The European Digital Single Market – Breaking Down Digital Barriers, Click by Click


30 March - 01 April 2017

With digital technologies shaping the world we live in and increasingly affecting our everyday life, Europe has long grappled with its regulations presenting a barrier to the growth of its digital economy. Against that backdrop, in spring 2015 the European Commission announced its ‘Digital Single Market’ strategy with a view to tearing down regulatory walls and facilitating the creation of a free and secure European digital single market. This initiative focuses on creating a favourable environment for businesses and consumers to get easier access to online goods and services across Europe. Furthermore, the proposalaims foster the growth and development of digital networks along with the expansion and evolution of the European digital economy.

From e-commerce to big data, geo-blocking to the liability of online service providers, audio-visual media to data security, and taxation to Brexit, the Organising Committee and the AIJA IP and TMT Commission cordially invite you to join us in discussing the hottest topics across the EU legal landscape. And what better location for our seminar than Dublin, Ireland - somewhere that translates for most of us as “digital”, despite the language we may speak.

The seminar is targeted to both attorneys and in-house counsel, as well as any corporate executives engaged in contract work, data processing or intellectual property matters.

The OC looks forward to welcome you in Dublin!

AIJA Commissions

  • Intellectual Property, Technology, Media, and Telecommunications

Full programme

Thursday 30 March 2017

17:00 » 18:00
Registration at the Spencer Hotel
19:00 » 21:00

Welcome Drinks at The Honorable Society of King's Inns, Henrietta Place, Dublin 1

Kindly sponsored by the Bar of Ireland

21:00 » 23:00
Optional dinner at a selection of local restaurants 

Friday 31 March 2017

08:00 » 09:00
Registration at the Hotel 
09:00 » 09:15
Welcome address by AIJA President
David Frølich, AIJA President, Lund Elmer Sandager, Denmark
09:15 » 09:30
Welcome address by the OC and IP/TMT Commission
Ave Piik, COBALT, Estonia
09:30 » 10:00
The DSM Strategy of the EU Commission:  Where are we, how did we get here and where do we want to go? An inside view from the EU Commission
Virginie Fossoul, European Commission – Copyright Unit, Belgium
10:00 » 11:00
Pros and cons of the DSM package - what is at stake?
Pascal Böhner, Bardehle Pagenberg, Germany
Peter Bolger, Mason Hayes & Curran, Ireland
Alex Watt, Browne Jacobson, United Kingdom
Laura Vilches, Vilches European Legal and Policy Affairs, Belgium
Marco Bellezza, Portolano Cavallo, Italy
11:00 » 11:30
Coffee Break
Sponsored by SALGER Rechtsanwälte, Germany
11:30 » 13:00
IP issues in the DSM - part I: Review of the legal framework & copyright reform; content portability
Pascal Böhner, Bardehle Pagenberg, Germany
Lukas Herforth, Pestalozzi, Switzerland
Wolfgang Bomba, Herbert Smith Freehills, Germany 
Barbara Sartori, CBA Studio Legale e Tributario, Italy
Maria Jennerholm, MAQS, Sweden
Claudia Zeri, BarentsKrans, The Netherlands
13:00 » 14:00
14:00 » 15:15
IP issues in the DSM - part II: Liability of service providers
Stephan Dittl, SALGER Rechtsanwälte, Germany
Axel Munier, BARDEHLE PAGENBERG, France (FR)
Gianluca Massimei, NCTM, Italy
Silvia van Schaik, bureau Brandeis, The Netherlands
Sergio Calderara, Clegal, Brazil
Alexander Amann, Schwärzler, Liechtenstein 
15:15 » 16:15
DSM and BREXIT: Brexit means…what? 
Stephan Dittl, SALGER Rechtsanwälte, Germany
Eleonora Rosati, University of Southampton, United Kingdom
Pascal Böhner, Bardehle Pagenberg, Germany
Richard Dickinson, Arnold Porter Kaye Scholer, United Kingdom
16:15 » 16:45
Coffee Break
Sponsored by SALGER Rechtsanwälte
16:45 » 18:00
Data processing and security
Jevan Neilan, Mason Hayes & Curran, Dublin
Anne Salzer, Salzer Avocats, France
Johannes Struck, Brödermann Jahn, Germany
Agnieszka Wiercińska-Krużewska, WKB Wierciński, Kwieciński, Baehr, Poland
Alessandro Franceschini, Almaviva, Italy
20:00 » 23:00
Dinner at The Pig’s Ear restaurant, Nassau Street, Dublin 2
Sponsored by Mason Hayes & Curran

Saturday 01 April 2017

09:00 » 10:30
E-commerce in the DSM: Borderless or borderline?
Sophie Lens, Altius, Belgium
Simone Gambuto, Macchi de Cellere Gangemi, Italy 
Olga Baranova, Arzinger, Ukraine 
Anna Wojciechowska, WKB Wierciński, Kwieciński, Baehr, Poland 
Ben Rohrssen, Taylor Wessing, Germany
Veerle van Druenen, Kennedy Van der Laan, The Netherlands
Tom Harding , Osborne Clarke, United Kingdom
10:30 » 11:00
Coffee Break  
11:00 » 12:30
Practical tax matters relating to DSM
Philip McQueston, A&L Goodbody, Ireland Speakers:
Gertjan Verachtert, Sansen International Tax Lawyers, Belgium
Gillian Long, A&L Goodbody, Ireland
Jean Scally, Mason Hayes & Curran, Ireland 
David Salgado Areias, Areias Advogados, Portugal
12:30 » 12:45
Closing remarks
12:45 » 14:00
14:30 » 17:30
Optional afternoon social program (payable locally)
20:30 » 23:30
Optional dinner (payable locally)



Practical information



Organising Committee


Stephan DITTL
Friedrich Graf von Westphalen & Partner mbB Rechtsanwälte (GERMANY)

General Council of The Bar of Ireland (IRELAND)

Sophie LENS

A & L Goodbody (IRELAND)

Mason Hayes & Curran (IRELAND)

Dreambox Games OÜ (ESTONIA)