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Webinar #5 | Unconscious bias, labour protections and insolvency in the world of app-driven companies

 Wednesday, 26 August

 13:00 – 14:00

This session will discuss whether technology can be a way to improve diversity, offering access to the employment market to people who might usually be discriminated against.

We will first explore unconscious biases that affect the workplace. We will propose and discuss methods to improve diversity in the face of such biases and which promote equal treatment among employees.

The second goal will be exploring the challenges and perspectives of the use of technology to (i) reduce bias, (ii) ensure neutrality and (iii) open access to the employment market.

Despite the apparent transparency of its front office, the back office of app-driven companies is far more opaque. With client (big) data as its main asset, recourse on these companies in case of claims or bankruptcy is a challenge. This becomes even worse when in jurisdictions where independent workers are less protected in cases of insolvency. Looking at it from this perspective, are app companies effectively promoting diversity? If so, to what extent and who is paying for that? By considering these aspects we will examine the advantages and drawbacks of these new technologies from a diversity and solvency perspective.

AIJA Commissions:

  • Labour and Immigration Law
  • Insolvency

General reporters:

  • Katie Newbury, Kingsley Napley LLP, (United Kingdom)

  • Marine Simonnot, UGGC AVOCATS, (France)

Please register to the congress to attend this session.


Thiago Amparo

Human rights lawyer, professor and consultant, Brazil

Afro-Brazilian human rights lawyer, with 10 years of experience in the
non-profit sector in the Global South. Solid experience with project
and team management, research and capacity-building activities.
Experience as consultant with foundations, including feedback
processes with grantees as well as studies on grantees’ strategies on
educational reform and racism in criminal justice system in Rio de

Katie Newbury

Kingsley Napley LLP, United Kingdom

Moderator and General Reporter

Katie Newbury in a senior associate in the immigration team at Kingsley Napley LLP. With experience across all areas of UK immigration, she specialises in handling challenging personal immigration instructions. This includes cases involving human rights issues, complex applications and appeals for families as well as working with investors, entrepreneurs and those in the tech industry looking to relocate to the UK. She is also the deputy chair of the Kingsley Napley Diversity and Inclusion committee.

Marine Simonnot


Moderator and General Reporter

Marine Simonnot is a partner at UGGC Avocats, a full business lawfirm based in Paris. She has been a member of the restructuring and insolvency department of UGGC since 2005. She advises any stakeholder that may face to a pre-insolvency or to an insolvency proceedings (companies that suffers financial difficulties in view of their restructuration, shareholders, directors whose liabilities is sought, creditors, bidders and insolvency practioners). She has also a recognised experience in dispute resolution within the context of an insolvency. Marine is also teacher at the Paris Bar Law School in insolvency law and regularly a speaker at various events related to restructuring and insolvency. Marine is the current President of the Insolvency Law Commission of AIJA.

Claire Huijts

Pels Rijcken & Droogleever Fortuijn N.V., Netherlands

Claire is a Dutch employment lawyer based in The Hague. She has a keen interest in all issues at the interface of employment law and human rights and is specialized in equal treatment, employer’s liability and business and human rights.

Paulo Nasser

M Nasser Advocacia Estratégica, Brazil

Paulo Nasser is an AIJA member since 2017 and is VP of the Insolvency Commission.
Paulo has extensive expertise in cross-border litigation and arbitration, advising clients in complex cases involving business and commercial matters.
He is the founding partner of M Nasser Dispute Resolution, in Sao Paulo.
Nasser was educated at the Catholic University of Sao Paulo, where he obtained his masters in Private Law (Direito Civil) and his Ph.D. in Procedural Law and Arbitration. He also holds a LL.M. degree from the London School of Economics (LSE).

Hector Sbert

Lawants, Spain

Hector Sbert is a Spanish litigation & insolvency attorney. His areas of specialisation include enforcement proceedings, asset tracing & recovery, contentious insolvency and business reorganisations and liquidations. He is founding partner of the law & tax boutique firm Lawants, in Barcelona. His education includes a Ph.D. in civil asset tracing methods and an Executive MBA from IESE Business School. Hector is also former Chair of AIJA’s Insolvency Law Commission.

Lara Vivas

Cuatrecasas, Spain

An expert in labor law, Lara specialises in employment compliance and restructuring, and currently develops the global sustainability focus group in Cuatrecasas. She has conducted collective bargaining negotiations, including negotiating collective agreements and mediating in collective disputes and strikes. She has participated in restructuring processes under Spanish and European law and represented clients in proceedings in first- and second-instance courts in Spain.
Thanks to her training in law, HR, and business in Spain, to her studies in law & economics at the University of Chicago, and to her work experience in France, she has developed an international practice. She advised American, Asian and European companies on ongoing legal matters, and has advised human resources departments on their strategic analyses from a legal and economic perspective. She reviews and designs global policies for international and local clients.