ICEL Privacy and Data Protection Conference 2016

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 was exceptional, representing all stakeholders in this area.

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

Royal Irish Academy, Dawson Street

6 CPD Points

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 discussed 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