Commercial data transfers between UK and EU and the adequacy decision

The event is a part of the Cross-border Data Protection Network (Cross-DPN) project, funded by the Economic and Social Research Council and the Irish Research Council. CROSS-DPN is a multi-stakeholder, transnational forum between the United Kingdom and the Republic of Ireland for discussing issues related to data protection in the post-Brexit era through an interdisciplinary research, as well as a practical and policy lens.

The event is co-organised by Dr Edina Harbinja, Aston University, and Dr Nóra Ní Loideain, the Information Law and Policy Centre, and it will focus on issues surrounding commercial data transfers between the UK and the Republic of Ireland (and the EU more widely) in the post-Brexit era.

Academic Panel 10 am - 12 pm (BST)

In this session, leading academics will share their perspectives on commercial data transfer issues.


Dr Karen Mc Cullagh, University of East Anglia - Post-Brexit Data Protection in the UK - Leaving the EU but not EU data protection law behind. 

Dr Henry Pearce, University of Portsmouth - Data protection law in a post-Brexit world: The future is not “personal”?

Dr Michael Veale, UCL - Beyond Adequacy: Data Flows' Infrastructural Turn

Prof Daithí Mac Síthigh, Queen's University Belfast - Never mind the new oil, is there mud on the wheels? The information industries after Brexit 

Stakeholder panel: 1 pm - 2.30 pm (BST)

The afternoon part will be interactive, responding to the academic panel. It will consider legal, policy, industry and civil society perspectives. Panellists include representatives of the Irish Data Protection Commission, Open Rights Group, the Irish Council for Civil Liberties, legal professionals, UK regulators, tech industry.

Bojana Bellamy, President of Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP’s Centre for Information Policy Leadership (CIPL)

Heather Burns, Policy Manager at Open Rights Group

Neil Brown, a solicitor and the managing director of an English law firm

Nicola Coogan, Assistant Commissioner in the Data Protection Commission (DPC) heading up the International Transfers unit

Oliver Patel, Head of Inbound Data Flows, Data Policy Directorate, DCMS

Dr Johnny Ryan, Irish Council for Civil Liberties

Eduardo Ustaran, Partner, Hogan Lovells International LLP

Chair: Dr Nóra Ní Loideain, Director and Lecturer in Law, Information Law & Policy Centre Institute of Advanced Legal Studies, University of London

Institute of Advanced Legal Studies
Dr Karen Mc Cullagh (University of East Anglia), Dr Henry Pearce (University of Portsmouth), Dr Michael Veale (UCL), Prof Daithí Mac Síthigh (Queen's University Belfast. Chair: Dr Edina Harbinja (Aston University)
Event date: 
Thursday, 22 April 2021 - 10:00am