[In Person] Generative AI: Impact on Law and Society

Date/Time: 3 July 2023, 3.30pm - 6pm SGT

Venue: SAL, Stamford 1 & 2, The Adelphi #08 -08, 1 Coleman Street (S179803)


This new series of events will bring together Senior Accredited Specialists and Accredited Specialists in Data and Digital Economy Law to engage in high-level discussions on the latest hot-button issues in the constantly evolving area of law and technology.


Session 1: Generative AI: Impact on Law and Society

Session 2: Cybersecurity and data protection (tentative)

Session 3: Data monetisation (tentative)


The purpose is to engage the audience in the discussion of these issues and for them to consider how these will affect their organisation and the industry at large. The audience are invited to actively participate by posing questions and engaging with the panel in discourse.

Seats are limited to create an informal and personal setting to encourage participation.


Member Rate

  • $50.00 (before GST) until 19 June 2023
  • $70.00 (before GST) from 20 June 2023 onwards

Non-member Rate

  • $70.00 (before GST) until 19 June 2023
  • $90.00 (before GST) from 20 June 2023 onwards

Associate Student’s Rate

  • $30.00 (before GST)



CPD Points : 1.5

Data protection

Past Event

It is not an exaggeration to say that generative AI systems have taken the world by storm, and that their advent has supercharged global discourse on AI ethics, governance and regulation. Beyond regulating AI systems, governments, policymakers, regulators, practitioners and academics are also now confronting broader questions about the impact of AI on society at large, such as the impact of AI on jobs, inequality, societal trust and geopolitical rivalry.


Yet, how much about generative AI is truly game-changing, and how much is just heat and noise? Are our legal systems and regulatory frameworks still fit for purpose or are they in danger of being overrun? Is an incremental approach to regulating AI systems still appropriate, or is wholesale change needed?


This event, helmed by key legal stakeholders and Accredited Specialists and Senior Accredited Specialists in Data and Digital Economy Law, aims to take a serious deep-dive into questions posed by the rise of generative AI. It seeks to elicit thoughtful questions — and while definitive answers are not expected, the discussion hopes to cut through some of the noise, clarify thinking, and identify concrete and pragmatic approaches forward.


We expect the session to cover:

  • Legal issues posed by generative AI systems from practitioners’ perspectives;
  • Whether regulatory frameworks presently relevant to AI systems (e.g. laws on data protection, privacy, cybersecurity, content moderation, and online harms) remain relevant and fit-for-purpose, or is there a need for introduce new AI-specific regulations; and
  • What can Singapore do to address the impact of AI on larger societal questions, such as jobs and employment, education, manipulation and trust.





Presentation by Pavan Singh Wasan, Director of Engineering - AI Programme Office, IMDA


Panel Discussion


Tea Reception & Networking





Mr Josh Lee Kok Thong

Managing Director, Asia-Pacific, Future of Privacy Forum


Josh is deeply passionate in the issues at the intersection of law, policy and technology, and is a changemaker in the spheres of the law of tech, and the tech of law.

As a legal architect that hopes to re-shape relationships disrupted by technology, Josh is the Managing Director, Asia-Pacific of the Future of Privacy Forum. He leads a team furthering FPF’s mission of advancing data protection best practices and the trusted development and use of emerging technologies in the region.

Josh received his LL.M. from the University of California, Berkeley, School of Law in 2022, where he was named to the Dean’s List for academic achievement. Josh was also a Richard Buxbaum International Graduate Fellow and a White & Case Kathryn Aguirre Worth Scholar. Josh also served as the LL.M. Editor of the Berkeley Technology Law Journal and co-founded B-LIT, Berkeley’s first legal innovation student organisation.

Before postgraduate studies, Josh served for half a decade in the Singapore Government. More recently, he was the Legal Policy Manager for Artificial Intelligence (AI) Governance in Singapore’s Personal Data Protection Commission, where he managed Singapore’s overall AI governance policies. Before that, Josh was an Assistant Director for Legal Policy in the Ministry of Law, where he drove criminal and civil legislative reform, particularly in technology and online harms. He also practiced as an international arbitration lawyer in a large Singaporean law firm.

As a driver of the tech of law, Josh is the Director of the Asia-Pacific Legal Innovation and Technology Association, a pan-regional industry platform driving legal innovation and technology initiatives in the region. Josh also co-founded LawTech.Asia and etpl.asia, organizations that advance thought leadership on law and technology in Asia. In 2019, Josh was identified by Asia Law Portal as one of Asia’s Top 30 Persons to Watch in the business of law.

In addition, Josh is a member of Singapore’s Law Reform Subcommittee for Robotics and AI, where he authored a law reform report on “Criminal Liability, Robots and AI Systems”. Josh was also a chapter co-author of Law and Technology in Singapore, which was edited by Professor Simon Chesterman, Professor Goh Yihan, and Judge of Appeal Andrew Phang. Given his keen interest in new technologies like AI and its potential impacts on society and governance, Josh is also a voting member of the IEEE P2863 Working Group on Organisational Governance of AI Systems, and holds research roles in the National University of Singapore and the Singapore Management University.

Professor Simon Chesterman

David Marshall Professor and Vice Provost (Educational Innovation), NUS


Simon Chesterman is David Marshall Professor and Vice Provost (Educational Innovation) at the National University of Singapore, where he is also the founding Dean of NUS College. He serves as Senior Director of AI Governance at AI Singapore and Editor of the Asian Journal of International Law.
Previously, he was Dean of NUS Law from 2012 to 2022 and Co‐President of the Law Schools Global League from 2021 to 2023.
Educated in Melbourne, Beijing, Amsterdam, and Oxford, Professor Chesterman’steaching experience includes periods at the Universities of Melbourne, Oxford, Southampton, Columbia, and Sciences Po. From 2006‐2011, he was Global Professor and Director of the New York University School of Law Singapore Programme. Prior to joining NYU, he was a Senior Associate at the International Peace Academy and Director of UN Relations at the International Crisis Group in New York. He has also worked for the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs in Yugoslavia and interned at the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda.

Professor Chesterman is the author or editor of more than twenty books, including We, the Robots? Regulating Artificial Intelligence and the Limits of the Law (CUP, 2021); One Nation Under Surveillance (OUP, 2011); You, the People (OUP, 2004); and Just War or Just Peace? (OUP, 2001). He is a recognized authority on international law, whose work has opened up new areas of research on conceptions of public authority — including the rules and institutions of global governance, state‐building and post‐conflict reconstruction, the changing role of intelligence agencies, and the emerging role of artificial intelligence and big data. He also writes on legal education and higher education more generally, and is the author of five novels including the Raising Arcadia trilogy and Artifice.

Associate Professor Warren B Chik
Yong Pung How School of Law, Singapore Management University &
Deputy Director, Centre for Artificial Intelligence and Data Governance


Warren Chik is an Associate Professor with the Yong Pung How School of Law at Singapore Management University. He is also the Deputy Director of the Centre for Artificial Intelligence and Data Governance. Warren researches, writes and teaches primarily in the areas of infocomm technology law, Internet intermediaries law, privacy and data protection. He also leads the business law module for the University. 


He graduated from NUS Law School in 1996 and has Masters degrees from UCL (UK) and Tulane (US) with specialisations in comparative and international law. Warren practiced in criminal and international law with the AGC criminal and international divisions before joining Academia. 


He also passed the bar in Singapore, the UK and New York. Warren is the co-author of Information and Communications Technology Law in Singapore (Academy Publishing, 2020) which is the first textbook on the subject in Singapore and has published many articles in the area in reputable local and international journals including the Singapore Academy of Law Journal, Computer Law & Security Review and the International Journal of Law & Technology.

Mr Laurence Liew

Director, AI Innovation,

AI Singapore


Laurence Liew is the Director for AI Innovation at AI Singapore. He drives the 100E program to co-create Ai solutions with local enterprises and the AI Apprenticeship Programme, which helps Singaporeans develop real-world AI engineering skills to become AI Engineers. A serial technopreneur with extensive experience in HPC, Cloud and AI, he has built and operated several pioneering platforms and solutions in these domains and led teams that IBM and Microsoft acquired. He is also a Singapore representative at the Global Partnership in AI (GPAI) and the Innovation and Commercialisation Working Group Co-Chair. He graduated from NUS with a First Class Honours in Engineering and a Master in Knowledge Engineering.

Mr Kenneth Lim

Legal Counsel, IT/Technology and Cybersecurity, AIA Singapore Private Limited;

Acc. Spec. (Data & Digital Economy), SAL


Having spent time on the inside of law firms, a regulator, a digital start-up, a century-old MNC, and several Web3 DAOs, Kenneth is intimately familiar with what makes people and businesses tick… and the extent to which technological tools (and prevailing laws) influence such decisions.

A tech (in-house) counsel by day, he spends his nights pondering imponderable mysteries such as “why are century eggs named such?” and “why are there so few good cheeseburgers/hotdogs in SG?”


Mr David Low

Director (Legal), Smart Nation and Digital Government Office


David is Director (Legal) at Singapore’s Smart Nation and Digital Government Office (SNDGO), where he provides legal advice on issues relating to technology, media, and telecommunications law, and in particular on Singapore’s Smart Nation and digital government initiatives. He also serves as one of the Vice-Chairpersons of the Singapore Legal Service’s Technology Law Cluster, a community of public sector lawyers developing expertise in technology law in order to bridge law, technology, and policy, so as to help the Singapore Government address its fast-evolving technology needs and chart Singapore’s digital future. Prior to taking up his current appointment at SNDGO, David spent 16 years in the Attorney-General’s Chambers (AGC), serving various stints in AGC’s Criminal Justice, State Prosecution, International Affairs, and Civil Divisions, where his work spanned a wide range of domestic and international law issues, and included representing the Singapore Government in domestic and international litigation, as well as at bilateral and multilateral negotiations at various international fora.

Mr Rajesh Sreenivasan

Head, Technology, Media & Telecommunications Practice, Rajah & Tann Singapore LLP

Snr. Acc. Spec. (Data & Digital Economy), SAL


Rajesh Sreenivasan is a Partner and Head of the Technology, Media & Telecommunications Law Practice at Rajah & Tann Singapore LLP and the Coordinating Partner for the firms’ multidisciplinary and cross-practice Data and Digital Economy (DDE) Legal Services.  He is a Director and Co-founder of Rajah & Tann Technologies Pte Ltd and Rajah & Tann Cybersecurity Pte Ltd which are the Legaltech arms of Rajah & Tann Asia.  With over 20 years of practice, he has been universally recognised as the leading technology, media and telecoms lawyer in Singapore by all major professional ranking agencies and noted as one of the top TMT lawyers the Asia Pacific region. Rajesh has been at the forefront of legal, regulatory and policy matters relating to technology procurement, artificial intelligence, cybersecurity, data protection, analytics and governance, telecommunications, electronic commerce, cloud computing, distributed ledger technologies, digital forensics and digital media in the region. Rajesh also plays a significant role in leading legal sector transformation and innovation initiatives at a national level, culminating in his work on the exco of Lupl, the world’s first open platform for legal matter management and collaboration. Today, Lupl powers the Legal Technology Platform (LTP), one of the key initiatives in MinLaw’s Technology and Innovation Roadmap for the legal sector. He has also been regularly noted and awarded by publications such as the FT Asia Pacific Innovative Lawyers Award and the Legal 500 for his innovation and thought leadership in Legaltech and TMT matters.

Rajesh has been working together with R&T’s Financial Regulatory practice in addressing the burgeoning area of FinTech in legal and regulatory work spanning across DeFi to Virtual currency regulatory issues. Rajesh serves on the AI Tech committee of the Singapore Standards Council and on the Board of Experts of the SMU Centre for AI and Data Governance (CAIDG) and the NUS Centre for Technology, Robotics, Artificial Intelligence & the Law (TRAIL). On the corporate front, he sits on the Board of MediaCorp, Singapore’s national broadcaster. Internationally, he sits on the Advisory Board of the Centre for Legal Innovation, College of Law, Australia and the Advisory Board of the Future Privacy Forum (FPF), Washington, DC and is the Vice-Chairman of the Media Law Committee of the International Bar Association. On a pro-bono basis, he serves on the Board of Trustees of the Sree Narayana Mission and as a member of the School Management Committee of Montfort Schools.

Mr Bryan Tan

Partner, Reed Smith

Snr. Acc. Spec. (Data & Digital Economy), SAL


Bryan Tan is a partner at Reed Smith and a Senior Accredited Specialist in Data and Digital Economy Law.

Qualified in both England and Wales and Singapore, he practises in such areas as data protection, finance, technology, media and telecommunications and advises corporates as well as governments and is ranked top tier in several categories by Legal500, Chambers, Doyle’s, Best Lawyers and WWL for TMT, IT, venture capital, fintech and data protection work.

He has worked on several of the largest tech M&A projects in the region. He is a legal adviser to the ASEAN Single Window project and the United Nations Network of Experts for Paperless Trade and Transport in Asia and the Pacific. He is vice-chairman of the Advertising Standards Authority of Singapore and was also the co-chair of the TMT sub-committee of the Inter-Pacific Bar Association.

He is the editor/author of Halsbury’s Laws of Singapore: E-Commerce/Information Technology; Halsbury’s Laws of Malaysia: E-Commerce; Data Protection Law in Singapore, ASEAN and the Belt and Road Initiative - Connectivity through Law and Commerce and E-Discovery in Asia and has contributed extensively to the Singapore Data Protection Digest as well as the Venture Capital Industry Model Agreements.

Mr Steve Tan
Partner & Deputy Head, Technology, Media & Telecommunications practice,
Rajah & Tann Singapore LLP 

Snr. Acc. Spec. (Data & Digital Economy), SAL


Steve is a Partner and Deputy Head in Rajah & Tann Singapore’s TMT (Technology, Media and Telecommunications) practice group. Steve practices Data Protection, Cybersecurity, Information Technology, Intellectual Property, and Digital Media / Entertainment law. 


He has been recognized as a leading lawyer for TMT work in the Asia Pacific Legal 500; the AsiaLaw Profiles; the Practical Law Company Which Lawyer; and Chambers Asia Pacific. Steve is also cited as a leading lawyer for Technology law, Media law and/or Information Technology law in Best Lawyers, and in Who’s Who Legal: Data for Telecoms & Media, Data Security, and Data Privacy & Protection. In Legal 500 2019, Steve is cited as being “one of the gurus in the field of data protection”. Steve achieved top 10 in the Financial Times (FT) Asia-Pacific Innovative Lawyers Award 2019. In Legal 500 2020, a client gave testimony that “Steve Tan has great depth of knowledge for PDPA matters. Strategic, sound in advice and very responsive.”.  Steve was additionally picked as a top 30 individual practitioner worldwide for Privacy and Data Protection in Best of the Best Global Expert Guide 2019.


Steve co-founded and is a Director of (i) Rajah & Tann Technologies Pte Ltd, a company that provides technical solutions to help organisations navigate the digital economy such as contract management, e-discovery, e-learning; and (ii) Rajah & Tann Cybersecurity Pte Ltd, a company specialising in cybersecurity and data breach incident response.


Steve is Adjunct Professor of the Faculty of Law of the National University of Singapore, teaching Privacy & Data Protection law. 

Mr Lionel Tan

Partner, Rajah & Tann Singapore LLP

Snr. Acc. Spec. (Data & Digital Economy), SAL


Lionel is a Partner in Rajah & Tann Singapore LLP.  He has a keen interest in the field of Information Technology Law, with special emphasis on the developing area of litigation practice in the Information Technology arena. He has been involved in cases dealing with Internet defamation, Internet fraud, on-line security breaches, trade secrets and misappropriation of confidential information, telecommunication regulatory issues and software implementation and website development disputes. He advises and represents clients on intellectual property matters relating to trade mark and copyright infringements, brand protection, licensing and franchising issues. He also advises clients on compliance measures in relation to the Personal Data Protection Act (PDPA).  He is President of the Licensing Executives Society (Singapore). He is also a Senior Accredited Specialist in the Data & Digital Economy conferred by the Singapore Academy of Law.

Lionel graduated from the University of Hull, United Kingdom in 1992 with a Second Upper degree in Law.  He was awarded the Sweet & Maxwell Law Prize for that year. He pursued a postgraduate degree at the University of Oxford and was conferred a Bachelor of Civil Law. He has also completed the Certified IT Project Manager Assessment course conducted by the Institute of System Science.

Mr Alex Toh

Local Principal, Baker McKenzie Wong & Leow

Acc. Spec. (Data & Digital Economy), SAL


Alex is a local principal in the Intellectual Property & Technology Practice Group in Baker McKenzie Wong & Leow. He is a certified AI Ethics and Governance Professional by the Singapore Computer Society and a member of the Cybersecurity and Data Protection Committee of the Law Society of Singapore.

Alex's practice centres on data privacy, technology and commercial transactions, consumer law and telecommunications advisory matters. He helps clients with digital product roll-outs assess and resolve potential legal and regulatory issues, and assists businesses undergoing digitalisation and undertaking data-driven initiatives.

Dr Pavandip Singh Wasan

Director, AI Programme Office – Engineering

Infocomm and Media Development Authority


Pavan is currently the Director of the AI Programme Office at IMDA, where he works closely with a team of AI scientists, engineers and platform specialists to develop AI assets for industry. As a major proponent of data driven decision making, he has been working on such endeavours for over 20 years. Prior to joining IMDA, Pavan was the Head of Data Science (APAC) at McLaren Applied and has worked in a wide range of organisation types, including start up, MNC, Research Institute, and as well, in Defence Science. Over his career, Pavan has had the opportunity to be part of and lead teams of scientists and engineers from the region and beyond, while working closely with clients towards the delivery of professional services and products on local and globally distributed projects in healthcare, human performance, public transport, and mining.


Ms Denise Wong

Deputy Commissioner, Personal Data Protection Commission


Ms Denise Wong is currently Deputy Commissioner of PDPC - Designate. She will formally assume the role of Deputy Commissioner of PDPC from 1 July 2023. Prior to this, Denise was the Cluster Director of the Strategic Policy and Operations Cluster, where she led the legislative amendments to tackle online harms on social media, and oversaw teams that regulate misinformation and scams. Earlier in her career, Denise was a Justices’ Law Clerk and Assistant Registrar at the Supreme Court before joining the Attorney-General’s Chambers Civil Division as State Counsel.


For enquiries related to this event, please email les@sal.org.sg.


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