Information Law and Policy Annual Lecture and Conference 2019:

Digital Rights in Brexit: Changes and Challenges

22 Nov 2019, 09:30 to 22 Nov 2019, 17:30

Institute of Advanced Legal Studies

Conference / Symposium

Institute of Advanced Legal Studies, 17 Russell Square, London WC1B 5DR

Information Law and Policy Centre’s Annual Lecture and Conference 2019:
Digital Rights in Brexit: Changes and Challenges 

The ILPC’s Annual Conference and Lecture will take place on Friday 22nd November 2019, followed by an evening reception.This year’s Annual Conference and Lecture on ‘Digital Rights in Brexit: Changes and Challenges’ constitutes the Centre’s 5th annual event of this nature. The conference seeks to consider the changes and challenges facing the protection and enjoyment of digital rights in the UK and elsewhere as a result of Brexit.Policymakers, practitioners, industry, civil society, and leading academic experts will address and examine the key legal implications posed by Brexit to the enjoyment of digital rights in the UK and elsewhere.

Key speakers, chairs, and discussants at the Annual Conference will provide a range of national and international legal and policymaking insights from the UK and Europe including:

Sophia Adams-Bhatti (Head of Strategy and Policy, Simmons Wavelength Limited);
Prof Alan Winfield (Ethical Robotics, Bristol);
Professor John Naughton (Senior Fellow, University of Cambridge);
Ali Shah (Head of Technology Policy, Information Commissioner’s Office);
Professor Hamed Haddadi (Imperial College London);
Dr Adrian Weller (Programme Director for AI, The Alan Turing Institute; Senior Research Fellow, University of Cambridge);
Professor Orla Lynskey (Department of Law, LSE);
Dr Jay Fedorak (Jersey Information Commissioner, Jersey Office of the Information Commissioner);
Martha Spurrier (Director of Liberty); and
Prof David Cantor (Founding Director, Refugee Law Initiative)

Whether based on doctrinal analysis, or empirical research, the conference will explore original perspectives on the implications posed by Brexit. This scope covers both the impact on digital rights of an impending Brexit since the 2016 referendum to date, as well as the potential consequences for digital rights on leaving the EU for all individuals resident in the UK.

Topics of discussion include:

• online harms and the regulation of social media;
• surveillance and data privacy;
• data protection law and data transfers;
• AI, data ethics and innovation;
• employment and labour; and
• public international law.

The ILPC is delighted to announce that Dr Jeni Tennison OBE will be delivering this year’s Annual Lecture entitled:

Helpful Robots or Pink-Eyed Terminators: Post-Brexit UK as a Global Leader in Responsible Technology

Dr Tennison has been the CEO of the Open Data Institute since 2016, and sits on the UK’s Open Standards Board; the Advisory Board for the Open Contracting Partnership; the Board of Ada, the UK’s National College for Digital Skills; the Co-operative’s Digital Advisory Board; and the Board of the Global Partnership for Sustainable Development Data. In 2014, Dr Tennison was made an Officer of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (OBE) for services to Technology and Open Data. She has furthermore served on the advisory board of the ILPC since its inception in 2015.

The lecture will launch the ILPC Annual Conference and will be followed by a keynote panel. In the interests of prioritising public engagement with these significant and cutting-edge policymaking areas of public interest, attendance is free of charge thanks to the support of our sponsors, Bloomsbury Professional and the John Coffin Memorial Trust, although registration is required as places are limited. Selected papers from the conference’s plenary sessions and panels will be featured in a special issue of Bloomsbury’s Communications Law journal, following a peer-review process. Those giving papers will be invited to submit full draft papers to the journal for consideration by the journal’s editorial team.

Conference Programme

Please see the draft programme here.

About the Information Law and Policy Centre at the IALS:

The Information Law and Policy Centre (ILPC) produces, promotes, and facilitates research about the law and policy of information and data, and the ways in which law both restricts and enables the sharing, and dissemination, of different types of information. The ILPC is part of the Institute of Advanced Legal Studies (IALS), which was founded in 1947. It was conceived, and is funded, as a national academic institution, attached to the University of London, serving all universities through its national legal research library. Its function is to promote, facilitate, and disseminate the results of advanced study and research in the discipline of law, for the benefit of persons and institutions in the UK and abroad.

About Communications Law (Journal of Computer, Media and Telecommunications Law):

Communications Law is a well-respected quarterly journal published by Bloomsbury Professional covering the broad spectrum of legal issues arising in the telecoms, IT, and media industries. Each issue brings you a wide range of opinion, discussion, and analysis from the field of communications law. Dr Paul Wragg, Associate Professor of Law at the University of Leeds, is the journal’s Editor in Chief.