CANCELED - The 12th Annual Sedona Conference International Programme on Cross-Border Data Transfers and Data Protection Laws

Monday, June 8, 2020 - 10:00am to Tuesday, June 9, 2020 - 1:15pm

This programme has been canceled.

Royal Garden Hotel
London, UK

Returning to Europe, the 12th Annual Sedona Conference International Programme on Cross-Border Data Transfers and Data Protection Laws will be held on 8-9 June 2020 at the Royal Garden Hotel in London. There will be a welcome reception at the Hotel in the evening of 7 June 2020, from 18:00 - 20:00.

With a concentrated focus on the United Kingdom (UK) and the European Union (EU), the 2020 Annual International Programme will address cross-border data transfers relating to commercial operations, government investigations, and discovery in litigation, and the related compliance, privacy and security issues. We will discuss the impact of Brexit on (1) cross-border data transfers, particularly between the UK and the EU, and (2) the operations of companies based inside and outside of those jurisdictions. We will also assess how cross-border data transfers, privacy, and data security across the globe – but particularly in the United States and Europe – have evolved since the full implementation of the EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) nearly two years ago. At the crossroads of these developments, the Programme will provide the expert dialogue it is known for between leading global data protection authorities, corporate counsel, outside counsel, and service providers, both on the faculty and among the Programme participants.

Unlike other continuing legal education programs, all faculty members are present for the entire Programme and participate in all aspects of the Programme. The format involves dialogue not only among faculty members, but also with the Programme participants, who are invited and encouraged to contribute their comments and perspectives to the dialogue.

Attendance at the Programme is by invitation only to ensure a proper balance of participants and is limited in size to ensure that we have an intimate environment for meaningful dialogue.

Hotel Accommodations

We have secured a highly favorable group rate of £245(GBP) inclusive of VAT and English Breakfast for a Queen Room single per night on a block of rooms at the Royal Garden Hotel in London for the nights of 7-9 June 2020. The group rate is also available for the three nights preceding and the three nights following the Programme, but subject to room availability because no room block is held for these nights.

Complete hotel reservation information will be provided with your Programme registration confirmation email. Accordingly, you should submit an application for the Programme as soon as possible, so we can consider your application and extend an invitation to you to participate in the Programme in a timely fashion.

Working Group Meetings

In the afternoon of 9 June, following the conclusion of the International Programme, from 13:30-17:00, there will be a members' meeting of The Sedona Conference Working Group 6 on International Electronic Information Management, Discovery and Disclosure (WG6) (for more details, please visit the meeting webpage here). In the morning of 10 June, from 8:30-12:00, there will be a members' meeting of The Sedona Conference Working Group 11 on Data Security and Privacy Liability (WG11) (for more details, please visit the meeting webpage here).

You must be a Working Group Series (WGS) member to attend the WG6 and WG11 meetings.

If you are a WGS member who would like to attend either or both of the meetings, please indicate this during the application process for the International Programme – you will be prompted to select which meeting(s) you plan to attend.

If you are not a WGS member, you can sign up for a WGS membership here. Once a WGS member, one is eligible to become a member and take part in the activities of all Working Groups, including WG6 and WG11. If you have any questions about how to sign up for a membership or encounter any difficulties while doing so, please contact our office at [email protected].

Corporate Counsel Meeting

There will be an off-site meeting of corporate counsel (meeting time and location TBD). The meeting is limited to corporate counsel and The Sedona Conference leadership to discuss and benchmark cross-border transfer best practices in a more relaxed and informal setting. This intimate forum will allow for a discussion of issues of specific importance to in-house counsel. If you are invited to participate in the Programme, the organizers of this meeting will contact you separately with more details.


Ropes & Gray

London, United Kingdom

Confirmed Faculty


London, United Kingdom

Littler Mendelson, PC

New York, NY, USA

Bird & Bird

London, United Kingdom

Kellerhals Carrard

Basel, Switzerland

European Data Protection Supervisor

Brussels, Belgium

Data Protection Commissioner for Ireland

Dublin, Ireland

Bayer AG

Berlin, Germany

U.S. Dept. of Commerce

Washington, DC, USA

Chair of the European Data Protection Board

Brussels, Belgium

UK Government Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport

London, United Kingdom

Perkins Coie LLP

Washington, DC, USA


Waterloo, Belgium


Dublin, Ireland

The High Court of Justice of England and Wales

London, United Kingdom

Information Commissioner's Office

Wimslow, United Kingdom


London, United Kingdom

Federal Trade Commission

Washington, DC, USA


San Francisco, CA, USA

The Sedona Conference

Phoenix, AZ, USA

Information Commissioner’s Office

Wimslow, United Kingdom


Time Session Panelists
6:00 pm to 8:00 pmWelcome reception
7:30 am to 8:30 amSign-In
10:15 am to 10:30 amMorning Break
12:45 pm to 2:00 pmLunch (provided)
3:30 pm to 3:45 pmAfternoon Break
5:00 pm to 7:00 pmReception (guests invited)
8:00 am to 9:00 amSign-In
10:15 am to 10:30 amMorning Break
1:00 pm to 2:00 pmLunch (provided)