Academy of Finland
Funding decision
Applicant / Contact person Sankari, Suvi
Organisation University of Helsinki
Project title Is This Public or Private? A Study of the Philosophical Foundations of European Privacy Regulation
Decision No. 321995
Decision date 24.05.2019
Funding period 01.09.2019 - 31.08.2023
Funding 449 724
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Project description
This research analyses the legal definition of what is public and what is private. The focus of the analysis is the law of the European Union, where the borders between public and private are being emphatically drawn. The current legal situation is such that it is increasingly hard for lawyers to define what is public and what is private, and why. The research belongs in an area of EU law that suffers from a lack of this kind of philosophical scholarship. This project draws its critical force from contemporary political philosophy, thus promising new and innovative results. Privacy rights are the focus, but the project will take a wider view into EU law and policy. The strength of the project is that it reflects on the public-private divide in a constructive way by analysing what is going on in privacy regulation. Privacy rights are special because when interpreting and applying them courts are forced to think about the conception of the person that privacy rights are meant to protect.