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TTLF Speaker Series: Europe 3.0 How Europe is Preparing its Legal Framework for the Digital Future


October 11, 2010 12:45pm - 2:00pm

Room 90
Room 95
Stanford Law School

The Stanford Program in Law, Science and Technology and its Transatlantic Technology Law Forum present

Europe 3.0 How Europe is Preparing its Legal Framework for the Digital Future

About the event:In May 2010, the European Commission published 'The Digital Agenda for Europe', which is one of the seven strategic initiatives of the EU’s 'The Europe 2020 Strategy' program. Significant parts of 'The Digital Agenda' are based on research carried out by Professor Patrick van Eecke who teaches at theUniversity of Antwerp and is a partner in the Brussels office of DLA Piper.

In this talk Prof. van Eecke will discuss new information processing and communication technologies (ICT) and their substantial effect on corporate and private life. In light of the speed of technological change, legislation oftentimes fails to provide legal decision makers with guidance on how to solve problems arising from the use of new information technologies. Prof. van Eecke will provide an overview of current legal issues surrounding web 2.0 applications, cloud computing, instant messaging and augmented reality from a European perspective. He will then contrast the EU legislator’s approach to regulating ICT with the US legislator’s approach.

Finally, Prof. van Eecke will discuss future trends, their impact on present legislation and how the EU legislator is planning to address these challenges.

About the Speaker: Prof. Dr. Patrick Van Eecke graduated from the K.U. Leuven (1993 Lic Iur, cum laude) and obtained a LL.M. degree at the Rechtsfakultät, Universität Trier, Germany (1994, Magister Iuris in Deutschem Recht, summa cum laude). He was a research fellow at Stanford University, United States in 2001-2002 and received his doctoral degree in 2004 at the K.U.Leuven.

Prof. Van Eecke currently lectures European IT law at the University of Antwerp, and also lectures at Queen Mary and King's College, both University of London. He is the author of diverse legal articles and books on computer crime, electronic signatures, electronic contracting and privacy and is a regular speaker on national and international conferences. Patrick Van Eecke is also member of the Brussels bar representing clients and governments on legal issues related to the information society. In 2010, Patrick Van Eecke finalised a study for the European Commission on the future of the European legal framework for the Information Society.

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