Event Overview

After almost 20 years, AIJA will return to Mexico City for the 2024 Half-Year May Conference! We are delighted to invite you to one of the oldest and largest cities in the Americas, which is a testament to the nation's rich history, diverse culture and indomitable spirit.

“The City of Palaces”, as it’s nicknamed, will be hosting the Half-Year May Conference from 29 May to 1 June 2024.

Mexico City is a place where history and modernity converge, making it the perfect location to host a conference focused on the ever-evolving relationship between the law and the digital economy. With a diverse range of keynote speakers and panel discussions, the academic programme is designed to explore the latest trends, theories and research, including their potential impact on our daily life, as lawyers.

Nestled in the heart of the sprawling Valley of Mexico, this bustling metropolis, which dates back to the time of the Aztecs, captivates visitors with its stunning blend of ancient traditions and modern innovation. Mexico City pulses with life, offering a mesmerising array of attractions, ranging from awe-inspiring archaeological sites to world-class museums, eclectic cuisine, and a thriving arts scene. With its infectious energy, warm hospitality, and deep-rooted appreciation for its heritage, Mexico City will offer an unforgettable AIJA experience.

The conference will take place in the financial centre of Mexico City, renowned for its exceptional facilities, beautiful architecture, and world-class accommodation. The area offers an impressive range of museums and galleries, where more than 4,500 years of Latin American and global history are housed.

The academic programme will be about '“Law in the Times of the Digital Economy” and will be divided into two tracks. The first track will focus on Transactions in the Age of Technology, where the panels will discuss AI, blockchain technology, cryptocurrencies, and smart contracts, among other topics. The second track will address the Impact of the Digital Economy in our Daily Lives and how the digital economy is shaping, not only commerce but also public interest, regulation and policy in a variety of areas, including environmental factors, healthcare, indigenous rights, traditional knowledge and consumers’ rights.

Even though the conference will be immersed in all things digital, you will also get to experience the well-renowned warm welcome of the country that coined the phrase  “mi casa es tu casa” and sample the gastronomic delicacies that Mexico’s world-famous cuisine has to offer at the home hospitality dinner.

We look forward to seeing you in Mexico City in May 2024!


ACADEMIC PROGRAMME OVERVIEW


Track 1: Transactions in the Age of Technology
In this track, international lawyers will convene to discuss the transformative power of technology in the modern world. The panels will explore a wide range of topics, including:
 
  • Artificial Intelligence (AI): Delve into the realm of AI, understanding its applications, implications, and its role in reshaping industries.
  • Blockchain Technology: Uncover the potential of blockchain technology and its impact on various sectors, from finance to supply chain management.
  • Smart Contracts: Learn about the future of legal agreements with smart contracts and their implications for businesses and individuals.

Track 2: The Impact of the Digital Economy in our Daily Lives
This track takes a deep dive into how the digital economy is transforming not only commerce but also influencing public interest, regulation, and policy across multiple domains, including:
 
  • Technology and Social Issues: Explore the intersection of technology various social issues from the evolving consumer rights in the digital age, to the impact on indigenous rights telemedicine and environmental sustainability. These areas overlap and require a holistic approach to address the challenges and opportunities they present.
  • Regulation and Policies on Technology: Analyse the legal and policy challenges presented by the digital economy and how governments are responding.

In addition to the high-quality panels organised by the AIJA Commissions, we are proud to announce that the American Bar Association (ABA) will co-host a panel with the AIJA Litigation Commission during the conference, providing valuable insights and expertise from one of the most respected legal organisations in the world.


 

AIJA Commissions involved
  • Antitrust
  • Banking, Finance and Capital Markets
  • Business Crime and Civil Fraud
  • Corporate and M&A
  • Environmental and Energy Law
  • Healthcare and Life Sciences
  • Insolvency
  • Intellectual Property, Technology, Media, and Telecommunications
  • International Business Law (+ Sports Law)
  • International Private Clients and Family Law
  • Labour Law (+ Immigration Law)
  • Sports Law
  • T.R.A.D.E. (Trade, Retail, Agency, Distribution, E-commerce)
  • Transport Law
AIJA Interest Groups involved
  • AIJA Women Network
  • Human Rights

Programme

Track 1 - Transactions in the Age of Technology

14:00 - 20:30

15:00 - 17:00

Organised by the Skills, Career, Innovation, Leadership and Learning (SCILL) Commission
16:00 - 17:00

17:00 - 18:00

17:00 - 18:00

17:00 - 18:00


Organised by the Academic Programme Committee (APC)
18:30 - 20:30

20:45 - 23:30

07:30 - 08:30

08:30 - 18:30

09:30 - 10:00


Eduardo De La Peña Bernal, Reed Smith & AIJA President 2023-2024, United States
Daniela Jara Cruz, Orbe Advisors, Mexico
José Luis Vega Garrido, Ramírez, Gutiérrez-Azpe, Rodríguez-Rivero y Hurtado, Mexico
10:00 - 11:00


Organised by the International Business Law Commission

The discussion on "Artificial Intelligence in International Business Law" begins by defining AI's role and scope in international business, providing a foundational understanding of its classifications and applications. The conversation then tackles the challenges of integrating AI, focusing on ethical concerns like privacy and bias, jurisdictional complexities, and questions of liability and accountability, especially in light of regulations like the EU AI Act. Highlighting practical insights, the discussion shifts to case studies that demonstrate both successful integrations of AI and notable failures, offering a critical analysis of these real-world examples to draw lessons for future applications. Finally, the discussion concludes by emphasizing the need for international standards and best practices in AI's use within business law, proposing a path forward that balances innovation with ethical and legal considerations.
11:00 - 11:30

11:30 - 12:30


Organised by the Intellectual Property Technology, Media, and Telecommunications (IP/TMT) and the Coporate and M&A Commissions

In its brief public lifespan, artificial intelligence (AI) has quickly become one of the most consequential technologies in this generation, with ChatGPT leading the way in November 2022. In this panel, we will consider AI from two different angles.
First, we will evaluate AI as a business asset. From the source data to the algorithms, to the training model and the output data, what are the key components of an AI programme? Who owns the intellectual property at each stage? Can anything created using AI be protected in the way traditional IP rights are protected? How can these risks and opportunities be properly disclosed to potential investors or buyers? What types of representations, warranties, and covenants are being used to specifically deal with these issues?
Second, we will evaluate AI as a virtual assistant to aid the prospective buyer and the transactional lawyer. How can AI be used to identify and evaluate potential targets? How can it be used in the legal due diligence process, which typically encompasses the bulk of the legal fees? To what extent can AI be useful in drafting contracts? How much can an attorney rely on AI as a substitute for the attorney’s professional judgment?
12:30 - 13:30

13:30 - 14:30


Organised by the Labour Law and Insolvency Commissions

Blockchain technology and smart contracts have been emerging for many years and are increasingly used by businesses to create efficiencies in their supply chain and financing arrangements. However, their compatibility with current legal regulations has been continuously questioned. Smart contracts are set up to automatically execute when certain conditions have been fulfilled, removing any need for manual intervention. Furthermore, while legal contracts can be terminated, smart contracts cannot necessarily be considered void, and present challenges when identifying the jurisdiction for breaches of such contracts. This raises further questions for employers and insolvency practitioners alike on termination of such smart contracts.
This panel will explore the use of smart contracts in employment law and the challenges faced by such use as well as how smart contracts place challenges in insolvency proceedings specifically with regard to their termination or unwinding as part of these proceedings.
14:30 - 15:00

15:00 - 16:00


Organised by the Antitrust and the T.R.A.D.E. (Trade, Retail, Agency, Distribution, E-commerce) Commissions

AI driven innovation is rapidly reshaping and revolutionising industrial processes and the franchising and distribution sector as well as consumer experiences. Retailers make use of dynamic pricing algorithms, the automotive industry is working on deploying autonomous cars while at the same time transitioning to electric vehicles. Purpose built AI is being rolled out across and reshaping entire supply chains, all the way to the consumers (e.g. self-ordering fridges), while Hollywood actors strike for fear of being replaced by AI in film productions and are given a hard time in negotiations with powerful platforms. At the core of all these developments is the ever increasing reliance on algorithms and AI.
How are anti-trust regulators and businesses (retailers, franchises, distributors, the supply chain..) across the world dealing with these issues? Are current anti-trust rules and tests up to the challenge? The rise of non-traditional franchising models What liability issues arise if anti-trust or contractual rules are broken by AI assisted processes? Who is liable for AI-driven infractions, especially if there are multiple involved parties such as the AI developer, a manufacturer, and product owners? How can anti-trust regulators prevent ever increasing concentration of market share at the hand of early movers in AI programming or powerful platforms? Examples of AI use in the e-commerce / franchising sector, and what are clients most likely to ask lawyers about?
This panel will discuss the pitfalls and challenges in these areas and seek to identify ways to address them.
16:00 - 16:15

16:15 - 17:15


Organised by the Litigation Commission and the American Bar Association International Law Section (ABA-SIL)

As artificial intelligence continues to transform the legal landscape, this panel will delve into the complex intersection of AI and mass torts cases. From defective algorithms to their unintended consequences, the panelists will explore what role AI might play in mass torts litigation. The discussion will focus on how the legal system will assign liability when damages arise from faulty AI systems—potentially extending to inventors, coders, and other technological professionals.  The panel will examine existing legal precedents and propose forward-looking frameworks to address these questions and challenges. Join us for an insightful exploration of the evolving landscape where technology meets justice. 
17:30 - 18:30

19:30 - 20:00

20:00 - 02:00

08:00 - 18:00

08:45 - 10:00

10:00 - 11:00


Organised by the AIJA Women Network 
11:00 - 11:30

11:30 - 12:30


Organised by the AIJA Human Rights Committee (HRC)

The panel will engage in a comprehensive discussion encompassing various facets of the International Legal Framework for cultural appropriation, with a particular focus on the Mexican constitutional block.
The discourse will include a brief history of the indigenous people of Mexico and the main implications of dealing with indigenous people, shedding light on the complexities that arise, especially within Urban Indigenous Communities. An examination of the legal consequences associated with cultural appropriation or unauthorized use in Mexico will further enrich the conversation, providing valuable insights into the challenges and ramifications.
Furthermore, the panel will delve into the intricacies of contracting with Indigenous Communities, addressing the delicate balance between traditional knowledge and human rights. Lastly, we will elucidate the due diligence obligations incumbent upon companies operating in this domain, offering a holistic perspective on the legal landscape surrounding cultural appropriation.
12:30 - 13:30

13:30 - 15:00

15:00 - 16:00

16:00 - 17:00

17:00 - 18:00

20:00 - 23:00


One of the most anticipated evenings with a personal-local touch is the ‘Home Hospitality Dinner’, where local lawyers open their homes to welcome AIJA delegates from around the world with local delectable food and drinks. Gain insights into the lifestyle and hospitality of the city hosting the conference in a friendly atmosphere experience.
23:00 - 02:00

11:00 - 11:30

11:30 - 14:00

14:00 - 16:00

Track 2 - The Impact of the Digital Economy in our Daily Lives

14:00 - 20:30

15:00 - 17:00

Organised by the Skills, Career, Innovation, Leadership and Learning (SCILL) Commission
16:00 - 17:00

17:00 - 18:00

17:00 - 18:00

17:00 - 18:00


Organised by the Academic Programme Committee (APC)
18:30 - 20:30

20:45 - 23:30

07:30 - 08:30

08:30 - 18:30

09:30 - 10:00


Eduardo De La Peña Bernal, Reed Smith & AIJA President 2023-2024, United States
Daniela Jara Cruz, Orbe Advisors, Mexico
José Luis Vega Garrido, Ramírez, Gutiérrez-Azpe, Rodríguez-Rivero y Hurtado, Mexico

Transfer to tracks
10:00 - 11:00


Organised by the Business Crime and Civil Fraud Commission

DAOs are a unique application of blockchain and organisational governance, which use automation and democratised consensus-based decision making with no central governing body. So, what happens if you have one as a client or adversary in criminal prosecutions or in civil litigation? Is that even possible? This panel will explore how DAOs fit in the traditional litigation scheme.
11:00 - 11:30

11:30 - 12:30


Organised by the Healthcare and Life Sciences Commission

Automation has become an integral part of the healthcare system, physical assistant robots treat patients in rehabilitation, robots assist in surgery, physicians upload images or medical histories to a platform to receive possible medical findings.
The complexity of cyber-physical systems in specific healthcare applications is diverse, ranging from automated imaging techniques to doctor's appointments with a chat bot.
This panel will shed light on the specific issues and challenges of regulation in this highly innovative environment. Are current industry standards sufficient? Do general legal principles still apply when robots are in charge of our health?
12:30 - 13:30

13:30 - 14:30


Organised by the Transport Law and the Environmental and Energy Law Commissions

Nearshoring offers cost efficiency, logistical ease and mitigating risks associated with more distant outsourcing. The convenience lies in the balance of operational benefits, reduced complexities, and improved innovation through closer partnerships. Within the context of Digital Economy, these elements are crucial in navigating the interconnected global landscape.
This panel will explore the legal intricacies of nearshoring by delving into transport, environmental, and energy law. Among others, we will address the regulatory landscape, environmental considerations, and clean energy requirements shaping nearshoring challenges.
Through case studies and practical insights, this session will provide a comprehensive understanding of legal challenges and successful strategies in a wide array of regions. In the realm of the Digital Economy, understanding these legal aspects becomes pivotal as technology-driven industries engage in nearshoring.
14:30 - 15:00

15:00 - 16:00


Organised by the Banking, Finance and Capital Markets Commission

The panel explores the evolving landscape of digital assets and cryptocurrencies in the post-FTX era. FTX, a prominent cryptocurrency exchange, has played a significant role in shaping the industry and its collapse significantly destroyed general public's faith in the blockchain industry, but the discussion goes beyond recent challenges or setbacks. Panelists will provide unique insights from both industry and regulatory perspectives. The conversation delves into the future of digital assets, including tighter regulation of the sector, increasing focus on CBDCs, transformation from crypto exchanges into digital-asset ecosystems, analysing the impact of regulatory developments, technological advancements, and market trends. The discussion aims to provide a comprehensive understanding of navigating the digital space responsibly and innovatively, addressing key issues such as security, compliance, and the role of emerging technologies in shaping the next phase of digital asset evolution.
16:00 - 16:15

16:15 - 17:15


Organised by the Intellectual Property Technology, Media, and Telecommunications (IP/TMT) Commission

As Mexico and the EU have recently enacted new legislation in relation to the protection of traditional knowledge, cultural property and non-traditional trademarks, the timing and location offers a unique opportunity for an in-depth discussion on how we protect culture and indigenous knowledge while supporting their continued use and appropriate commercialisation.
17:30 - 18:30

19:30 - 20:00

20:00 - 02:00

08:00 - 18:00

08:45 - 10:00

10:00 - 11:00


Organised by the AIJA Women Network
11:00 - 11:30

11:30 - 12:30


Organised by the AIJA Human Rights Committee (HRC)

The panel will engage in a comprehensive discussion encompassing various facets of the International Legal Framework for cultural appropriation, with a particular focus on the Mexican constitutional block.
The discourse will include a brief history of the indigenous people of Mexico and the main implications of dealing with indigenous people, shedding light on the complexities that arise, especially within Urban Indigenous Communities. An examination of the legal consequences associated with cultural appropriation or unauthorized use in Mexico will further enrich the conversation, providing valuable insights into the challenges and ramifications.
Furthermore, the panel will delve into the intricacies of contracting with Indigenous Communities, addressing the delicate balance between traditional knowledge and human rights. Lastly, we will elucidate the due diligence obligations incumbent upon companies operating in this domain, offering a holistic perspective on the legal landscape surrounding cultural appropriation.
12:30 - 13:30

13:30 - 15:00

15:00 - 16:00

16:00 - 17:00

17:00 - 18:00

20:00 - 23:00


One of the most anticipated evenings with a personal-local touch is the ‘Home Hospitality Dinner’, where local lawyers open their homes to welcome AIJA delegates from around the world with local delectable food and drinks. Gain insights into the lifestyle and hospitality of the city hosting the conference in a friendly atmosphere experience.
23:00 - 02:00

11:00 - 11:30

11:30 - 14:00

14:00 - 16:00

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Organising Committee

Cara COOKE Mason Hayes & Curran (IRELAND)
Carlos Federico DELRAZO OCHOA Ecija Mexico, S.C. (MEXICO)
Daniela FLORES BORUNDA EC Rubio (MEXICO)
Herta Daniela JARA CRUZ Orbe Advisors (MEXICO)
Elena KADELBURGER Underwood & Co (UNITED KINGDOM)
Sophie LENS ALTIUS (BELGIUM)
Juan MENDOZA Sequor Law, P.A. (UNITED STATES)
Gabriela VASQUEZ Galindo, Arias & Lopez (PANAMA)
José Luis VEGA GARRIDO Ramírez, Gutiérrez-Azpe, Rodríguez-Rivero y Hurtado, S.C. (MEXICO)

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