11th Annual Business Law Forum: Geography and the Digital World


from January 30 to January 31, 2020

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  • 2020-01-30 08:30:00 2020-01-31 18:00:00 Europe/London 11th Annual Business Law Forum: Geography and the Digital World AMSTERDAM, THE NETHERLANDS UIA
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Digital commerce and the Internet are creating an increasingly complex challenge to traditional legal concepts concerning jurisdiction, regulation, taxation, digital privacy, competition and freedom of speech.   What may be normal and permissible in one country may be prohibited in another.  Yet these issues impact our everyday life like never before, and the Internet knows no border and transnationalism has become the new normal. 

This seminar will focus on the issues created by a world of commerce without borders and why traditional legal systems may not have yet adapted to these changing times. We will highlight several major industries which are in full digital transition from a multi-jurisdictional angle. Questions to be addressed include, for example, whether a seller of pharmaceutical products in India must obtain marketing authorization in Europe and the United States simply because someone there could purchase it digitally. Can regulatory obstacles to the offering of financial services be removed or avoided by doing business digitally without being physically present in the jurisdiction? What are the tax and anti-trust consequences of being digitally present in a country or region? Similarly, can speech permissible in the country where it originates be regulated in a country where it is read?

Within this context, we will ask whether today’s laws can adapt to rapidly changing times, or if there needs to be a supernational regime to regulate the Internet and digital commerce.

Save the date and make sure to register! We are looking forward to welcoming you to Amsterdam!

Organising Committee

  • Organising Committee

    Sebastiaan MOOLENAAR UIA Director of Congresses, AKD Benelux Lawyers // Rotterdam, The Netherlands
    Oliver NICOD President of the UIA Banking & Financial Services Law Commission, Walder Wyss SA // Lausanne, Switzerland
    James D. ROSENER President of the UIA Corporate Law and Mergers & Acquisitions Commission, Pepper Hamilton LLP // New York, NY, USA
    Martin André DITTMER President of the UIA Competition Law Commission, Gorrissen Federspiel // Copenhagen, Denmark
    Marti ADROER President of the UIA Tax Law Commission, Cuatrecasas // Barcelona, Spain
    Aleksander STAWICKI Vice-President of the UIA Competition Law Commission, WKB Wierciński, Kwieciński, Baehr // Warsaw, Poland
    Astrid ABLASSER-NEUHUBER Vice-President of the UIA Competition Law Commission, bpv Hügel Rechtsanwälte // Vienna, Austria


  • AKD Benelux Lawyers



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Download the forum programme and the registration form


AKD Benelux Lawyers
Gustav Mahlerlaan 2970
1081 LA Amsterdam
T +31 88 253 50 00



On or before December 12: € 395* 
From December 13 : € 445*


On or before December 12: € 330*
From December 13 : € 380*


On or before December 12: € 445*
From December 13 : € 495*


On or before December 12: € 380*
From December 13 : € 430*

* The VAT (21%) can be applied to the amount stated above according to the European Directive 2006/112/CE of November 28, 2006. If you provide an EU VAT ID number, the VAT will not be charged. For more information, please contact the UIA.
** Please attach proof of age to the registration form to benefit from young lawyers fee

Fees include: Attendance at all working sessions, forum documentation, welcome cocktail on January 29, coffee breaks on January 30 & 31, lunch on January 30. The dinner on Thursday, January 30 is optional and at additional charge.


Every participant attending the Forum will receive a “Certificate of Participation” at the end of the event that may be to obtain “Credits” for “Continuing Legal Education” - “Continuing Professional Development” purposes, depending on national rules.  For more information, please contact the UIA.


The working language will be English without simultaneous translation.


A limited number of rooms have been pre-booked at a preferential rate. Reservations should be made directly through the hotel. Credit card details must be given in order to secure your reservation. Please note that the number of rooms is limited. We recommend that you proceed with your reservations as soon as possible.

Apollo Hotel Amsterdam (4*)
At 3.4 km from the Seminar Venue (around 10min. by car)
Apollolaan 2,
1077 BA Amsterdam, The Netherlands
T +31 20 673 5922

Single Deluxe Queen Room: EUR 155
Double Deluxe Queen Room: EUR 175

Breakfast and VAT included
NOT included: 7% city tax per pers. per night + € 3.00 per pers. / per night

Reservations should be made online by clicking on the following link working until January 22:



Hilton Amsterdam (5*)
At 3.1 km from the Seminar Venue (around 10min. by car)
Apollolaan 138,
1077 BG Amsterdam, The Netherlands
T +31 20 710 6000

Benefit from a 10% discount on the lowest rates available at the time of your reservation.

Reservations should be made online by clicking on the following link:




All cancellations will be subject to a 50% deduction and will have to be sent in writing, to be received by the Union Internationale des Avocats no later than December 30, 2019. No refund will be made for cancellations received after this date.

Anyone who requires a visa invitation letter in order to attend the Forum should register and pay their registration fees no later than December 30, 2019 to ensure there is enough time to obtain a visa.

All cancellations will be refunded in full, minus €50 + VAT to cover administrative costs, provided that the UIA has received the registration documents and total registration fees no later than December 30, 2019.

If you register after this date, only 50% of the amount paid minus €50 + VAT to cover administrative costs will be refunded for cancellations due to visa refusals.

All cancellations due to a visa refusal must be sent in writing and reach the UIA before the Forum. Cancellations must be accompanied by a proof of visa refusal
If your visa is issued after the Forum date or if you do not have proof of visa refusal, you will not be entitled to a refund.


All registrations received by the Union Internationale des Avocats (UIA) along with the full payment of fees corresponding to the events selected will be confirmed in writing.

The UIA reserves the right to cancel or postpone the Forum to a later date, change the Forum venue and/or programme, make any corrections or modifications in the information published in the Forum programme and cancel any invitation to participate in the Forum, at any time and at their entire discretion, without having to provide any reasons for the same.
Neither the UIA, nor any of its managers, employees, agents, members or representatives shall be held responsible for any loss or damage, of any nature, suffered (directly or indirectly) by a delegate, accompanying person or a third party following any cancellations, changes, postponements or modifications.
The UIA strongly advises participants to subscribe to modifiable and/or refundable services, as well as to take out a cancellation insurance.

Neither the UIA, nor any of its managers, employees, agents, members or representatives shall be held responsible for any loss or damage, of any nature whatever, suffered (directly or indirectly) by a delegate or accompanying person, except in case of death or personal injury due to gross negligence by the UIA.

The contractual relations between the UIA and each participant (delegate or accompanying person) in relation to the Forum are subject to French law and jurisdiction, to the exclusion of any other law. Paris is the city of jurisdiction.

It is the responsibility of participants to ensure compliance with police, customs and health formalities for their journey. Participants unable to take part in the Forum because of their inability to take a flight or any other means of transportation due to being unable to provide the documents required (passport, visa, vaccination certificate, etc.) cannot claim any reimbursement.

“Force majeure” means any events external to the parties, of both an unforeseeable and insurmountable nature that prevents either the client or the participants, or the agency or service providers involved in organising the Forum, from executing all or part of the obligations provided for in the present agreement. By express agreement, such will be the case in the event of a strike affecting the means of transport, hotel staff, air traffic controllers, an insurrection, a riot or any prohibition whatsoever decreed by governmental or public authorities.

It is expressly agreed that for the parties, a case of force majeure would suspend the execution of their reciprocal obligations. At the same time, each of the parties shall bear the burden of all the expenses incumbent upon them, resulting from the case of force majeure.

The organisers decline any responsibility in case of any health problems existing prior to the Forum that may lead to complications or be aggravated during the entire period of the stay: pregnancy, cardio-vascular problems, any allergies, special diets, any disorders under treatment and not yet consolidated on the day the Forum starts, psychic or mental or depressive illness, etc. (Non exhaustive list).


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• For the purpose of administering your registration for the event and your on-site access to the event;
• In order to pay for the selected services - your bank details will be deleted after receipt of your payment;
• In order to communicate information messages from UIA.
To the extent necessary for the execution of their respective tasks, our subcontractors in charge of our Forum organisation, our IT infrastructure, our management, the production and maintenance of our website and extranet, are likely to gain access to your data from time to time. Their servers are located in the European Union.
Data relating to your participation in the event shall be stored for a period of 10 years. We are obliged to archive billing data until the end of the period required for our tax and accounting obligations, i.e. for 7 full tax years. We shall store your contact information to keep you informed until you ask us to stop. You have the right to access your data and have it corrected if necessary.
You may object to any processing of your data undertaken by us for the purposes of our legitimate interests. If you wish for more information, or to lodge a complaint, please contact CNIL (French Data Protection Authority).

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