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Abigail Browne Fellowship

Cullen International announces a new fellowship in memory of Abigail Browne (1976-2015). The fellowship remembers Abigail's life and recognises her work in the field of communications regulation, which had a particular focus on European countries outside the EU.

The aim of the fellowship is to promote the exchange of perspectives and best practices in the field of communications regulation among European states, including building on the EU’s common regulatory framework for electronic communications. Candidates are therefore invited to submit their ideas for a research project to improve the understanding of communications regulation, contributing to the more efficient or effective regulation of the sector and/or the sharing of best practice. At the end of the fellowship period, the successful candidate would be expected to present his/her research findings to an invited audience of regulatory experts.

The fellowship is open only to nationals of the CEPT member states.

The selection committee comprised of members of the Cullen International leadership team will make a decision regarding the successful candidate on the basis of written applications and subsequent oral presentations in the case of shortlisted candidates.

Cullen International is a Brussels-based independent regulatory intelligence provider covering telecoms, media, digital economy, postal regulation and competition law across Europe, Latin America, the Middle East and North Africa. For thirty years already, we have been ensuring the delivery of comprehensive, neutral, unbiased and timely information that is trusted by over 180 key market players and public organisations from over 60 countries. We are widely recognised as the leading regulatory intelligence provider in the field. 

Research topic and selected candidate

Catalina Capatina will start her fellowship in January 2017. Her research theme is about the GDPR (Digital Economy).

The Right to be Forgotten is here... to stay

After four years of negotiations and talks, the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) was adopted in April 2016, and will apply from May 2018. The new Regulation replaces the existing Data Protection Directive created in 1995. The GDPR includes an important and very often cited right to be forgotten (RtBF) that received the most attention particularly following the CJEU decision in the Google Spain case. In the GDPR, this right means that, when an operator has made personal data public and is obliged to erase the data, it will have to inform other operators processing the data (e.g. a search engine provider) that an individual in question has requested the erasure of any links to or replication of that data.

Catalina Capatina holds a Bachelor's Degree in Communication Studies - Internet, Media & Globalisation Track - from the Vrije Universiteit Brussel. At the same university she is completing her Master's Degree in New Media and Society in Europe. Her research interests lie in the area of privacy, data protection, cybersecurity and internet governance. She has worked previously as an intern at the Institute for European Studies on projects related to internet governance, migration and gender diversity. Romanian is her mother tongue and she also speaks Dutch, English, French, Italian and Russian.  

More details will follow. 


In memory of our dear colleague, Abigail, who sadly passed away in May 2015. Abigail was following telecoms regulation in Turkey, Estonia, Latvia and the UK. She was lead author of the quarterly Central & Eastern Europe Telecom Update. She is deeply missed as a member of our team, a highly gifted analyst, and as a friend.