2019 Events

20th Annual Berkeley-Stanford Advanced Patent Law Institute: Silicon Valley

December 12 & 13, 2019
East Palo Alto, CA

The  Annual Berkeley-Stanford Advanced Patent Law Institute is co-organized by BCLT and Stanford Law School and presents a roster of judges, academics, litigators, patent prosecutors, and senior IP counsel from major corporations offering a results-oriented, in-depth look at the latest developments in patent law and practice. 

12th 2019 BCLT Privacy Lecture

November 7, 2019
Berkeley, CA
As national security and commercial data sharing issues have become intertwined, the politics of international privacy have been recast. In his BCLT Privacy Lecture, Prof. Newman will explore how privacy is no longer simply a legal tool to safeguard dignity but increasingly a highly politicized policy field used to protect citizens, firms and governments from foreign surveillance.
Abraham Newman is a professor in the Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service and Government Department at Georgetown UniversityDirector of the Mortara Center for International Studies, and former chair of the European Union Studies Association. His latest book is Of Privacy and Power: the Transatlantic Struggle over Freedom and Security (with Henry Farrell, Princeton University Press 2019).

2nd Annual Berkeley-Tsinghua Conference on Transnational IP Litigation

October 22, 2019
Berkeley, CA

The goal of the program is to foster a deeper understanding among practitioners, judges and policy makers of the increasingly important role of cross-border litigation, especially for Chinese and American companies.   

UC Berkeley School of Law certifies that this activity has been approved by the State Bar of California for 7.25 hours Continuing Legal Education credit.        

The program is an outgrowth of collaboration between the Berkeley Law and Tsinghua Law.  It is produced by the Asia IP Project of the Berkeley Center for Law and Technology and is co-sponsored by the Berkeley Judicial Institute.




Annual Privacy Law Scholars Conference

May 30-31, 2019 
UC Berkeley School of Law

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.

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May 20-21, 2019
Misson Bay Conference Center
San Francisco, CA

In partnership with the Media Law Resource Center, BCLT co-hosts this annual conference, exploring emerging legal issues surrounding digital content in today’s multi-platform world.

Practical Issues in CFIUS and Export Controls
A Discussion Among Practitioners and Users

April 10, 2019
Berkeley, CA

The 23rd Annual BCLT/BTLJ Symposium
Governing Machines: Defining and Enforcing
Public Policy Values in AI Systems

April 4 & 5, 2019
Berkeley, CA

Algorithms that analyze data, predict outcomes, suggest solutions, and make decisions are increasingly embedded into everyday life. Machines automate content filtering, drive cars and fly planes, trade stocks, evaluate resumes, assist with medical diagnostics, and contribute to government decision-making. Given the growing role of artificial intelligence and machine learning in society, how should we define and enforce traditional legal obligations of privacy, non-discrimination, due process, liability, professional responsibility, and reasonable care? This symposium convened scholars and practitioners from law, policy, ethics, computer science, medicine, and social science to consider what roles we should allow machines to play and how to govern them in support of public policy goals.

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BCLT Privacy Law Forum: Silicon Valley

The New Compliance Reality: From California to the EU to Global

March 22, 2019
Four Seasons Hotel Silicon Valley
East Palo Alto, CA

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

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The 11th Annual Privacy Lecture: “Privacy Must Fall”
The World According to Surveillance Capitalism
by Professor Shoshana Zuboff

March 14, 2019
Berkeley, CA

Professor Shoshana Zuboff, author of The Age of Surveillance Capitalism (forthcoming 2018), joined the Harvard Business School faculty in 1981. One of the first tenured women at the school, she was the Charles Edward Wilson Professor of Business Administration. Her career has been devoted to the study of the rise of the digital, its individual, organizational, and social consequences, and its relationship to the history and future of capitalism.

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Privacy and Cybersecurity Law Developments in China, the EU and the US

March 1, 2019
San Francisco, CA
Cross-border compliance poses major challenges: China is developing a robust commercial privacy and cybersecurity framework. In Europe, the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) took effect in 2018, with global impact. In the US, the Federal Trade Commission has assumed the role of privacy and cybersecurity regulator, but without general rule-making authority, and the US Congress this year will debate a comprehensive privacy law. Meanwhile, innovative companies want to offer their goods and services globally. They seek to ensure cross-border data flows. They also need consistency and certainty about requirements. This conference will address the question of interoperability: what strategies can global companies adopt in complying with the laws of China, the US and Europe (and, of course, the rest of the world) and how should the laws of those countries develop to better protect consumers while also fostering innovation and competition?