Bart Van Vooren

Bart Van Vooren

Bart Van Vooren has a broad European law practice advising innovative multinationals and start-ups on pharmaceuticals, food, and cosmetics.

He leads the practice on compliance with the Nagoya Protocol to the Convention on Biological Diversity (a set of rules to combat bio-piracy). In this area, Mr. Van Vooren has unique experience working for pharmaceutical, cosmetics, food, and biotech companies across four continents.

He has extensive experience in EU litigation, having handled more than 30 cases before the EU Court of Justice for trade associations, companies, and the Belgian government.

Finally, Mr. Van Vooren advises companies on complex issues of EU and public international law that are not typically familiar to practicing attorneys. Hence his significant role in clients’ Brexit preparedness work.

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EU’s Highest Court Strikes Down Privacy Shield But Upholds Other Key International Data Transfer Mechanism

Today, the Court of Justice of the European Union issued a landmark decision striking down the EU-U.S. Privacy Shield—an agreement between EU and U.S. authorities authorizing transfers of EU personal data to the United States—but upholding the validity of standard contractual clauses (“SCCs”), another mechanism that EU-based organizations use to transfer data internationally. Covington represents … Continue Reading

AG Publishes Opinion on the Validity of the EU Standard Contractual Clauses

On December 19, 2019, Advocate General (“AG”) Henrik Saugmandsgaard Øe handed down his Opinion in Case C-311/18, Data Protection Commissioner v Facebook Ireland and Maximillian Schrems (“Schrems II”). The AG’s Opinion provides non-binding guidance to the Court of Justice of the EU (“CJEU”) on how to decide the case. In brief, the AG recommended that … Continue Reading

UPDATE: AG Opinion in Schrems II Delayed

The Advocate General’s (“AG”) Opinion in Case C-311/18, Data Protection Commissioner v Facebook Ireland and Maximillian Schrems (“Schrems II”), has been delayed until the 19th December 2019.  (The original publication date was set for the week before, on the 12th December.) The primary question before the European Court of Justice (“ECJ”), and the AG, in Schrems … Continue Reading