7th Annual NYU Law-Universidad de Buenos Aires (UBA) Conference: “The Challenges of Big Tech”

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NYU Law Office of Global Programs is pleased to announce an exciting opportunity for up to four eligible students (primarily 1L and 2L JD students, but other special cases considered) to attend this year’s conference “The Challenges of Big Tech: Implications for Regulation, Privacy, and Democracy,” held at the Universidad de Buenos Aires Facultad de Derecho in Buenos Aires, Argentina on May 28 and 29, 2020.

Organized annually since 2014, the conference is an NYU Law initiative that is supported by NYU Law Abroad in Buenos Aires and its ongoing academic partnership with the Universidad de Buenos Aires. This year Florencia Marotta-Wurgler, Faculty Director of NYU Law in Buenos Aires, will attend and present alongside Vice Dean Benedict Kingsbury, Professor of Law Katherine Jo Strandburg, and other members of the NYU Law faculty, along with other participants from UBA and NYU Buenos Aires, scholars from Spain and Austria, and private sector practitioners.

The 2020 conference will focus on the regulatory challenges posed by big tech, both domestically and internationally. It will focus on the areas of competition and antitrust, information privacy, and the role and responsibility of big tech firms in preserving constitutional democracies. The conference will gather experts from the United States, Latin America, and E.U. Member States to discuss the relative roles and responsibilities of governments, citizens, and firms in addressing these questions.

Students with a corresponding academic interest are encouraged to apply for funding to attend. Participants are not expected to present original research, but may have the option to get involved through panel moderation and commentary. No language skills are required. The conference will be held in English and Spanish with simultaneous interpretation provided.


Funding will be provided to cover the cost of roundtrip flight and three nights’ accommodation in Buenos Aires, as well as international insurance coverage for the duration of stay. Students will be responsible for procuring a tourist visa for Argentina, and for covering any costs associated with the visa. 

Students selected will be expected to attend the conference for its full duration and participate in any associated activities, including conference meals and receptions. A full itinerary for the conference will be available toward early April.


Preference will be given to students who can demonstrate a sustained interest in the topic based on past academic, personal or professional experience, and those who can make a strong case that attending the conference will contribute to their academic and professional development.

Student applicants are encouraged to consider building in this opportunity with their current academic program or extracurricular activities at NYU Law, including but not limited to independent research or written work; prior or future coursework; participation in study abroad or clinics; and membership in student groups and activist organizations. 

1Ls and 2Ls are eligible to apply, with LLMs and other graduate students on a case-by-case basis. Visiting and non-matriculated students are not eligible. 

To Apply

Submit an application HERE. Students will be required to submit a resume, transcript and brief personal statement detailing their interest in attending the conference, as well as the name of a faculty character reference, by Friday, March 13, 2020. Students selected to attend will be notified by Friday, March 27, 2020 and must provide confirmation of attendance by Friday, April 10, 2020. Flights and accommodation in Argentina will be booked thereafter. 

Please reach out to Amy Wilson in the Office of Global Programs at law.globalstudents@nyu.edu with any questions. For more information about the NYU Law-UBA conferences from prior years, please visit https://www.law.nyu.edu/global/globalopportunities/nyulawabroad/buenosaires/conference2019

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