IFCLA meets tech hub Barcelona – the 2021 Online Conference

Sep 30 - Oct 1


President Belén Arribas and the board of directors of IFCLA are pleased to invite you to join over 30 international speakers and 250 leading lawyers, legal and industry professionals from around the world, at the IFCLA Conference hosted online by the Barcelona BAR Association (ICAB).

It's one of the most important digital and IT conferences that take place once every 2 years since 1988. It is an opportunity to exchange on very specific topics and a great opportunity for networking.

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 are some of the cutting-edge topics in the next IFCLA conference.

Due to travel restrictions imposed by the pandemic, the 2021 edition will be 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


Online Participation fee: 80€

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