Advanced Diploma in Data Protection Law

Course available through blended / online distance learning.

Since Covid–19 restrictions came into force on March 12, this course was delivered 100% online through our accessible Virtual Learning Environment. Read about the recent changes here

King’s Inns will continue to offer this course online for 2020/2021 until it is safe to deliver in person as well on campus. Attending classes in person will be optional.

We know social interaction with fellow students, lecturers and visiting speakers is an integral part of the King’s Inns experience and once a safe opportunity presents, we will invite students back on campus.

Introduction 

Data protection has gained an increasingly high profile, both in Ireland and internationally, over recent years. With the imminent entry into force of the General Data Protection Regulation (“the GDPR”), which significantly reforms the regulatory regime, it is more important than ever for citizens, businesses and public institutions to become familiar with their rights and obligations under Irish and EU data protection law.   

PROGRAMME AIMS AND LEARNING OUTCOMES

This course aims to provide participants with a comprehensive and practical grounding in the changing framework for data protection law and practice, knowledge of which will be essential for almost all businesses and public and private entities in the State.  

WHO IS THE COURSE FOR?

The GDPR is of such wide application that it will affect anyone dealing with personal data. This course will be of interest to: barristers and solicitors working in the public and private sector; prospective data protection officers and members of DPO teams; those working in technology and data–driven sectors; employed and self–employed persons whose work brings them into contact with data protection issues on a regular basis in large, medium and small enterprises; employees of financial institutions; those working in central or local government, as well as the health and education sectors. The course will be particularly valuable to individuals with responsibility for data protection within their organisations, whether big or small, public or private sector.

LEAD LECTURER / COURSE DIRECTOR

The coordinator of the course is Dr. David Fennelly BL.

COURSE CONTENT AND DELIVERY

Delivery is in part–time mode through the medium of lectures presented by leading experts in the area. The course will take place over a period of 18 weeks on Tuesday mornings 8.30 – 10.00 am. The course concludes with an evening round–table discussion.

Course Start Date: Tuesday 6 October 2020 (provisional) 

Application Deadline: Friday 18 September 2020

This course will also be available via blended online learning, with classes recorded using e–learning software and made available to students for streaming via our Virtual Learning Environment. This means that, while all students are welcome to attend class in person, most of the sessions will be recorded so that students who are based outside Dublin or who are otherwise unable to attend can catch up on the material by streaming the video in their own time.

All class notes are available online before lectures take place. Online tutorials and IT support are available to help students navigate their way through our Library and legal resource databases.

Complimentary parking and refreshments are provided to participants attending in person.

Please note that the schedule below is provisional.

Week No.

Date

Topic

Speaker

1.

06.10.20 

Introduction to Data Protection Law

Dr. David Fennelly BL

2.

 

Data Processing Principles 

James Byrne BL

3.

 

Lawfulness of Data Processing 

Dr Catherine Donnelly BL

4.

 

Data Processors and Data Controllers: Roles and Responsibilities 

Gráinne Gilmore BL

5.

 

Data Subjects’ Rights

Paul Lavery, Partner, McCann Fitzgerald

6.

 

The Right to be Forgotten

 

7.

 

Dealing with Access Requests 

Damien Young, Partner Philip Lee

8.

 

Data Security  

Brian Honan, BH Consulting

9.

 

Data Protection Officer

Kate Colleary, Colleary & Co. 

10.

 

Data Protection: the EU Regulatory Framework

Anna Morgan, Head of Legal ODPC

11.

 

Data Protection Remedies 

Noel Travers SC

12.

 

Data Protection Enforcement

Emily Gibson BL

13.

 

Dealing with Data Breaches

Jevan Neilan, Senior Associate, Mason Hayes & Curran

14.

 

Data Protection Impact Assessment

Colin Rooney, Arthur Cox

15.

 

State Surveillance

Dr TJ McIntyre, UCD/Digital Rights Ireland

16.

 

International Data Transfers

Brian Murray SC

17.

 

Data Protection Law: Public Sector Issues 

Kate O’Donnell BL, Governance Specialist, Institute of Public Administration

18.

 

Data Protection and Law Enforcement

Kenneth Ruane, Head of Civil Legal, An Garda Síochána

19.

 

Current Issues in Data Protection Law 

AG Gerard Hogan 

ASSESSMENT 

To be awarded the Advanced Diploma, a participant will be required to successfully complete two written assignments.

COURSE FEE

Total cost of course: €2,350.

Fee structure can be viewed here

BL graduates who are subscribing members to King’s Inns receive a 10% discount on this course. Click here for more information.

HOW DO I APPLY?

We are now taking applications for this course. 

Apply here

There is no admission requirements for this course. Your place on the course will not be secured until payment is received in full. 

Payment can be made through the application portal using your credit / debit card.

If your employer is paying for your studies, you will require a PO number, the name and email address for the person responsible for payment in your organisation. The invoice will issue directly to the person whose details you enter. You will also be able to download a copy of the invoice through the application portal.

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WHAT DO PREVIOUS STUDENTS SAY?

Darren Martin

“As a public sector worker tasked with processing sensitive data during investigations, I found that this course gives an excellent knowledge and understanding of responsibilities we have in processing and collecting information under the new GDPR. The lectures are informative and the online resources are easy accessible and helpful. Whether you work in the pubic or private sector this course will improve your knowledge of GDPR and Data protection legislation” (Class of 2017–2018)

Darren Martin, Garda Siochana

David Murphy

“The legal landscape is changing in a major way and having a solid foundation of the principles of Data Protection Law really helps me in the day–to–day of a my job. I can offer insights at early stages as to how certain designs may be problematic legally and be able to offer viable solutions for such problems. The knowledge gained from this course has already been put to use and I am confident in being able to bridge the gap between the legal and technical requirements” (Class of 2017–2018)

David Murphy, Database Developer