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Carolyn Thurston Smith, Policy Adviser, The Law Society of England and Wales


The workshop will focus on the impact of digital technologies, including artificial intelligence, on provision of professional services across borders and the challenges those service providers will face in the coming years. In this context, it will examine the legal and regulatory framework that governs data flows internationally, assess its relevance and effectiveness in the current fast-changing environment and analyse how international trade agreements could help in fixing appropriate disciplines. The session will also consider broader issues of principle such as the balance between the need to integrate trade and the data protection laws and right to privacy.


  • Iain Sandford, Partner, Sidley Austin
  • David Gruner, Senior Manager, Global Public Policy and Customs and Global Trade, Deloitte Touche, Tohmatsu Limited
  • Hamid Mamdouh, Director, Trade in Services and Investment Division, WTO
  • Pascal Kerneis, Managing Director, European Services Forum