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Published on
January 28, 2016

Creative Solutions to the MLAT Problem

On January 27,  2016, Bertrand de La Chapelle, the Director of the Internet & Jurisdiction Project, spoke about the need for reform of the Mutual Legal Assistance Treaties (MLATs) system at the 2016 edition of the Computers, Privacy, Data Protection (CPDP) Conference in Brussels, Belgium. Representatives from the Council of Europe, Yahoo, Amnesty International, and Facebook were also on the panel, which was moderated by Peter Swire.

The MLAT system is the switched network of international cooperation; it is in need of reform.

When talking about MLAT reform, Bertrand de La Chapelle highlighted the difference between improving existing MLAT procedures (streamlining of the workflow and allocation of more human or financial resources), and opening the necessary debate about structural MLAT reform, particularly when the sole nexus of connection with the US is the location of the operator.

MLAT reform requires a broad multi-stakeholder participation, including the governments, companies, and civil society actors from diverse regions of the world.


Aaron Altschuler


ZwillGen PLLC

Bertrand de La Chapelle


Internet & Jurisdiction

Gail Kent

Global Public Policy Manager


Carly Nyst

Former Legal Director

Privacy International

Patrick Penninckx

Head of Department, Information Society

Council of Europe

Peter Swire

Professor of Law and Ethics

Georgia Tech University

About the CPDP Conference

The 9th edition of the annual CPDP conference welcomed almost 1000 international participants in 2016. It brought together lawyers, practitioners, policy-makers, industry leaders, and civil society from around the world to exchange ideas and discuss the latest emerging issues and trends in Internet governance. Their multidisciplinary formula has served to make CPDP one of the leading data protection and privacy conferences in Europe and beyond.