Monday, November 05, 2012

Regulating Cloud Computing: Clear Skies Ahead? - Cork, 16 Nov. 2012

We're organising a conference here in UCC Faculty of Law on Friday 16 November:

Regulating Cloud Computing: Clear Skies Ahead?

Presented in association with UCC’s LLM in Intellectual Property and E Law

Friday 16 November, 2012, 2.00 p.m. to 5.15 p.m.

Room G10, Brookfield Health Sciences Complex, UCC, College Road, Cork

Cloud computing - internet-based delivery of IT services – is a growth industry and many Irish businesses are operating as either cloud providers or cloud clients.  This conference, presented in association with UCC’s LLM in Intellectual Property and E Law, will discuss regulation of  cloud computing, including questions such as the following:

  • What legal issues need to be considered by businesses in contracting for the provision or use of cloud computing services?
  • Can an appropriate regulatory balance be struck between cloud provider and cloud client interests?
  • What are the legal consequences of security breaches regarding data held in the cloud?
  • What are the implications of storage of data in Europe, the USA and other jurisdictions?
  • What is the relevance of the EU / US safe harbour arrangements for cloud computing?
  • What are the implications of the EU’s draft General Data Protection Regulation?
  • Are concerns about the USA’s Patriot Act and Mutual Legal Assistance Treaties in cloud computing justified?
  • How are intellectual property law issues dealt with in a cloud environment?


  • Professor Ian Walden, Centre for Commercial Law Studies, Queen Mary, University of London and member of the Cloud Legal Project.
  • Mr John O'Connor, Head of the Technology and Commercial Contracts Group at Matheson Ormsby Prentice, Solicitors.
  • Ms Síofra Flood, COO and General Counsel at Swrve, leading provider of in-application testing and analytics, California and Dublin.   

Supported by the UCC Dean of Law’s Strategic Fund

Conference Convenors:
Dr Darius Whelan, Professor Maeve McDonagh and Dr Louise Crowley

Advance Registration is essential.
Conference Registration: €40, to be paid by post in advance.
Students:  No Fee.

Continuing Professional Development: 3 hours General CPD

Conference Administrator:  Ms Noreen Delea, Faculty of Law, UCC.
Email    Phone +353-21-490 3220.

Please book by post and pay in advance.
Please use the Booking Form available here.

Students may book by email.

For information on UCC’s LLM on Intellectual Property and E law, see

Update - December 2012: 
Slides and videos from this conference are available at