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EU Trade Secrets Directive: Will blowing the whistle still be possible in practice?

09 June 2016

European Union Member States adopted a Directive on the protection of trade secrets on 27 May 2016.

Although the Directive was approved by a large majority in the European Parliament, and then unanimously by the Member States, the public debate revealed many concerns. Petitions were drafted and journalists investigated what many believed to be a sword of Damocles hanging over their sources and the whistleblowers.

This article features insight from Oksana Voynarovska, partner at Ukrainian law firm Vasil Kisil & Partners, Alexander Ulrich, partner at German law firm Kliemt & Vollstädt, Petter Wenehult, associate at Swedish law firm ELMZELL Advokatbyrå, Emanuela Nespoli, partner at Italian law firm Toffoletto De Luca Tamajo e Soci, and Nicholas Hadaway, partner at UK law firm Lewis Silkin. All are members of global law firm alliance Ius Laboris.

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