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IT Law Series: Contracting in the Digital Age

A series of seminars focused on technology, media and telecommunications law, organized by IPOS International in conjunction with the Technology Law Cluster of the Singapore Legal Service

Stay current on the latest IT law developments with our series of seminars focused on technology, media, and telecommunications law, organised by IPOS International in conjunction with a community of public sector lawyers from Singapore.

Participants can look forward to the sharing of insights and perspectives from a variety of leading practitioners and academics, on areas that include intellectual property, competition law, blockchain, artificial intelligence, cybersecurity, and data protection.

 

Contracting in the Digital Age

The age of automation throws many established norms in the field of contract law into doubt. This seminar will focus on current issues with electronic contracting, including consent and capacity, mistake, and other issues such as the use of AI to make decisions about the performance of contracts. The emphasis will be on key practical issues and problem solving for practitioners in all fields of practice, including tips on how best to mitigate legal and systemic risks arising from automated contracting.

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  • 3.0 SILE Public CPD Points
  • Practice Area: Telecommunications, Media & Technology
  • Training Level: Advanced

Learning Objectives

This seminar series aims to provide participants with an overview of some of the latest IT law issues and developments. Every session focuses on a different topic and will be conducted by a variety of leading practitioners and academics in the relevant field, who will deliver presentations and participate in a Q&A discussion with opportunities for participants to pose questions.

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Seminar 1:

Contracting in the Digital Age

(7 March 2024, Thursday, SGT 2.00 – 5.30pm)

 

Synopsis: The age of automation throws many established norms in the field of contract law into doubt. This seminar will focus on current issues with electronic contracting, including consent and capacity, mistake, and other issues such as the use of AI to make decisions about the performance of contracts. The emphasis will be on key practical issues and problem solving for practitioners in all fields of practice, including tips on how best to mitigate legal and systemic risks arising from automated contracting.

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Topic(s)

2.00 – 3.00pm

Francis Zhang (Deputy Director, Personal Data Protection Commission)

Contracting in the Digital Age: An Overview

3.00 – 3.45pm

Charmian Aw (Partner, Squire Patton Boggs Singapore)

Practice Issues to Consider When Contracting Electronically

3.45 – 4.15pm

Tea Break

4.15 – 5.00pm

Dr Jason Grant Allen (Associate Professor of Law; Director, Centre for AI & Data Governance, Singapore Management University, Yong Pung How School of Law)

Artificial Intelligence and Automated Contracting

5.00 – 5.30pm

Panel Discussion – all speakers, moderated by Mr Paul McClelland (Head of Legal, IPOS International)

*Subject to change in the event of unforeseen circumstances.

30 May
2024
(Registrations starts at 1.30pm)
02:00 pm - 05:30 pm
CSuites Paya Lebar Quarter 3
Personal Data Protection Commission (PDPC)
Francis Zhang
Deputy Director (Policy)

Francis is Deputy Director (Policy) at the Personal Data Protection Commission (PDPC) and is also a member of the Singapore Legal Service. He is experienced in data protection laws and regulations for both public and private sectors. In 2019, he represented the Attorney-General’s Chambers to support the Public Sector Data Security Review Committee, which was convened to comprehensively review data security practices across the public sector, including measures and processes related to the collection and protection of citizens’ personal data. He has also advised the Ministry of Education on a wide range of data protection issues pertaining to both government and non-government schools. At the PDPC, Francis leads the Policy team, which develops and refines data protection policies and cross-border data flow strategies to support data sharing across the economy and across borders.

Squire Patton Boggs Singapore
Charmian Aw
Partner

Charmian has acted in dozens of strategic, high-value technology transactions, including the development and deployment of AI solutions, commercialization of data and digital assets, transitioning to electronic platforms, cloud migration and the procurement and integration of IT systems.

Having obtained certifications in information privacy for Asia, Europe and the US (FIP, CIPP/A, CIPP/EU, CIPP/US, CIPM), Charmian has counselled hundreds of corporations on multijurisdictional data law compliance and spearheaded projects (covering up to 82 territories) on regulatory compliance, data governance and cross-border transfers.

She provides group-wide cybersecurity readiness support, including incident response planning and training and has successfully resisted sanctions for dozens of companies in semi-contentious data investigations, information disclosure requests, and time-sensitive breach reporting, covering multiple countries across APAC and beyond.

While her practice is largely sector-neutral, she has supported industry players in digital health, retail, social media, e-commerce, fintech, hospitality and aviation (to name a few) on cutting-edge projects, typically on a region-wide or

global basis, including product reviews for the launch of online payment platforms, direct-to-consumer advertising campaigns, and the roll out of e-commerce websites and applications.

Charmian’s experience extends to a broader sweep of commercial work, where she has acted as sole or lead counsel covering all of Asia Pacific for two leading global media companies, advising on their digital marketing efforts, mobile

content distribution contracts, gaming, employment, corporate governance and franchising, as well as regulatory matters where she has advised on licensing, consumer and competition issues spanning the healthcare, telecoms and media sectors, among others.

Charmian is ranked in leading legal directories including Chambers, Who’s Who Legal, Global Data Review, and Best Lawyers.

Singapore Management University, Yong Pung How School of Law
Dr Jason Grant Allen
Associate Professor of Law; Director, Centre for AI & Data Governance

Dr Jason Grant Allen is Associate Professor of Law at SMU Yong Pung How School of Law and Director of the SMU Centre for AI & Data Governance. Jason read law in Australia, Germany, and the United Kingdom, the latter as a Poynton Scholar at the University of Cambridge. Jason’s work on various aspects of law and digital technology has been published in leading journals, and he has written and edited several books including Smart Legal Contracts: Computable Law in Theory and Practice (with Peter Hunn) with the Oxford University Press. Jason has provided thought leadership to national and international organisations and he is a working group member of the UNIDROIT project on the private law applicable to digital assets.

IPOS International
Mr Paul Mcclelland
Head of Legal

Mr Paul McClelland specialises in intellectual property law and commercial dispute resolution. Before joining IPOS International Pte Ltd, Paul was sole corporate counsel for a well-known Singaporean brand, where he was responsible for a broad range of commercial matters, including worldwide trademark registrations and oppositions, management of external counsel, contract review, and training.

He has experience working in private practice for both Singapore and Scottish law firms. His practice focused on intellectual property and commercial arbitration.

He also taught commercial law, intellectual property and real estate law at a Scottish university.

Course Fee
  • S$272.50 per pax
  • Price is inclusive of GST
SILE Accreditation
  • This programme is accredited by the Singapore Institute of Legal Education (SILE).
SILE Attendance Policy
  • Participants who wish to obtain CPD Points are reminded that they must comply strictly with the Attendance Policy set out in the CPD Guidelines. For this activity, this includes signing in on arrival and signing out at the conclusion of the activity in the manner required by the organiser, and not being absent from the entire activity for more than 15 minutes. Participants who do not comply with the Attendance Policy will not be able to obtain CPD Points for attending the activity. Please refer to http://www.sileCPDcentre.sg for more information.

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