Laurent De Muyter

Pascal Dutru

Communications Law Committee

The Communications Law Committee is a leading global forum for legal practitioners with specialist expertise or interest in the communications sector.

About the Committee

The Communications Law Committee is a leading global forum for legal practitioners with specialist expertise or interest in the communications sector.

The Committee offers members access to a worldwide network of leading practitioners, in-house counsel and regulators active in digital, communications and media markets.

We encourage the sharing of sectoral expertise through regular publication of articles, periodic issues of our technical journal, the annual committee conference hosted jointly with IBA Antitrust Section, and specialised sessions at the IBA Annual Conference.

The scope of the Committee’s work covers network, service and content-related developments across all delivery platforms. This provides members with access to practical global perspectives on the array of technological, commercial and policy issues which confront communications lawyers, their companies and clients.

Forthcoming conferences and webinars View All Conferences

Committee Activities

The Committee organises many activities throughout the year, providing members with invaluable opportunities to keep abreast of the latest developments in communications and digital law, share practical insights, and network with in-house and private practice lawyers as well as with regulators.


The regulation of foundation models in the EU AI Act

Among the various aspects of the EU artificial intelligence (AI) regulation (“the ‘AI Act’), that of the foundation models was one of the most controversial and contentious of the entire interinstitutional negotiation, capable right up until the end of derailing the agreement in the trilogue and spreading uncertainty even up to the date of the definitive approval by part of the Committee of the Permanent Representatives of the Governments of the Member States to the European Union (Coreper) on 2 February 2024.

Released on Apr 12, 2024

‘How to master Europe’s digital infrastructure needs?’: A brief overview of the European Commission White Paper

On 21 February, the European Commission published a White Paper on ‘How to master Europe’s digital infrastructure needs?’ in view of the technological, economic and geopolitical challenges facing the EU in the digital decade. This White Paper identifies key trends and challenges in the digital infrastructure sector and discusses possible scenarios for public policy actions, such as a possible future Digital Networks Act, which aims to incentivise the building of the digital networks of the future, master the transition to new technologies and business models, meet the future connectivity needs of all end-users, underpin the competitiveness of our economy, and ensure secure and resilient infrastructures as well as the EU’s economic security. The White Paper proposes three main pillars of action: creating the 3C Network – ‘Connected Collaborative Computing’; completing the Digital Single Market; and ensuring secure and resilient digital infrastructures for Europe. It launches a broad consultation of stakeholders and invites comments until 30 June 2024. This article provides a summary of the White Paper.

Released on Apr 12, 2024

Pakistan's IT and ITeS export strategy: a gateway to economic prosperity and global recognition

Pakistan's recent launch of its first-ever information technology (IT) and IT-enabled services (ITeS) Export Strategy, which aims to raise IT exports to $10 billion over the next three years, represents a pivotal moment in the country's economic and technological progress.

Released on Apr 12, 2024

Tackling interconnect debts in the Nigerian telecommunications industry

A troubling feature of interconnection relationships in Nigeria is the huge interconnect debt profile of many operators. It appears that some operators have taken undue advantage of the fact that their creditors cannot unilaterally disconnect without the approval of the telecoms industry regulator.

Released on Apr 12, 2024

Covid-19 pandemic: Communications Law Committee survey responses

April 2021: The IBA Communications Law Committee has published the initial results from its global survey exploring tracking mobile applications and data protection in the context of the Covid-19 pandemic. The results and associated commentary can be downloaded below.

Even as the much needed rollout of vaccines progresses, and we enter a world of 'vaccine passports', contact tracing will remain a critical aspect of government efforts to contain the pandemic. Therefore the IBA Communications Law Committee will continue to update the survey results and commentary over time. Members are encouraged to continue participating by reporting on the Covid-19 tracing apps and data protection issues relevant to your country.

Download the results


Brendan Carr, Commissioner of the Federal Communications Commission - keynote address

Brendan Carr, Commissioner of the Federal Communications Commission, addresses delegates of the 30th Annual IBA Communications and Competition Conference, April 2019, Milan

Subcommittees and other groups

The Communications Law Committee also coordinates the activities of the following subcommittees/working groups.

  • Communications Law Committee Advisory Board

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If you are a member of the Communications Law Committee, for additional networking opportunities, programs, interviews with fellow members and tips all exclusive to members, join our LinkedIn page at: https://www.linkedin.com/groups/9512124/.