2020 Events


Artificial Intelligence (AI) Unlocked

October 6, 8, 13, 15 and 20, 2020
With Berkeley Law Executive Education

Artificial Intelligence (AI) Unlocked is a multi-day, online executive academy consisting of lectures, panel discussions, and interactive sessions led by the industry’s foremost educators and leaders.

BCLT Privacy Law Forum

October 9, 2020 
Bridging academia and practice, this full-day conference brought together in-house counsel from leading tech companies, practicing lawyers, regulators, privacy advocates, and academics. Faculty from the UC Berkeley School of Law shared their latest research and analysis, and leading privacy experts from law firms, companies, and government agencies offered fresh insight and practical advice on meeting urgent privacy challenges.

Online Certificate Series

Intellectual property law in China is undergoing rapid change, with profound implications for the global tech industry. The Asia IP and Technology Law Project presented a series of seven webinars, which began May 27, 2020. Leading experts from China and the U.S. covered developments in Chinese law on important topics including patentability, pharmaceutical IP, trade secrets law and enforcement, licensing and antitrust, and copyright. In addition to CLE credit, individuals who attended 6 out of 7 webinar sessions are eligible to receive a certificate in Chinese IP law from the Berkeley Center for Law & Technology.


Who Will Benefit from This Series

This series is intended for in-house counsel and law firm attorneys representing tech companies concerned about protecting their IP in China. Whether you have been doing trans-Pacific work for a long time, or are newly focused on trying to understand the Chinese legal landscape, this series will get you up to speed on key developments spurred by the trade wars and internal drivers of law reform in China.

Participate in Real Time or View the Series at Your Convenience

Each session in the series was presented in real-time, with audience Q&A. In addition, a recording of each session was made available to registrants. So if you subscribed to the series after it began, you can go back at your convenience and watch the recorded sessions.

Full schedule, details, and individual registrations>> 

Legal Frontiers in Digital Media: 2020 Webinar Series

with Media Law Resource Center
In partnership with the Media Law Resource Center, BCLT offered a series of one-hour webinars on legal issues affecting digital media and platforms.

Happy 2nd Birthday, GDPR:
Lessons learned about GDPR compliance

Organized with Osborne Clarke

Thursday, June 11, 2020

The European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation took effect two years ago, with huge implications for companies around the world, including those based in the U.S. Two years in, it is probably time for companies to revisit their GDPR compliance strategy. Based on the lessons learned from enforcement actions and regulators’ guidance, what might you have overlooked or gotten wrong? What is the latest understanding of best practices on privacy impact assessments, access requests, and other features introduced or strengthened in the GDPR?


Emily Jones, head of Osborne Clarke’s Silicon Valley Office in Palo Alto and a specialist in European and UK data privacy and technology law

Flemming Moos, Osborne Clarke partner, ranked as one of the leading data protection lawyers in Germany

Moderator: Jim Dempsey, executive director, Berkeley Center for Law & Technology


Annual Privacy Law Scholars Conference

Organized jointly by BCLT and the George Washington University Law School, PLSC assembles a wide array of privacy law scholars and practitioners from around the world to discuss current issues and foster greater connections between academia and practice.

with George Washington Law School
June 4-5, 2020 

China Law, Trade and IP 2020, Online Certificate Series

May 20, 2020– Following the Data: What the Latest Research Says about China’s Legal and IP Environment

How should we understand data-driven Chinese legal policymaking, and how do these tools provide strategic insights?


  • Benjamin Liebman, Columbia University
  • Tobias Smith, UC Berkeley
  • Melissa Schneider, Darts IP
  • Robert Merges, UC Berkeley
  • Fei Deng, Charles River Associates
  • Mark Cohen, BCLT (moderator)

Webinar recording

May 6, 2020– The Phase 1 Agreement and Its Implementation

Former high-ranking US government officials and one of China’s leading experts on IP law will discuss the Phase 1 Trade Agreement between the US and China. Among the issues to be discussed:  To what extent will the Agreement improve US and Chinese trade relations? On IP specifically, what does the Agreement offer to US companies? Will China wholeheartedly implement the Agreement. Will  the dispute settlement mechanisms in the Agreement work?  What about China’s own efforts to improve its IP regime?  What further improvements are possible in a Phase 2 Agreement, and indeed will there be a Phase 2? 


  • Craig Allen, President US-China Business Council
  • Warren Maruyama, Hogan Lovells
  • Guobin Cui, Tsinghua University Law School
  • Wendy Cutler, Asia Society
  • Mark Cohen, Berkeley Law (moderator)

Webinar recording

April 22, 2020– China: Law, Economy and Trade in 2020

A look at legal and economic developments in China as they affect trans-Pacific trade for 2020 and beyond. 


  • Jerome A. Cohen, NYU
  • Susan Finder, Peking University Transnational Law School (Shenzhen)
  • Sean Randolph, Bay Area Economic Council
  • Mark Cohen, Berkeley Law (moderator)

Webinar recording


Book warming:  The Scientist and the Spy: A True Story of China, the FBI, and Industrial Espionage

May 13, 2020

Mara Hvistendahl is a Pulitizer Prize runner-up in non-fiction writing. In her new book, she chronicles an FBI investigation that began with the September 2011 trespassing inquiry of Chinese nationals in an Iowa cornfield and grew into a two-year FBI operation in which investigators bugged the men’s rental cars, used a warrant intended for foreign terrorists and spies, and flew surveillance planes over corn country. Science magazine in reviewing the book noted, “If there is a subplot that makes this book essential reading, especially for those working in the sciences today, it is Hvistendahl’s documentation of the disturbing effects that the too-vigorous pursuit of industrial spies has had on Chinese scientists and engineers in the United States.” 

Suggested reading
Webinar recording

24th Annual BCLT/BTLJ Symposium

The Roles of Technology Expertise in Law and Policy

February 27-28, 2020
International House
UC Berkeley

As more litigation, legislation, and regulation involves technological matters (especially those involving digital technologies), this 2-day symposium explored how expertise about technology and its impacts is generated, introduced, and used in making legal and policy decisions. The first day, February 27, focused on the judiciary. Day 2, February 28, examined issues related to legislative and executive branch decision-making at the federal, state, and local levels.

BCLT 25th Anniversary Gala Dinner

February 27, 2020
Claremont Hotel, Berkeley, CA
7:00 P.M.
Celebrating a quarter century of leadership at the intersection of law and technology, with a gala dinner after the first day of our annual symposium. This was a great opportunity to meet fellow alumni and BCLT’s seventeen (!) faculty directors. 
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