Unlocking the Future of Legal Defence in Cyberspace

We are delighted to invite you to participate in an event dedicated to the critical topic of cyber law in combating cybercrime 

Welcome by Mr. Pieter Timmermans, CEO VBO FEB. 

Keynote: Rule of Law in the Digital Age: Anticipating and deterring the cyber threats of tomorrow 

Our keynote speaker, Mr. David Hickton, will share his insights gained from his extensive experience as a prosecutor and legal scholar. Mr. Hickton is a founding director of the University of Pittsburgh Institute for Cyber Law, Policy, and Security and has led groundbreaking cybercrime cases, including a first-of-its-kind indictment against members of the Chinese military for economic espionage. 

In his keynote, Mr. Hickton will delve deeper into the intricate landscape of cybersecurity within the framework of legal governance, examining critical facets and strategies to safeguard against emerging threats. His exploration begins with a nuanced understanding of the multifaceted nature of cyber threats, particularly from China and Russia. He will confront the real-world consequences of these threats, particularly in the realm of election security, national security, innovation, and the protection of intellectual property, as well as their profound impact on economic vitality. He will evaluate the responses and deterrence strategies employed by the US and Western legal frameworks and scrutinize the effectiveness of past agreements such as the Obama-Xi agreement, the sanctions enacted during the Trump era, and the policies shaping the Biden administration’s approach. As we peer into the future, Mr. Hickton will explore how we can refine our legal tools to combat emerging cyber threats. This includes harnessing the full spectrum of available resources, advocating for cyber norms, and contemplating the implications of advanced technologies like AI and quantum computing on cybersecurity.  

Roundtable: Cyber Law Unbound: Exploring legal frontiers in the battle against cybercrime 

Join our esteemed panel of experts from law enforcement, litigation, forensics, and data protection & privacy. During this roundtable we will delve into the complex and evolving legal landscape of cybercrime, examining the challenges and opportunities of prosecuting and penalizing cybercriminals in a borderless world.  

Moderators: Mrs. Sofie Royer, Research expert at CITIP-KU Leuven and guest professor at UAntwerpen and ULiège and Mr. Renaud Vercaemst, Criminal lawyer at Livorno law firm. 

Panellists: Mr. David Hickton, Founding Director of the University of Pittsburgh Institute for Cyber Law, Policy, and Security, Mrs. Catherine Van de Heyning,  Public Prosecutor, Professor Fundamental European Rights & Expert Advisory Committee UN Human Rights Council, Mrs. Laura Drechsler, Assistant Professor at Centre for IT and IP Law (CITIP) @KU Leuven | Researcher at Federal Archive Belgium | Lecturer Open Universiteit and Mr. Thomas Declerck, Litigation Partner at Allen & Overy Belgium LLP, Mrs. Caroline Frère, Head of Department a.i., Federal Computer Crime Unit, Federal Police Belgium.

In today’s digital era, combating cybercrime demands forward-thinking legal frameworks. The panel will navigate the uncharted territories of cyber law, explaining its definition and scope, and how it adapts to modern challenges The panel will also provide insights into international perspectives, grappling with the complexities of harmonizing legal efforts across borders and discuss effective enforcement strategies globally. The panel will uncover the legal implications of emerging technologies like AI and blockchain, and how laws can adapt to mitigate new threats and delve into the delicate balance between cyber law, privacy, and data protection regulations. This panel discussion is a must attend for those who want to discover legal strategies, from legislation to public-private partnerships, crucial in combating cybercrime. 


Target audience?

This event is a must-attend for anyone interested in cybersecurity, law, and policy. Join us as we explore the frontiers of cyber law and discuss how we can effectively combat cybercrime in the 21st century. 

Space is limited, so please secure your seat now! Click here to register. 


Tuesday, 19 March 2024 from 9:30 AM to 1:30 PM (including sandwich lunch).


VBO FEB, Rue Ravensteinstraat 4 in 1000 Brussels

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