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Date(s) - 09 Jun 2020 - 23 Jun 2020
4:00 pm - 5:00 pm


empowering transformation

Hong Kong CPD Points Applied For

Commences: June 2020. Limited registrations

Empowering Transformation: Connectivity and Cross-Border Data Flow, is a series of related online interactive talks and webinars organised by Professor Bryan Mercurio of the Faculty of Law, Simon F.S. Li Professor of Law and former Associate Dean (Research) at the Chinese University of Hong Kong, examining the most important emerging legal and policy challenges brought about by the critical importance of data to Financial Technology (Fintech), Blockchain, Cryptocurrency, Artificial Intelligence (AI), Innovation, Digital trade, and Internet of Things (IOT) including:

  • Cybersecurity,
  • Privacy,
  • Trade,
  • Finance,
  • Intellectual Property and
  • Data Governance.

The first three online sessions (circa 60 minutes each) are now open for registration below.

  • Cybersecurity and Data Localization – June 9, 2020
  • Privacy – June 17, 2020
  • Free trade agreements and IP – June 23, 2020

Who are these online sessions for: Both In-House Legal and Compliance and External Counsel.

Certified course: Sign up for the first three sessions, and upon verification of attendance you will receive a certificate of completion endorsed by both the ‘In-House Community’ and ‘In-House Law Academy’ (

Cost: Each certificated session is just US$49. Three sessions for the price of two. Sign up for the first 3 sessions and get one free (total cost, just US$98).
Further special rate for Jade Members applies (US$49 for all 3).

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Session details:

1. Cybersecurity and Data Localization

– June 9 2020 (4 pm – 5 pm Hong Kong Time)

Cybersecurity, especially in the age of social distancing and lockdowns, is a hot topic and the invited experts will discuss the relevant issues counsel must be aware of today including the added compliance implications that new data localization requirements impose.

  • Cybersecurity and data localization (Jyh-An Lee, Associate Professor of Law, Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK))
  • Testing the Limits of Trust and Inter-Governmental Cooperation: Cybersecurity as international trade issue in the 21st Century.  (Simon Lacey, Senior Lecturer in International Trade at the University of Adelaide
  • Presentation on Cybersecurity (Nick Robinson, Partner, Forensic & Integrity Services, EY)

2. Privacy

– June 17 2020 (4 pm – 5 pm Hong Kong Time)

The conflict between social needs and privacy were heightened by the recent Coronavirus pandemic.  What is the current state of privacy in the global economy and how is this affecting consumers?

  • Governing privacy and consumer protection in the data-driven economy (Mira Burri, Senior lecturer, Faculty of Law of the University of Lucerne, Switzerland)
  • Data Protection and Covid 19 (Ronald Yu, Research Associate, CUHK)

3. Free trade agreements and IP

– June 23, 2020 (4 pm – 5 pm Hong Kong Time)

With the coming re-opening of supply chains, examining the multilateral rules regulating the cross-border trade in data and the important changes to these agreements is more important than ever given that they can impact business operations and overheads, especially if these agreements can also be used by governments to form the basis for a domestic data-policy. What is the WTO’s role in all this?

In addition, the growing divide between companies able to aggregate data and employ IP to create new IP, products and services faster, cheaper and better than others, or block their rivals is creating a business competitiveness gap.  Recognizing and understanding this is essential if companies do not want their business operations disrupted or lose their competitive edge.

  • A ‘By Default’ Framework For The Regulation Of Cross-Border Data: The Influence Of Trade And Investment Agreements On Domestic Policymaking (Bryan Mercurio, Simon F.S. Li Professor of Law CUHK)
  • The Emerging IP Divide and its Implications (Ronald Yu, Research Associate, CUHK)

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Upcoming sessions
Innovation – Summer/Fall 2020
The Multifaceted Roles of Data in Innovation and Governance – Data as a development issue
Finance – Sept. 2020
A regulator’s perspective – The finance-related issues cross border data flows raise in trade finance, compliance, blockchain/cryptocurrencies, and regulation (Fintech/Regtech) – IP issues related to Fintech
Data governance and the challenges for governments –late 2020
Data Governance – Competition



1 session: US$49
3 sessions: US$98
Jade Member (US$49 for 3)

Cybersecurity and Data Localization – June 9 2020 (4 pm - 5 pm Hong Kong Time)
Privacy – June 17 2020 (4 pm - 5 pm Hong Kong Time)
Free trade agreements and IP – June 23, 2020 (4 pm - 5 pm Hong Kong Time)

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