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


empowering transformation

Hong Kong CPD Points Accredited

Note, the first three sessions in this series have taken place, but if you would like to subscribe to the recorded versions of these presentations, please contact Tim

Commences: June 2020. Limited registrations

Ensure your readiness for the changes and potential risks cross border data flows will bring – Data is now one of the world’s most important and valuable assets. The cornerstones of the new economic order –Digital trade, E-commerce, Financial Technology (Fintech), Blockchain, Cryptocurrency, Artificial Intelligence (AI), Internet of Things (IOT) and 3D printing – all need data and in many instances, international data flows.

Connectivity and Cross Border data flows are among the most important topics today – This is why Empowering Transformation, an interactive online talk and webinar series examining the most important emerging legal and policy challenges brought about by the critical importance of data and data flows, presented by In-House Community and In-House Law Academy – is so timely and essential particularly for counsel who are keen to help future proof their careers.

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.

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

  • Cybersecurity and Data Localization – June 9, 2020
  • Privacy and emerging concerns re: AI liability and the IP Divide – June 17, 2020
  • Free trade agreements – 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 and emerging concerns, AI liability and the IP Divide

– 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? More importantly, what new legal trends in AI liability that could affect business operations are emerging?

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.

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

3. Free trade agreements 

– 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?

  • 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)
  • Liberalising Cross-Border Data Flows: The WTO Multilateral Approach (Andrew Mitchell, Professor of Law, Monash University)
  • Commentator: Neha Mishra, Postdoctoral fellow, Centre for International Law

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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



Bookings are closed for this event.