Diljá Helgadóttir focuses on all aspects of EU competition law, as well as EU regulatory law.

Prior to joining Van Bael & Bellis, Diljá worked at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Iceland as an advisor in free trade negotiations with third countries. Diljá also gained experience at leading law firms in both Reykjavik and Hamburg.


Icelandic, English, Danish, Norwegian


  • Duke University School of Law, USA, Merit Scholar, LL.M. International Business Law, 2020
  • Reykjavik University, Master of Laws, summa cum laude, 2019
  • Bucerius Law School, Germany, International and Comparative Business Law, 2017
  • Reykjavik University, Bachelor of Laws, magna cum laude, 2017


Diljá has published several peer-reviewed articles and delivered lectures in EU law and the law of obligations, in particular mortgage law.

Peer-reviewed publications:

‘Few words about the liability of a bankruptcy estate towards shareholders and other related parties’ publication’ Úlfljótur, The Legal Journal of University of Iceland, June 2020.

‘The Interaction Between Directive 2015/2366 (EU) on Payment Services (PSD2) and Regulation (EU) 2016/679 on General Data Protection (GDPR) Concerning Third Party Players’ Trinity College Law Review, March 2020.

‘Bankruptcy estate claims for unlawful allocation of funds from a company’ The Legal Journal of RU (Tímarit Lögréttu), October 2019.

‘Breakthrough in the payment service market legislation: Directive (EU) 2015/2366 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 25 November 2015 on payment services.’ Legal Journal of RU (Tímarit Lögréttu), October 2019. Co-author: Dr. Margret Einarsdottir.

‘Extension of time limitations after the end of bankruptcy’ Úlfljótur, The Legal Journal of University of Iceland, June 2019.

‘Validity of guarantees and deficiencies in credit assessment’ Legal Journal of RU (Tímarit Lögréttu), December 2019. Co-author: Stefan Andrew Svensson.

Other publications:

‘The conflict concerning data sharing under PSD2 and obtaining consent to share such data under GDPR’ Oxford Business Law Blog, 2020.

‘Foreign direct investment in the EU and Iceland’s position’ Morgunbladid Newspaper, 2020.

‘Electronic shareholder meetings in the era of COVID-19’ Morgunbladid Newspaper, 2020.

‘Initial Negotiations when Negotiating a Merger and Acquisition Deal’ Vísir, 2019.

‘Nomination committees in the public sector’ The Icelandic Business Journal, 2020.

‘A milestone in the payment services market: PSD2 incorporated into the EEA Agreement.’ The Icelandic Business Journal, 2019.

‘Recovery Rights of the Icelandic Government’s Guarantee Fund’ The Icelandic Business Journal, 2019.


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    • 19/11/2020
    • Articles

    EDPB Recommendations to Review International Data Transfers

    The Schrems II decision of the Court of Justice of the EU (CJEU) caused quite a stir for organisations that transfer personal data outside the EU. First, the decision invalidated the EU-US Privacy Shield scheme, that was designed to permit transfers between the EU and self-certified organisations in the US. On the other hand, it held that Standard Contractual Clauses (SCC) that had been approved by the European Commission still provide sufficient safeguards, but nevertheless organisations had to assess on a case-by-case basis whether the SCC should be supplemented by additional measures. The European Data Protection Board (EDPB) has now adopted two recommendations outlining the approach it expects organisations to take when transferring data out of the EU. Please click below to read our note on the new recommendations adopted by the EDPB.

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    • 14/10/2020
    • News

    CJEU on Access and Retention of Traffic and Location Data for National Security

    On 6 October 2020, the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) handed down judgments in three cases on the compatibility of the ePrivacy Directive 2002/58/EC concerning the processing of personal data and the protection of privacy in the electronic communications sector with methods for combating terrorism (Case C-623/17, Privacy International, as well as Joined cases C-511/18, La Quadrature du Net and Others, C-512/18, French Data Network and Others, and Case C-520/18, Ordre des barreaux francophones et germanophone and Others). These judgments may require Member States to review their legislation to balance national security with the fundamental rights of its citizens. In addition, these judgments could have an impact on EU-UK data flows post-Brexit… Please click below to read our note on these CJEU judgments.

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