IFCLA conference in 2021 took place in Barcelona

Sep 30 - Oct 1

IT Law evolves rapidly to adapt to the new scenarios resulting from the industrial revolution in which technology plays a leading role. Its practice requires extensive technological knowledge and superior technical-legal qualifications from the legal professional. In this context, sharing knowledge and experiences among professionals from different countries is the way to be prepared to effectively face the challenges.

Trans-border commerce and current challenges (from Brexit to IoT privacy related issues, as well as data transfers in and out of China and other Asian countries); the latest developments of the Cybersecurity Industry, e.g. its impact on trade secrets; Blockchain applications and use cases in various industries and related EU initiatives; as well as Ethics, Governance and Legal implications including IP Protection in Artificial Intelligence were some of the cutting-edge topics in the IFCLA conference.

Due to travel restrictions imposed by the pandemic, the 2021 edition was held online.


10:00 - 10:30

• Michael Donaldson, Commissioner for Digital Innovation, Barcelona City Council
• Belén Arribas, President IFCLA
• Anna Haapanen, Vice President IFCLA
• Anselm Brandi-Dohrn, Secretary General IFCLA
• Rodolfo Tesone, President of Digicab of the Barcelona Bar Association
• Eduardo López, Member of the Digital Transformation Commission of the Barcelona Bar Association

10:30 - 12:45

Trans-border Commerce – Present Challenges
Moderator: Michaela Nebel,Baker McKenzie, Frankfurt (DE)
• Brexit Problems for IT lawyers - Dai Davis, Percy Crow Davis & Co, Leeds/London
• GDPR liability related to IoT devices imported to the EU – Ms. Claire Bernier, ADSTO avocats, Paris
• IoT and Privacy in the US - Françoise Gilbert, Partner, DataMinding, Palo Alto
• Data transfers in/out of China and other Asian countries – (Ms.) Bronwyn Furse, Thomson Geer, Adelaide (AUS)

12:45 - 13:45 Lunch Break
13:45 - 14:45

Digital Services Act and Digital Markets Act
Moderator: Juliette van Balen, IP advocaten, Amersfoort
• Digital Services Act / Digital Market Act- Legal review – what to expect? Thomas de Weerd, Houthoff, Amsterdam
• DSA in practice – an inside view from within an online platform organization – Levent Aslan, Compliance Officer, Recharge.com, Amsterdam

14:45 - 15:00 Coffee Break
15:00 - 17:00

Blockchain and Tokens - from the murky backyard to conventional industry
Moderator: Dr. Anselm Brandi-Dohrn, von BOETTICHER, Berlin
• International Shipping Industry - Christian Albrecht, LL.M. (Bristol), University of Bayreuth, Germany
• Real Estate Tokens – Alexander Rapatz, Black Manta Capital Partners, Luxembourg / Munich
• Digital currencies - Hans Koning, Chair Stichting DigiByte Foundation, Amsterdam

17:30 - 18:30 General Assembly IFCLA


09:00 - 11:00

AI – Ethical, Governance and Privacy implications
Moderator: Patricia Shaw
• AI – the technical background – Mr. Mark D. Penner, BSc, MSc, LLB
Partner, Fasken Martineau DuMoulin LLP, Toronto (BA)
• AI and ethics – Why there's only one new ethical challenge introduced by AI – Prof. Toby Walsh FAA, UNSW, Sydney
• AI and privacy – Eduardo López, Digital Law, Barcelona (BA)

11:00 - 11:30 Coffee Break
11:30 - 13:00

AI – Legal implications
Moderator: Tina van der Linden, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam
• Copyright protection for AI-generated works? – Prof. Dr. Jan Bernd Nordemann, Humboldt University, Berlin; NORDEMANN law firm
• Patent protection for AI-generated works? – Prof. Ryan Abbott, MD, JD, MTOM, PhD, Professor of Law and Health Sciences, University of Surrey
• “EU AI regulation” Mr Alessandro Mantelero, AI Expert, Council of Europe (BA)

13:00 - 14:00 Lunch Break
14:00 - 15:00

Blockchain and EU initiatives
Moderator: Belén Arribas, Partner, Belén Arribas Sanchez Abogados, President IFCLA
• The EU Blockchain Services Infrastructure (EBSI) Mr. Jesús Ruiz, CTO Alastria, Madrid)
• The European Blockchain Ecosystem – Ms. Victoria Gago, managing director, European Blockchain Convention, Barcelona / Copenhagen
• Regulation Proposal DORA and Regulation Proposal MICA – José Ramón Morales, Garrigues, Barcelona

15:00 - 15:30

Coffee Break

15:30 - 17:00

The Cybersecurity Industry
Moderator: Marina Yastreboff, President Australian Society for Computers + Law and Senior IP Counsel, UNSW Sydney
• Intrusions & Hacks - what to defend against – Richard Buckland (MY)
• Best Practice on countermeasures - John P. Beardwood, Partner, Fasken Martineau DuMoulin LLP, Toronto
• Insurance solutions - Ms. Jenna Karadbil, Founder, Law Office of Jenna F Karadbil, New York


Closing Remarks
Belén Arribas, President IFCLA


Cybersecurity Survey Report No.2 (2021)
by John Beardwood Fasken Partner

Copyright Protection for AI-generated Works?
by Prof. Dr. Jan Bernd Nordemann

by Eduardo López-Román

by Thomas de Weerd,HOUTHOFF

In collaboration with the Barcelona Bar Association - Il·lustre Col·legi de l’Advocacia de Barcelona (ICAB).