Description
Fide holds this session via the online platform Microsoft Teams. In order to attend it is essential to request your assistance through the AreaFide platform.

Panellists:
  • Theodore Christakis, Professor of International and European Law at the University Grenoble Alpes (France)
  • Teresa Rodríguez de las Heras Ballell, Professor of Commercial Law at the University Carlos III of Madrid. Of Counsel, Andersen
Moderator:
  • Carlos Espósito, Professor of Public International Law at the Autonomous University of Madrid (UAM). Member of FIDE⿿s Academic Council

Objectives:
´The Times They Are A-Changin´. When Jean-Claude Juncker, then President of the European Commission, proclaimed in 2018 that ´The Hour of European Sovereignty´ had come, half of Europe criticized him.
Today hardly a day goes by in Europe without a politician talking about ´digital sovereignty´.
- What does this concept mean?
- What exactly does it entail?
- What are the opportunities opened in Europe thanks to action related to this concept?
- And what are the potential pitfalls?

This session will permit to engage a discussion on these issues using as a point of departure the author´s study ´European Digital Sovereignty´: Successfully Navigating Between the ‘Brussels Effect’ and Europe´s Quest for Strategic Autonomy (December 2020) available for free download here.

Panellists short bios:
Theodore Christakis, Professor of International and European Law at the University Grenoble Alpes (France). He is Director of Research for Europe for the Cross-Border Data Forum. Chair on the Legal and Regulatory Implications of Artificial Intelligence and member of the French National Committee for Digital Ethics. As an international expert he has advised Governments, International Organisations and the private sector on issues concerning international law, cybersecurity, data protection and artificial intelligence regulation. He is also acting as Data Protection Officer (DPO) for tech companies

Teresa Rodríguez de las Heras Ballell, Professor of Commercial Law at the University Carlos III of Madrid. Of Counsel, Andersen. Professor of Excellence 2017-2018 at Oxford University (Uc3m-Santander Program), affiliated to Harris Manchester College. Previously, James J. Coleman, Distinguished Visiting Professor of Law at Tulane Law School, Visiting Professor at Harris Manchester College, University of Oxford, Member of Stanford Law School, TTLF and Marie Curie Fellow at ZERP, University of Bremen, among other visiting professors and scholars, such as Columbia Law School, University of Washington, University of Tokyo or University College London. Arbitrator at the Madrid Court of Arbitration, member of the Spanish Advertising Standards Tribunal (Autocontrol), member of the UNIDROIT Study Group on the MAC Protocol to the Cape Town Convention on International Security Interests, member of the Spanish Contact Group of the Aviation Working Group, member of the Railway Working Group. Group, Spanish delegate to UNIDROIT for MAC Protocol, Spanish Delegate, and, previously, representative of ASADIP / CEDEP in the UNCITRAL Working Group VI on Security Interests. Member of the EU Commission Expert Group on Liability and New Technologies and member of the Expert Group to the EU Observatory on the Online Platform Economy.

Carlos Esposito, Professor of Public International Law at the Autonomous University of Madrid (UAM). Lawyer, University of Buenos Aires (1989), Doctor in Law, UAM (1995), post-doctorate at the Law School by the University of Berkeley (1997). Visiting professor and researcher at universities and institutions in Europe, Latin America, the United States of America and Asia. Life Member of Clare Hall College, Cambridge University. He has been Technical Advisor (2001-2003) and Deputy Head of the International Legal Department of the MAEC (2004). He is the author and editor of numerous books and articles, such as The Advisory Jurisdiction of the International Court of Justice (1996), State Immunity and Human Rights (2007), The Role of Courts in Transitional Justice (2012), Sovereign Financing and International Law (2013), Ocean Law and Policy (2016) and is the author of the blog aquiescencia.net. Member of the ILA Committee on International Law and Sea Level Rise. Member of the Academic Council of FIDE.

Methodology: The dynamic of the session will respect the usual rules of Fide and the participation and interaction of the speakers and attendees as well, making only the changes required for its celebration on line.

Schedule: The session will be held from 4.00 to 5.30 pm using the online platform Microsoft Teams.
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