's new whistleblowing laws.

When: 10-11 September 2022

Where: Hybrid Event. University of Göttingen, Germany. Presentations and discussions will simultaneously be streamed online to allow for active participation from all over Europe.

Register: Reservations for participation both in person and online can be made via email: simon.gerdemann@jura.uni-goettingen.de


The ‘European Whistleblowing Directive’ (Directive (EU) 2019/1937) is the most far-reaching piece of whistleblowing legislation in history with an unprecedented impact on countries all across the European Union. To transpose the Directive, all 27 Member States were required to enact their own national whistleblowing laws by 17 December 2021, in many cases leading to the creation of an entirely new field of law previously unknown to many national legal systems.

The conference seeks to provide a forum for a thorough analysis of Europe’s new whistleblowing laws, their commonalities, differences, and expected impact. It will include presentations by and discussions with renowned experts in the field from across Europe. The conference format will give researchers, policy makers, and practitioners an opportunity to discuss both national whistleblowing laws that have already been passed as well as current developments and the most pressing questions for countries which are yet to transpose the Directive.


Saturday, 10 September 2022:

09:00-9:30: Arrival and Registration / Technical Check for Online Participants

09:30-10:00: Welcoming Prof. Dr. Hans Michael Heinig (University of Göttingen, Dean Faculty of Law) Dr. Simon Gerdemann (University of Göttingen)

10:00-10:45: The Current State of Transposition Across Europe – An Overview Ida Nowers (Whistleblower International Network)

10:45-11:45: Legal Consequences of Non-Transposition of EU Directives Prof. Dr. Ninon Colneric (Hamburg, Former Judge at the ECJ)

11:45-12:45: The New Whistleblowing Laws of Luxemburg Ass. Prof. Dr. Dimitrios Kafteranis (University of Coventry)

12:45-13:30: Lunch Break

13:30-14:30: The New Whistleblowing Laws of Denmark Prof. Lars Lindencrone Petersen (Bech-Bruun / University of Copenhagen)

14:30-15:30: The New Whistleblowing Laws of France Christina Koumpli (Maître de Conférences, Avignon University)

15:30-16:00: Coffee Break

16:00-17:00: The New Whistleblowing Laws of Ireland Dr. Lauren Kierans (Maynooth University)

17:00-18:00: The Post-Transposition Phase – A Policy Perspective Prof. Dr. Wim Vandekerckhove (University of Greenwich) Ass. Prof. Dr. Vigjilenca Abazi (Maastricht University)

19:00-19:30: Open Discussion

20:30: Dinner Restaurant INTUU, Berliner Str. 30, Göttingen

Sunday, 11 September 2022:

09:00-10:00: The European Court of Human Rights’ Effects on the Transposition Dr. Simon Gerdemann (University of Göttingen)

10:00-11:00: The New Whistleblowing Laws of Portugal Ass. Prof. Dr. Milena Rouxinol (University of Porto)

11:00-12:00: The New Whistleblowing Laws of Poland Marta Kozak-Maśnicka (University of Warsaw)

12:00-13:00: The New Whistleblowing Laws of Sweden Ass. Prof. Katarina Fast Lappalainen (Stockholm University)

13:00-13:30: Open Discussion, End of Day 2

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