The 8th Annual Sedona Conference International Programme on Cross-Border Discovery & Data Protection Laws


June 7, 2016 - June 8, 2016
Berlin, Germany
Hotel Adlon Kempinski

Monday, 6 June, 18:00 to 20:00 - Welcome Reception
Tuesday, 7 June, 7:30 - Sign in and buffet breakfast
Wednesday, 8 June, 13:00
Thursday, 9 June, 08:30 to 13:00 - Members only meeting

The 8th Annual Sedona Conference International Programme
On Cross-Border Discovery & Data Protection Laws

The Sedona Conference will hold its 8th Annual International Programme on Cross-Border Discovery & Data Protection Laws in Berlin, Germany, continuing the tradition of its unique, dialogue-based format, and bringing together top-level regulators, judges, in-house counsel, and practitioners to exchange ideas and develop concise, practical guidance in the interconnected fields of cross-border discovery and data protection. The focus for 2016 will be to explore the rapidly evolving landscape of the European data protection regime, including the proposed new General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), the judgment of the European Court of Justice (ECJ) on Safe Harbor, and the new “EU-U.S. Privacy Shield” agreement, providing a thorough assessment of the numerous recent data protection developments in Europe and around the world.

Unlike other continuing legal education programmes, all faculty members are present for the entire Programme, and faculty members 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.

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

The Programme will be held at the legendary Hotel Adlon Kempinski in Berlin, located in Pariser Platz Square on Unter den Linden Boulevard, just steps from the Brandenburg Gate.

We have secured a highly favorable group rate of EUR 240 per night on a limited block of Deluxe Rooms at the Hotel Adlon Kempinski for the evenings of 6-8 June 2016. The group rate also is available for the four days preceding (2-5 June) and the three days following the Programme (9-11 June), but completely subject to room availability because there is no room block 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 you an invitation to participate in the Programme in a timely fashion.

A meet-and-greet reception will be held at the hotel the evening before the Programme begins, Monday, 6 June, from 18:00 to 20:00.

Please also note that a separate meeting for Working Group 6 (WG6) members will be held on Thursday, 9 June, from 8:30 to 13:00 (location TBA). If you are a WG6 member who would like to attend the WG6 members-only meeting, please indicate this during the application process by checking the box signifying that you plan to attend.

In addition, following the conclusion of the programme and lunch on the afternoon of 8 June, there will be a meeting limited to in-house counsel and Sedona leadership to discuss and benchmark cross-border transfer best practices in a more relaxed and informal setting. This intimate forum will allow for a more frank and robust 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.

Please submit your application as soon as possible, in order to ensure availability! We hope to see you in Berlin.




June 6, 2016
Time Session Panelists
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm Meet-and-Greet Reception
June 7, 2016
Time Session Panelists
7:30 am - 8:30 am Buffet Breakfast & Sign-In
8:30 am - 8:45 am Welcome & Overview
8:45 am - 10:00 am The New EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR): Cornerstone concepts of the GDPR and how it will shape the European data protection landscape before and after implementation
10:00 am - 10:15 am Morning Break
10:15 am - 11:30 am Key Changes to the EU-U.S. Cross-Border Discovery Framework: A practical look at the effects the new European legislation will have on EU-U.S. cross-border transfers in the context of litigation, government investigations, and internal investigations
11:30 am - 12:45 pm The Interplay of International Data Protection Developments and the Changing EU Landscape: How do emerging data localization laws and blocking statutes in the rest of the world influence the cross-border discovery space?
12:45 pm - 2:00 pm Lunch (provided)
2:00 pm - 3:30 pm Safe Harbor After the ECJ Ruling: How did we get here and where are we going? A look back at the developments that brought us to the invalidation of the Safe Harbor adequacy decision, what changed, and what to expect from the new EU-U.S. Privacy Shield
3:30 pm - 3:45 pm Afternoon Break
3:45 pm - 5:00 pm The Microsoft Ireland Case: Implications for the way the U.S. addresses data protection and the potential effects on cross-border discovery
5:00 pm - 7:00 pm Reception with the faculty (guests invited)
June 8, 2016
Time Session Panelists
7:45 am - 8:45 am Buffet Breakfast & Sign-in
8:45 am - 10:15 am Emerging Data Protection Laws and Changing Compliance Requirements in Latin America: A look at the current set of rules in various Latin American jurisdictions, their basis in European legislation, and how the GDPR may influence future change
10:15 am - 10:30 am Morning Break
10:30 am - 11:45 am Cross-Border Corporate Transfers of Data: Benchmarking the emerging best practices
11:45 am - 1:00 pm The Application of Technologies in Data Protection: A dialogue on how technology can support data protection compliance
1:00 pm - 2:00 pm Lunch (provided)
Pfizer, Madrid, Spain
European Academy for Freedom of Information and Data Protection, Berlin, Germany
Cleary Gottlieb, Brussels, Belgium
Swiss Re Corporation, Armonk, NY
Littler Mendelson P.C., New York, NY
United States Department of State, Washington, DC
U.S. District Judge, E.D. Pa., Philadelphia, PA
Consilio, Frankfurt, Germany
Promontory Financial Group (UK) Ltd, London, United Kingdom
Seyfarth Shaw LLP, Chicago, IL
DLA Piper LLP (US), San Francisco, CA
Bavarian Data Protection Authority for the Private Sector, Ansbach, Germany
CUNY School of Law, New York, NY
Former European Data Protection Supervisor, Amsterdam, Netherlands
Norton Rose Fulbright, New York, NY
Squire Patton Boggs, Brussels, Belgium
Marval, O’ Farrell & Mairal, Buenos Aires, Argentina
Redgrave LLP, Washington, DC
UBS AG, Zurich, Switzerland
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Refund Policy

Prior to April 23, 2016

  • Full Refund, less a $75 administration fee

April 23, 2016 - May 20, 2016

  • No refunds, but substitutions from the same firm/company are freely permitted. Credit to be used for another International Programme can be also provided upon request.