IBA Annual Conference Sydney 2017

8 Oct - 13 Oct 2017

Room C4.11, Convention Centre, Level 4

Session information

Impact of technology
Room C4.11, Convention Centre, Level 4


Employment and Industrial Relations Law Committee (Lead)


The impact of technology on employment creates vast opportunities and equally raises concerns. What are the limits for employee monitoring? Can (legal) workforce in multinational enterprises (MNE) or law firms be substituted by modern technologies? How does technology impact the structure of employment, the workplace and work requirements in the future? Workplaces will be changed. Technology will connect the working processes without any delay (including home offices and mobile work). Thus, a globalised team can benefit from such opportunities - but how does this affect working hours? Artificial intelligence will sample and evaluate the knowledge of an indefinite number of people all over the world. It will substitute experts. What are the opportunities and risks that come with it and how can companies safeguard their assets? The panel of experts will discuss the following points in this session: • employee monitoring limits (video / call-center / GPS); • technology as substitute for a (legal) workforce; • working hours in a globalised team; • benefits of new technology on the workplace; • home office as part of a globalised workforce; • new strategies for qualification and HR development; • opportunities and risks by artificial intelligence; and • safeguarding company's assets

Session / Workshop Chair(s)

Professor Björn Gaul CMS Germany, Cologne, Germany; Membership Officer, Employment and Industrial Relations Law Committee
Vikram Shroff AZB & Partners, Mumbai, Maharashtra, India; Communications Officer, Employment and Industrial Relations Law Committee


Frances Anderson Victorian Government Solicitor's Office, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Carolyn Knox Ogletree Deakins, San Francisco, California, USA
Szymon Kubiak Wardynski & Partners, Warsaw, Poland; IBA Council MemberNational Bar of Attorneys-at-Law in Poland
Marroun Nader Accenture, Pyrmont, New South Wales, Australia
Jason Noakes Norton Rose Fulbright, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Els de Wind Van Doorne NV, Amsterdam, Netherlands; Vice Chair for Institutions, Global Employment Institute (GEI)