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  • The Lexverse agenda 8 June 2022
  • Auditorium 1
09:00 AM - 09:25 AMWelcome to Cape Town and the Lexverse conference By Sicelo KulaAssociate at Michalsons
  • Thank you
  • About Michalsons Lexing
  • The agenda for the conference
  • What Interests the Audience – an open discussion
  • A few polls to get to know you better

MC live in person

Sicelo Kula, Michalsons Lexing, South Africa

Abouts us - The Lexverse Conference
09:25 AM - 09:30 AMThe Metaverse – a tour By Jade MorrisCandidate Attorney, Michalsons

To Enliven our brains

09:30 AM - 09:50 AMHello from the verse By Alain Bensoussan, Frédéric Forster, Alain Bensoussan Avocats, Lexing Network
  • Welcome and Introduction
  • About Lexing Network
  • Year in review – Highlights of the Lexing Network activities.

Duration: 20 mins

Speakers live on the verse from Paris. (French to English translation available.) 
Alain Bensoussan
, Lexing Alain Bensoussan Avocats
Frédéric Forster, Lexing Network

09:50 AM - 10:50 AMRegulating AI: Global and European approaches By Alain Bensoussan, Alexandre Cruquenaire, Raffaele Zallone Lexing Alain Bensoussan Avocats, Lexing Belgium, Lexing Italy

Countries around the world are introducing legislation to regulate AI. Europe is close to passing the Artificial Intelligence Act and many countries will enact something similar. Hear from Alain, who is the global thought leader on this topic.


  1. Know some of the latest developments by hearing from the thought leaders. 
  2. Plan your use of AI by considering the regulatory environment. 
  3. Develop a regulatory framework in your country by seeing what other countries are doing.

Keynote address: French to English translation available. Duration: 60 mins

Speakers live on the verse:  
Alain Bensoussan, Lexing Alain Bensoussan Avocats
Alexandre Cruquenaire Lexing Belgium
Raffaele Zallone, Lexing Italy


10:50 AM - 11:30 AMMetaverse: what regulation? By Janice Mulligan, Marc Gallardo, Daniel PreiskelLexing USA, Lexing Spain, Lexing UK

Technology companies are betting on the metaverse and many are saying it will have as big an impact as what the Internet had on the world. But how do we regulate it? Do we need new laws or will existing laws also apply in the metaverse?


  1. Find out more about what the metaverse could be by seeing into the future.
  2. Know whether the UK Online Security Bill will apply by understanding the scope.
  3. Plan your metaverse strategy by knowing the possible regulatory framework.

TED Style talk | Duration: 40 minutes

Speakers live on the verse: 
Janice Mulligan, Lexing USA
Marc Gallardo, Lexing Spain,
Daniel Preiskel, Lexing UK,

11:30 AM - 11:45 AMMetaverse and competitive entertainment By Nikolas A. PapadopulosLexing Greece

Sports Betting, Fantasy Sports, Esports, Virtual Casino.  

Presentation | Duration: 15 minutes

Nikolas A. Papadopulos, Lexing Greece

11:45 AM - 12:25 PMLiving in virtual reality, avatars and digital twins By John Giles,Michalsons Lexing South Africa

Virtual reality is already a thing and raises many interesting legal issues. It will also be a key component to powering the metaverse. How do we regulate it? A digital twin is a virtual representation that serves as the real-time digital counterpart of a physical object, process or person.   


  1. Consider whether a person will be accountable for what their avatar does by understanding the governance framework.
  2. Contemplate how virtual IP, privacy and crime will work by hearing from an expert.
  3. Know who owns the data generated by the physical object by looking at data law.

TED Style talk | Duration: 40 minutes

Speakers live on the verse: 
John Giles, Michalsons Lexing South Africa

12:25 PM - 12:30 PMThank you By Jérémy BensoussanLexing Alain Bensoussan Avocats
12:30 PM - 01:30 PMLunch
01:30 PM - 02:00 PMRegulating AI in the Middle East and Africa (MEA) By Nathan-Ross AdamsMichalsons Lexing, South Africa

The future of AI is in the Middle East and Africa.

Many countries in the region have heeded this call by advancing their national development plans to provide for a future in which AI plays a significant role.

Yet, we know that AI can harm people and organisations. So, it must be regulated.

But the world’s grappling with how to regulate AI. The reason is that it’s an advanced and dynamic technology. There’s also the difficult task of balancing human rights against technological advancement. Plus, regulators need to navigate the power asymmetries between consumers and technology companies.

While the EU is close to passing the Artificial Intelligence Act, surely the MEA region could also lead AI regulation. Or, it could follow what’s happening in the EU.

The essence is that businesses should respond proactively to AI regulations by developing a robust AI governance programme that informs the AI lifecycle.


  1. Discovery of the latest developments by hearing from thought leaders.
  2. Create AI your stakeholders can trust by considering the regulatory environment.
  3. Develop an AI goverance programme for your organisation by seeing the latest industry trends.
02:00 PM - 02:30 PMLawful automated decision-making using big data and profiling By David LuytMichalsons Lexing South Africa

Decision-making has always been an important part of commercial life. Organisations have to make decisions about their customers and employees on a daily basis. In the past, most of these decisions have been made manually by human beings. It is arguable whether human beings make good or bad decisions but in recent times we have seen that more and more decision-making is being automated – in various forms. This means that decisions are no longer made by human beings but the actual decision-making process is automated.

Big data needs artificial intelligence in order to make sense of it. Many organisations are feeding big data to artificial intelligence (AI) to create profiles and then through machine learning the AI is making autonomous decisions (a type of automated decision) about data subjects that have serious consequences for them. The machines are deciding what insurance people get, if and how much credit they get, what to watch, what to buy, what gets marketed to them, what political messages they receive. This has obvious potential to cause harm.

How do we know that the machine, robot or AI is not discriminating or being biased? What happens if it makes a mistake? Understandably people are concerned that machines should not be making decisions about humans without the necessary protection being in place. Machines and artificial intelligence will struggle to distinguish between right and wrong.

This is why the law has introduced regulations relating to automated decision-making. There are data protection laws that regulate how AI makes automated decisions and it is important that you (as a controller) ensure your decision-making is lawful.


  1. Know the regulatory framework regards automated decision-making by getting a practical overview.
  2. Ensure your automated decision-making is lawful by knowing what suitable measures to put in place.
  3. Know when it is lawful in terms of data protection law to use artificial intelligence to make decisions by looking at examples.
02:30 PM - 03:00 PMVideo game law for noobs By Bronwen Seager, Jesse-Lee Wrensch, Kevin Hoole, and Jason Stolzenberg Michalsons

These days, everything’s a game.

One of the core uses of technology is to streamline the ever-more-complicated human world. Things that used to require separate trips, separate buildings – even separate parts of the city – can now be done in one place, on one device. You can bank, shop, communicate and play games on your phone, and these once-distant spheres of your life have been bundled together, merged and overlapping.

And so have the laws regulating them.

The result of this is that areas of law that were once far and distinct from each other have steadily crept closer together, causing businesses to have to pay attention to areas they had likely not considered before. Businesses that never set out to get involved in digital entertainment are now finding themselves heavily invested in these relationships as they follow their customers into social media, video games, streaming, and more.

You may not be focusing on digital entertainment law, but digital entertainment law is certainly focusing on you.


  1. Understand how changes in the law affect the content you produce on the internet by listening to experts.
  2. Prepare your business for broader and more involved social media regulation by understanding the definitions and regulatory patterns.
  3. Consider how to leverage the human need for play to promote your business by looking at examples.
03:00 PM - 03:25 PMTea
03:25 PM - 03:30 PMActivity!

Let’s get moving, talking, and laughing.

03:30 PM - 04:00 PMMarketing and the metaverse By Mike AbelFounder & Chief Executive of M&C Saatchi Abel

Why the metaverse is the biggest opportunity at hand in almost three decades (but then again, perhaps it isn’t). The myriad of opportunities for new branding, sponsorship and marketing, as well as content creation. And for creating new routes to marketing and distribution solutions. As an investor, I understand the underlying utility and application of these platforms which will result in disproportionate growth and returns. “Beam me up, Scotty.”   

Keynote | Duration: 30 minutes

Speaker live from Cape Town
 Mike Abel, Founder & Chief Executive of M&C Saatchi Abel,

04:00 PM - 04:30 PMEnabling big data science and analytics By David LuytMichalsons Lexing, South Africa

The processing or analysis of big data or big data analytics can have huge benefits for consumers (including previously underserved communities) and society. It can also bring great rewards to controllers (or organisations that are data-driven). However, when using big data you must mitigate and manage the related risks. If the big data contains personal data, you must comply with data protection law. You must comply with any applicable sector laws and you should consider implementing the good practices many authorities recommend.

Data protection does not mean the end of big data but you must be careful because otherwise, you’ll get into big trouble.


  1. Know the regulatory framework regards big data by getting a practical overview.
  2. Ensure your use of big data is lawful by knowing what the law requires.
  3. Follow best practice by deciding which recommended good practices you are going to implement

Panel discussion | Duration: 30 minutes

Panel Moderator: David Luyt, Michalsons
Ryan Manyika, Senior Partner Engineer | CIPP/E | CIPM, OneTrust 
Mark Heyink, Michalsons Lexing
Bongani Matshika, Data Privacy Specialist, Standard Bank

04:30 PM - 05:00 PMWhat next? By Sarah Buerger, Lisa Emma-Iwuoha and John Giles, Michalsons Lexing

A discussion about the key insights and take-home points from the conference. Discussion, questions, ideas and solutions from the audience. What next for the Lexverse and the topics we have explored? Feedback from the audience. 


  1. Learn key insights by crystallising them in your mind.
  2. Know what the take-home points are by summarising them. 
  3. Decide what your next steps are by looking at the options. 

Q&A | Duration 30 Minutes

Speakers live in person from Cape Town:
Sarah Buerger, Lisa Emma-Iwuoha, John Giles, Michalsons Lexing