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ICEL Privacy and Data Protection Conference


The legal issues around privacy and data protection are complex and controversial. With the ECJ's judgment in the Schrems case, the new US-EU Privacy Shield and the agreement on the text of the General Data Protection Regulation, it is also a rapidly changing area of law. The line-up of speakers at this year's conference is exceptional, representing all stakeholders in this area.

Conference programme now available here.  Supreme Court Judge Mary Laffoy confirmed a chair.

Friday July 1st 9:30 to 16:30 (Registration from 9:00)

Royal Irish Academy, Dawson Street

6 CPD Points

Papers for this conference are now availabe in the members' section.  For Gary Fitzgerald's paper on the power of the DPC to refer question to the ECJ, click here.


Confirmed speakers and chairs

  • Prof Thomas von Danwitz, ECJ, judge rapporteur in both DRI and Schrems
  • Helen Dixon, Data Protection Commissioner
  • Bruno Gencarelli, Head of Data Protection Unit, European Commission
  • Jyn Schultze - Melling, Director of Privacy Policy for Europe, Facebook
  • Emily Gibson BL
  • Dr Orla Lynskey, London School of Economics
  • Dr TJ McIntyre, UCD
  • Anne-Marie Bohan, Partner with Matheson
  • Michael Lynn SC
  • John Magee, Partner with William Fry - Chair of the morning session
  • The Hon. Ms Justice Laffoy, Supreme Court - Chair of the afternoon session
 They will discuss a variety of topics such as:
  • The role of the ECJ in privacy law
  • General Data Protection Regulation – A new dawn for data protection litigation?
  • The independence of data protection commissioners post Schrems
  • The validity of the Privacy Shield
  • The regulator's perspective in data protection
  • The new European law of surveillance: Implications for Ireland as an international data hub
  • The nature of the right to privacy
  • The industry perspective on data protection
  • Recent developments and future prospects in EU data protection law 

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