Ladies and Gentlemen
B.A.L. 2022 Confirmed Speakers Includes
Manuel Desantes Real
Professor of private international law at the University of Alicante, specialised, among others, in IP law, new technology law, artificial intelligence law.
He has been Vice-President of the European Patent Office (Munich), Vice-Rector and Acting Rector of the University of Alicante and member of the Legal Service of the European Commission.
He is first European member of the Intellectual Property Committee of the Mediation Centre of the China International Chamber of Commerce (CCOIC) and a member of Counsel of the firm ELZABURU, a member of the Academic Council and the International Academic Council of FIDE, Fellow of the Eisenhower Foundation, Expert of the Chinese Overseas Intellectual Property Dispute Response Guidance Center, president of the Academic Council of the Ibero-American Association of Intellectual Property (ASIPI) and Co-director of the Global Digital Encounters.
Ricardo Baeza-Yates is Director of Research at the Institute for Experiential AI of Northeastern University. He is also part-time professor at Universitat Pompeu Fabra in Barcelona and Universidad de Chile in Santiago. Before, he was VP of Research at Yahoo Labs, based in Barcelona, Spain, and later in Sunnyvale, California, from 2006 to 2016. He is co-author of the best-seller Modern Information Retrieval textbook published by Addison-Wesley in 1999 and 2011 (2nd ed), that won the ASIST 2012 Book of the Year award.
From 2002 to 2004 he was elected to the Board of Governors of the IEEE Computer Society and between 2012 and 2016 was elected for the ACM Council. Since 2010 is a founding member of the Chilean Academy of Engineering. In 2009 he was named ACM Fellow and in 2011 IEEE Fellow, among other awards and distinctions. He obtained a Ph.D. in CS from the University of Waterloo, Canada, in 1989, and his areas of expertise are web search and data mining, information retrieval, bias on AI, data science and algorithms in general.
PhD doctor of law, Attorney at Law, managing partner at Szostek_Bar i Partnerzy Kancelaria Prawna. Enthusiast of new technologies, with particular emphasis on Artificial Intelligence. Experienced expert in the field of electronic contracts, e-commerce, legal aspects of IT systems implementation and privacy protection. Member of the IEEE Legal Committee in the IEEE Global Initiative on Ethics of Autonomous and Intelligent Systems project; member of the New Technologies Law Association, FBE New Technologies Commission and Women in AI.
Lecturer at the Faculty of Law and Administration of the Silesia University in Katowice (Poland) and member of the legal team in the Multi-Agent Systems for Pervasive Artificial Intelligence for assisting Humans in Modular Production Environments project – MAS4AI (HORIZON 2020).
A graduate of the Faculty of Law, Administration and Economics at the University of Wrocław and the Kozminski University.
1981 – 1984 Academic Assistant at the University of Trier; 1986 Doctorate, Dr. iur. University of Bayreuth; 1985 – 1991 Advisor and Head of Unit in the Federal Ministry of Justice; 1991 – 1996 Head of Unit in the Representative of Saxony-Anhalt to the Federal Government; 1996 – 2009 Head of Unit and since 1998 Deputy Head of Directorate at the Federal Ministry of Justice; 2009 – 2014 State Secretary in the Saxonian State Ministry of Justice and Europe, additionally since 2010 Chief Information Officer of the Government of the Free State of Saxony; since 2015 Consultant IT Management; since 2016 Honorary Professor for internet law, especially E-government und E-justice at the University of Leipzig; since 2017 lawyer (law firm Büsing Müffelmann & Theye, Berlin). Memberships and appointments: Deputy Chairman of the NEGZ (Nationales E-Government-Kompetenzzentrum e.V.); Board Member of the EDV-Gerichtstag e.V.; Managing Director of the Bernhardt IT Management Consulting GmbH.
The founder of the Department of European Law and Comparative Legal Studies at the University of Gdańsk. The Professor’s theory of an integrated legal order was expressed, inter alia, in eight volumes from the Acquis communautaire series and in the triptych: Europe of judges, officials, and entrepreneurs. For creating this theory, in 2009 he received the prestigious Scientific Award of the City of Gdansk – Jan Heweliusz Award in the field of the humanities, joining the elite group of Gdansk scientists.
The Professor focuses his interests on the work of the Space Sciences Commission at the Gdansk branch of the Polish Academy of Sciences. The subject of the Professor’s research in space law and the law of artificial intelligence.
Dr. Jeff CAO, senior research fellow at Tencent Research Institute. Dr. CAO is also a Distinguished Researcher at ECUPL Digital Law Institute, a Guest Professor at Shanghai University of Political Science and Law, and a member of the council of Information & Communication Law Branch of Guangdong Province Law Society.
His research focuses on policy, legal, ethical, and societal issues related to frontier digital technologies and digital economy, such as AI governance and ethics, autonomous vehicle policy, platform & data governance, legal tech & digital justice, blockchain regulation, digital IP. He is a frequent speaker at top-level AI conferences, and he has published hundreds of papers and articles on top-level journals, newspapers, and media. His papers were reprinted by Chinese Social Science Digest and Renmin University of China’ Social Sciences Databases. His experience in China’s internet industry, his contact with policy makers, and his connection with academia help him see the many issues around the internet and other emerging technologies from a holistic and systematic way.
C. M. Chan
President, The Law Society of Hong Kong. Mr. Chan is qualified to practise as a solicitor in Hong Kong (1997) and England and Wales (2002). He is also a Civil Celebrant, Registered Financial Planner, and Chartered Tax Advisor.
Mr. Chan holds an LLM degree from the London School of Economics, an MBA degree from the University of Oxford and an MPA degree from the Harvard University.
Doctor of law, attorney-at-law, Dean, and lecturer at the Faculty of Law at the University of Business and Administration in Gdynia. Mr. Chyc works as an attorney-at-law, proxy of a shipping company, and inspector in the Maritime Chamber of Appeal. In addition, he is a founding member of the Space Sciences Commission, a branch of the Polish Academy of Sciences in Gdansk, and a member of the Maritime Law Commission at the Polish Academy of Sciences in Gdansk.
Since 2018, he has been conducting active research as part of the Baltic Sea & Space Cluster (BSSC).
Lawyer Felix Feng is a Member of the Executive Committee of Guanghe Law Firm, Director of the Digital & Intelligent Law Firm Development Committee, Director of the Metaverse Practice Center, and Deputy Director of the International Practice Committee. Lawyer Feng has a composite professional background in law, big data and information technology and nearly 20 years of international experience.
He has a BEng degree in Electrical and Electronic Engineering and an MBA degree from Imperial College London, and a MSc degree in Big Data Informatics from New York University. He previously worked as executive management in several technology enterprises and accumulated rich experience in such technology fields as laser display, holographic projection, 5G network and big data.
Since his practice, he has accumulated significant practical experience in data compliance, network security, foreign investment and financing, and international trade. He has provided data compliance services for many big data companies such as Zhaolian Commerce, iDreamSky and Ailiao Technology, and published the book of Legal Practices in Network security and Personal Information Protection.
Chief Commercial Officer of Billon, a company that reinvented the Distributed Ledger Technology to manage money, tokens, data, and identity. Also, an advisor to three other cybersecurity companies: Passus SA – a cybersecurity integrator, Sycope – a performance and cybersecurity solution vendor as well as SafeKiddo – a parental control and cybersecurity company.
Before, 20+ years’ experience in sales leadership and team leading in global corporations, namely: Cisco, UPC, Nortel, DEC and Siemens. Most recently, at Cisco, Jacek has been leading the solution sales teams and projects in CEE. Holder of MBA at POU and Thames Valley University in London and MSc in Technology at EFP – Franco-Polish Grande Ecole.
Attorney-at-law, doctor of law, assistant professor at the Pomeranian University in Słupsk and at the Academy of Applied Sciences in Elbląg. Member of the LegalTech Commision at the District Chamber of Legal Advisers in Gdańsk. Author of many publications in the field of new technologies law. Co-author of academic monographs, ia. Commentary to the Code of Administrative Proceedings and textbook entitled. The basic institutions of administrative law His scientific researches focus on the issue of e-administration. He is also interested in GDPR and space law.
Iain G. Mitchell
Iain G. Mitchell QC is a member of the Scottish and English Bars, ranked in Chambers Directory and the Legal 500 for Commercial Litigation, Intellectual Property and Information Technology law. He is a member the IT Committee of the CCBE and is past Chair (presently Vice-Chair) of its Surveillance Working Group. He is also a member of the IT Panel of the Bar Council of England & Wales and of the legal panel of Open UK. He is Chair of the Scottish Society for Computers and Law and is also Secretary of the Ethical and Spiritual Panel and a Court Assistant of the Worshipful Company of Information Technologists.
He is an Honorary Lecturer in IT Law at Münster University, Westphalia. He is a joint editor of the Journal of Open Law, Technology and Society. His publications include contributions to Electronic Evidence (Butterworths); The Open Source Law Book (Open Source Press); Innovation and Future of the Legal Profession in Europe (Bruylant, Brussels) and Free and Open Source Software: Policy, Law and Practice (Oxford University Press).
He is a Reader in the Church of Scotland, having contributed to the Church’s Reports, The Internet – In whose image? and Surveillance and Social Justice.
Amirali B. Nasir, MH, JP
Vice-President, The Law Society of Hong Kong
Mr. Amirali B. Nasir is a solicitor admitted in Hong Kong SAR, England and Wales and previously the DIFC. He is the founder of NASIRS® Solicitors.
Presently Vice-President of the Law Society of Hong Kong and chairs, among others, the International Legal Affairs Committee, InnoTech Committee, Islamic Finance Working Party, Guide Working Party on Professional Conduct, HKSTP GAA Programme, Solicitors’ Accounts Rules Committee, Consents Committee, Constitutional Affairs and Human Rights Committee and the Solicitors Indemnity Fund Limited which provides insurance cover for all law firms.
He also serves on the Hong Kong Internet Registration Corporation Limited – Consultative and Advisory Panel, High Court Rules Committee, Court of Final Appeal Rules Committee, The Hong Kong Institute of Architects – Advisory Board, The Hong Kong Institute of Surveyors. He is a director of eBRAM and is Council Member of: (i) International Bar Association, (ii) Union Internationale des Advocats (UIA) (also Regional Secretary for Asia for UIA), and (iii) Commonwealth Lawyers Association (CLA) (Co-convenor Technology and Law Committee CLA) and member of the LAWASIA Communications, Technology & Data Protection Committee.
Mr. Nasir spoke at the APEC 2018 (SOM1) conference in Papua New Guinea on technology when the vision of eBRAM was introduced. In 2022 he also participated and completed the APEC Digital Credentials and Mutual Recognition of Professional Services Course and Workshop (Online).
Outside the profession Mr. Nasir is a trustee of a local religious charitable trust serving the local community in all aspects of life. He was previously a member of the Equal Opportunities Commission and on the Committee on the Promotion of Racial Harmony. He enjoys neurogaming, neurolinguistic programming, hypnosis and promotes a blue green attitude towards the planet.
An IT security architect with over 15 years of experience in offensive and defensive security and over 25 years of experience in IT. Also cloud security engineer in all most popular clouds: AWS, Azure and GCP. Main architect of APT Defend security awareness system. Offensive Security Certified Expert (OSCE) and Licensed Penetration Tester (LPT) prestigious IT security certificates holder. All his free time is filled up with “reverse engineering” of his 9 years old daughter and 6 years old son and their operating systems, but not always with relevant results.
Amb. Krzysztof PATUREJ, initiator and leader of global chemical safety and security process and founder of the ICCSS. He is a former diplomat in Polish Foreign Service. He served, intern alia, as Permanent Representative of Poland to the Preparatory Commission and the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW), Director at the OPCW, and head of Delegation to multilateral events. Amb.
Paturej is an experienced negotiator, and expert in multilateral diplomacy and international security. He has international standing and vast experience in development and conduct of assistance programmes, relations with industry and public society, and risk management strategies. He chaired many international meetings, including, executive and policy making organs within the UN system, on chemical disarmament and safety and security. He co-organized and chaired first (www.chemss2016.org) in Kielce, Poland, and the second Global Summits on Chemical Safety and Security (www.chemss2017.org), Shanghai, China.
He develops and runs within ICCSS, and in cooperation with government agencies, international organizations and leading, innovative programs on chemical and environmental safety and security. He actively participates in the work of the UN, EU, NATO, OPCW, OSCE, INTERPOL, and represents ICCSS at the G7 Global Partnership.
Associate professor at the Department of Quantitative Methods and Information Technology at the Kozminski University in Warsaw. Attorney-at-law and IT specialist. Long-term director of the IT department. Editorial director of the Legalis legal information system. President of the Foundation for the Development of Electronic Education.
Author of over 70 publications in the field of IT law, including two monographs: “Customary law of the Internet” published by T.M.C Asser Press in 2007 and “European e-commerce law” by C.H. Beck in 2014. Manager of two research grants of the Polish National Science Center.
Digital Transformation Adviser at e-Estonia. While having lived abroad Carmen’s favourite aspect about introducing Estonia has always been our digital society and the simplicity of interacting with our state. Having previously worked at the Estonian Unemployment Insurance Fund, Carmen has witnessed firsthand how the digital services enable us to focus more on human interaction and good quality service in general. In addition, Carmen’s academic background in political science and her ongoing graduate degree in public administration and innovation has made it possible to go further into the “how?” and “why?” Estonia was molded into the digital state it is now.
Lyle Vander Schaaf
Lyle Vander Schaaf co-leads Crowell & Moring’s Chambers-listed and Legal 500-recognized ITC 337 Litigation Practice. Lyle has an active practice in investigations before the U.S. International Trade Commission and their parallel proceedings in Federal Court, covering alleged patent infringement, trademark infringement, copyright infringement, trade secret misappropriation and other alleged unfair practices in import trade.
He served in the Office of General Counsel of the ITC from 1991 to 1996 and was detailed to the Office of Chairman Watson in 1994. Outside of his ITC practice, Lyle has an active practice representing clients in international trade proceedings before the ITC, U.S. Department of Commerce (DOC), U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) and U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP). Lyle regularly represents clients in licensing intellectual property and litigating in federal courts.
T.J. Shen is senior partner of P.C.Woo & Zhonglun W.D. LLP, B.Eng. of Telecom and Automation Engineering and LL.M. from Queen Mary University of London. Served as General Counsel and Chief Compliance Officer at global enterprises such as Joyy Inc. (NASDAQ: YY、NYSE: HUYA), Country Garden Group and McCain Foods etc.
With extensive experiences in Cybersecurity and Cross-border Investment & Trade, he had led a series of global legal affairs at different jurisdictions including Europe, Southeast Asia, North America and Oceania, as cybersecurity, overseas compliance survey, high-tech M&A and disputes.
T.J. was selected at the Lord Chancellor Scheme 2017 by both China and UK government, and worked at Wilberforce Chambers.
Chairman of the Management Board at PIRXON SA. He is the Chairman of the Management Board of PIRXON SA, which has been successfully implementing IT solutions in Polish and foreign companies as well as in public administration. He is responsible for the company´s strategy and RPA technology development under PirxonRobot brand. He has several years of experience in software development and its implementation as well as in IT teams’ management.
He graduated from Politechnika Gdanska and from Wyzsza Szkola Informatyki i Ekonomii w Olsztynie. He holds Prince2 Practitioner and ITIL Foundation certificates. He is passionate about new technologies being utilized in daily life. He considers starting up and developing the company in a friendly atmosphere as his greatest success.
I am an attorney at law, registered with the Lucca Bar Association. Qualified in 2010, I specialized in criminal law after a two-year course. Amongst my many passions is Legal Tech.
In 2018 I joined the Observatory on the Digitalization of the Criminal Trial of the Italian National Criminal Chambers Union (UCPI). In this capacity, I have followed the many critical changes made to the Italian legislation during the COVID-19 Pandemic.
In 2019, I was elected to the council of the Lucca Bar Association, joining the working group on criminal trial and the working group on digitalization. Also in 2019, I joined the New Technology Commission of The FBE and I began to explore the challenges brought by the use of Artificial Intelligence.
Partner and founder of Szostek_Bar and Partners, expert of the European Parliament’s Artificial Intelligence Observatory; member of the European Law Institute in Vienna, member of the Programme Council of IGF UN 2021, member of Blockhaton EUiPO Brussels, Chairman of the Scientific Council of the Virtual Chair of Ethics and Law (a consortium of Polish universities and NASK), professor of the Faculty of Law and Administration at the University of Silesia. Director of the Silesian Centre for Law Engineering, Technology and Digital Competence, Cyber Science.
dr hab. Marek Świerczyński, Prof. school, attorney at Kieszkowska Rutkowska Kolasiński Law Firm, IT consultant of the Council of Europe (CDCJ, CEPEJ), Institute of Legal Sciences UKSW.
Attorney at law specialised in IP law, digital law and cultural heritage law; lecturer and researcher in the Departament of Human Rights and Intellectual Property Law, Faculty of Law at the University of Gdańsk (Poland). Visiting Professor and scholarships holder in particular at the University of Alicante, University of Valencia, University of Charles III Madrid, University of La Laguna (Spain); member of the IP law research group of the Faculty of Law, University of Alicante; Chair of the School of Spanish and Latin American Law at the University of Gdańsk, member of the New Technologies Commission of the European Bars Federation (FEB), Legal Tech Committee of Gdańsk Bars Association of Attorneys at Law, IVR (Association for Philosophy of Law and Social Philosophy and Law), Associacion of Cultural Heritage Conservators; reviewer on intellectual property law and art law for some scientific journals. Scientific intrests include: Intellectual Property Law, new technology law, digital copyright law, legal aspects of AI, philosophy of law.
Legal advisor specializing in intellectual property law and real estate law. Member of the Council of National Center for Research and Development. Since 2011 advising enterprises, including investment funds, as well as their portfolio companies and startups.
Currently, he participates in the commercialization of the Olivia Centre in Gdańsk, the largest business center in Poland, where he is responsible, inter alia, for cooperation between the business community, public authorities, science and the third sector.
Author of a number of articles in scientific publications and trade press. The initiator of bringing to Poland the copyrights to the so-called second national anthem “Czerwone Maki na Monte Cassino”.
Wojciech Wiewiórowski is the European Data Protection Supervisor. He was appointed by a joint decision of the European Parliament and the Council on 5 December 2019 for a term of five years.
Before his appointment, he served as Assistant European Data Protection Supervisor from 2014 to 2019 and as Inspector General for the Protection of Personal Data at the Polish Data Protection Authority, a position which he had held since 2010. He was also Vice Chair of the Working Party Article 29 Group.
Doctor of law, assistant professor, deputy director of the Institute of Legal Sciences of the Cardinal Stefan Wyszyński University in Warsaw, lawyer at the PREMIUM Office of Legal Advisers and Advocate Oleszek, Żarnowiec, Harat Sp. k., academic teacher, trainer.
Over 15 years of professional experience – Institute for International Research, KPMG, Centrala Farmaceutyczna CEFARM, Cardinal Stefan Wyszyński University in Warsaw. Specializations: intellectual property law, civil law, pharmaceutical and medical law, new technologies law.
Master of Business Administration, Director of Gdansk Science and Technology Park, Pomeranian Special Economic Zone. Economist with more than 12 years’ experience in the financial industry, confirmed by the accomplishment of several investment projects and knowledge of project management.
An expert in the field of fundraising, including European Union funds. Practitioner in technology transfer and implementation of R&D projects. Creator of acceleration and incubation programs. One of the initiators of Pomeranian Digital Innovation Hub chosen by the European Commission as a European Digital Innovation Hub. Member of the Council of the Pomeranian ICT Cluster Interizon.
Since October 2020 she is the President of the Gdańsk Bar Association of Attorneys-at-Law . Previously, she served as a spokesperson, a member of the Council and the Presidium of the OIRP.
Since 2012, she has been representing the National Bar of Attorneys-at-Law in the Human Rights, Access to Justice and Surveillance Committees of the Council of Bars and Law Societies of Europe (CCBE). Since 2013, she has been a member of the European Association of Lawyers (AEA-EAL) based in Brussels, where she is a member of the Board of Directors. In the years 2014-2020 she was the Chair of the Human Rights Commission at the National Council of Attorneys-at-Law, and in the years 2016-2020 she was a member of the Presidium of the National Council of Attorneys-at-Law. She cooperates with non-governmental organizations. In 2012, she was awarded by the National Council of Attorneys-at-Law in the “Crystal Heart of a Legal Adviser” competition for pro bono activities for women’s rights.
CEO and one of the co-founders and originators of Quantum Cybersecurity Group, QCHE and WETOG GmbH / WETOG PL Sp.z o.o, companies that take care of cyber security with innovative solutions. As an expert in customised solutions, he is familiar with the related markets of digital, artificial intelligence, communication, data exchange and cyber security. In his daily work, he strives to meet the challenges posed by the individual needs of his clients with an eye to preserving their vision and providing the most beneficial solutions.