This article argues that there is an emerging trend among the EU law-makers to release, “acts” or at least “eponymous” pieces of legislation.

It also emphasizes that alphanumeric reference (e.g. “Regulation 2016/679” instead of the “GDPR”) is basically addressed to experts in the field. However, the law should not solely address a handful of experts. It should instead aim to address the public at large. Everyone needs to be aware of the law in force and have access to it. In other words, every piece of legislation, especially if aimed at directly affecting individuals’ lives, needs to be easily remembered and referred to in everyday life routine.  

The article was written by Dr. Vagelis Papakonstantinou, Professor of Personal Data Protection Law at the Faculty of Law & Criminology of the Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB).

Read the full article here.