SVP of Digital Rights, Pex
Robert Barbiere is SVP of Digital Rights for Pex. In this role, he leads the company’s digital rights strategy, business, and client relations. An experienced digital media executive, he previously served as Chief Strategy Officer and SVP of Licensing for Dubset Media prior to joining Pex. Before that, Barbiere was COO of Broad Street Digital, where he established RightsRouter as music’s first fully integrated digital distribution and rights management platform.
VP of Innovation and Education, IMMF
Jake Beaumont-Nesbitt serves as the VP of Innovation and Education for The International Music Managers Forum (IMMF). The organization brings together artist and artist representative associations from 50 countries, for networking, sharing, and discussion of trading terms and opportunities for artists. Beaumont-Nesbitt focuses on industry structural concerns including metadata issues, usage data opportunities, and B2B innovation. He has a background in financial markets, and has managed chart topping Dutch artists and signed a UK band to a US indie label.
General Manager, Europe; Pex
Martin Hapl is responsible for Pex’s relationships with Article 17 stakeholders in Europe. Hapl has an extensive background in technology, specifically around digital transformation and big data. After joining Pex, he combined that knowledge with extensive research of Article 17 and its impact to all its stakeholders on both the European and national levels.
Assistant Professor of Law, The London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE)
Martin Husovec is an Assistant Professor of Law at The London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE). His scholarship focuses on innovation and digital liberties, in particular, regulation of intellectual property and freedom of expression. Between 2015-2020, he was Assistant Professor at Tilburg University, the Netherlands, appointed jointly by Tilburg Institute for Law, Technology, and Society (TILT) and Tilburg Law and Economics Center (TILEC). He held visiting appointments at Stanford Law School (2014), the Japanese Institute for Intellectual Property (2015), the Central European University (2018) the European University Institute (2018), and Cambridge University (2019). Husovec is/was a fellow at Stanford Law School’s Center for Internet & Society (CIS), CREATe, and TILEC.
He is a co-founder of a think-tank, European Information Society Institute, which acts as amicus curiae before the European Court of Human Rights, and operates a domain name dispute resolution system for skTLD. He was an advisor to the President of the Slovak Constitutional Court, national ministries in Europe and Asia, and various EU institutions in the areas of intellectual property, freedom of expression, and privacy.
General Counsel, GESAC
Burak Özgen is General Counsel at GESAC, which through its 32 members represents more than 1 million creators in EU/EEA in the process of European law and policy making. Before joining GESAC, Özgen was legal and policy counsel to EMI Music Publishing, and also advised several industry organizations from creative sector. He took part in international projects such as “Fair Music Business Model”, “CELAS Pan-European licensing”, “Music Rights in Southern Africa” with different roles and responsibilities and also worked at the European Commission’s Audio-visual and Media Policies Unit.
Özgen holds an LLM from Ghent University in Belgium, where he continued his further research on collective management, and was a visiting scholar at Columbia Law School’s Kernochan Center for Law, Media and the Arts. He is a member of ALAI Belgian group ABA/BVA.
Professor, UCLouvain, USaint-Louis-Brussels, Munich IP Law Center
Alain Strowel is professor at the University Saint-Louis, Brussels and at the UCLouvain where he teaches courses in intellectual property, IT and media law. He also gives courses in the advanced master in intellectual property and IT law at the Munich IP Law Center. In 2020-2021, he was a fellow at the Weizenbaum Institute for the Networked Society (Berlin). Strowel has been an advocate at the Brussels bar since 1988, now with the firm Pierstone, specialized in digital law. Since the 1990s, he has been an arbiter for the WIPO and “.be” domain names dispute resolution systems. Today, his research focuses on data governance, Artificial Intelligence and the regulation of online platforms.
Strowel has been appointed as a trustee of the European Law Academy (ERA, Trier, 2012-2019) and was elected to the Academia Europaea in 2012. Since 2019, he chairs the Intellectual Property working group of All European Academies (ALLEA) to which he contributed since 2012.
He has been preparing several studies for WIPO and the European Commission (together with Technopolis, he is preparing a study for DG Connect (Copyright Unit) on the copyright policy options that might be considered further to the increasing use of AI tools in the creative sectors).
Prof. Dr. Silke von Lewinski
Prof. von Lewinski frequently has been a legal expert consulting the European Commission, eg on the Rental Rights Directive (drafting of EC proposal and steering it through legislative process), and regarding the WIPO Diplomatic Conference 1996 (preparation; member of the EC delegation). At the WIPO Diplomatic Conferences 2000 and 2012 (Audiovisual Performances; outcome: Beijing Treaty) and 2013 (Access for Visually Impaired Persons; outcome: Marrakesh Treaty), she was a delegate (2012 and 2013: Deputy Head of Delegation) for Germany. She has been the chief legal expert consulting the governments of Eastern and Central European and former Soviet countries on their copyright legislation in the framework of the initial EC’s TA programs from 1995 (PHARE, TACIS) and has been working under subsequent programs, including for UNDP, UN/ECE, the Croatian government, Goethe-Institute, in Africa, Asia and Europe. Legal opinions i.a. for German government and European Commission.
Frequent visiting professorships worldwide (eg, Paris XI and Panthéon-Sorbonne; Toulouse 1; Univ. Laval, Québec; Univ. Melbourne; China University of Political Science and Law, Beijing). First Walter Minton Visiting Scholar at Columbia University School of Law, New York (1998) and repeated invitations; the First Distinguished Visitor to the IP Research Institute of Australia (IPRIA, 2002); and The Hosier Distinguished Visiting IP Scholar, DePaul University, Chicago, 2005; International IP expert in the “111-Projekt”, Zhongnan University of Economics and Law, Wuhan (2018-23).