October 3

Olsztyn Conference

AEA-EAL Olsztyn 2017 Seminary

Conference on the subject of personal data security


7-10 SEPTEMBER 2017


The conference introduced its participants to the Regulation (EU) of the European Parliament and of the Council of 27 April 2016 on the protection of natural persons with regard to the processing of personal data and on the free movement of such data (General Data Protection Regulation, or GDPR) and the practical aspects of its implementation. Further, conference participants were recommended the manner in which lawyers and their Clients should prepare themselves for performance of duties imposed thereon by the said regulation. The conference organisers intended it to be of practical and functional nature first and foremost and to answer the personal data protection-related questions primarily in the context of business transactions and entrepreneurs.

To that end, we invited not only lawyers to the conference, but also IT specialists and persons responsible for personal data protection at renowned companies. This is because besides analysing the legal aspects of GDPR, we want to demonstrate how to protect oneself against digital and electronic threats, and thus not infringe the said regulation. It should be noted that ignorance of relevant laws can prove extremely costly, as fines for infringing the GDPR may reach up to EUR 20 million or 4% of the company’s total worldwide annual turnover of the preceding financial year. Hence, apart from legal preparation, companies ought to focus on the implementation of systems to protect them against the advanced and targeted attacks, which can no longer be resisted with present traditional measures. Corporate management of access rights to personal data which a vast majority of companies dedicate only marginal attention to will be another important conference topic. The presentations also touched upon:

  • the best personal data protection practices under the GDPR,
  • the tools for safe, effective and compliant with the law transfer of personal data (cross-border transfer included),
  • GDPR implementation challenges for lawyers,
  • the recommendations for lawyers how to prepare their Clients “step by step” to the new legal status quo.

Both Polish and foreign personal data protection experts gave presentations at the conference. Key note speakers at the conference include Professor Przemysław Polański, Ph.D. Marlena Sakowska-Baryła. Susan Ning and Iain Mitchell QC.

Participants also benefitted from the comprehensive cultural programme for conference participants, whereby they were able to discover the beauty and hospitality of Warmia and Masuria Region.

Conference presentations are available here

August 2

AEA-EAL Annual Congress in Barcelona, June 15-17, 2017

On June 15-16-17, took place at the Barcelona Bar Association the congress of the our Association, with a very important and successful conference on the new European Regulation about cross-border insolvencies, and the forthcoming Proposal for a Directive on preventive restructuring frameworks and Fresh Start opportunities.

This new Regulation and the forthcoming Proposal for a Directive represent a major step forward in achieving uniform insolvency regulation at European level. This is to avoid obstacles in the management of processes, since more and more companies have branches, and workplaces spread throughout Europe.

The conference in Barcelona brought together a dozen experts from different countries who debated before the participants about their respective systems and the opportunities and advantages of a more harmonized system.

The conference was opened by the member of the Board of the Barcelona Bar, responsible for international affairs.

But not all was work! There were different very kind events for the network and relaxing.