Narmeen Al Ganim focuses on Belgian business law and particularly on data protection law.
Prior to joining Van Bael & Bellis, Narmeen gained experience during several internships at well-known international and Belgian law firms.


Dutch, English, Arabic, French, Spanish


  • Tilburg University, the Netherlands, LL.M. Law & Technology, 2020
  • Aarhus University, Denmark, Erasmus Exchange Programme, summa cum laude, 2018
  • Ghent University, Master of Laws, magna cum laude, 2018
  • Ghent University, Bachelor of Laws, 2016

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    • 15/10/2020
    • Jurisdictions


    Estonia does not have a formal FDI screening mechanism in place but has developed open FDI regimes, that score low on the foreign investment restrictiveness index of the OECD. Even so, the Estonian Act on Restrictions on Acquisition of Immovables (the EARAI) restricts FDI in specific sectors and applies to the acquisition of land used as profit-yielding in the public interest and the acquisition of land for national security reasons. The Ministry of Rural Affairs is the competent authority.

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    • 23/07/2020
    • Articles

    Court of Justice of European Union Invalidates EU-US Privacy Shield

    On 16 July 2020, the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) delivered its judgment in the Facebook Ireland and Schrems case (C-311/18, Schrems II case). The CJEU invalidated Decision 2016/1250 on the adequacy of the protection provided by the EU-US Privacy Shield. The CJEU ruled that the EU-US Privacy Shield does not provide adequate protection and can therefore no longer serve as a legal instrument permitting the transfer of personal data from the EU to the US. As a result, transfers of personal data between the EU and the US that rely on the EU-US Privacy Shield are now illegal. However, the CJEU considered that Commission Decision 2010/87 on standard contractual clauses (SCCs) for the transfer of personal data to processors established in third countries is valid and can be relied upon, provided that the applicable legislation does not prevent the recipient from complying with its contractual obligations under the SCCs. Please click below to read a note summarizing the CJEU's judgment.

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    • 27/04/2020
    • Articles

    European Data Protection Board Guidelines on Processing Health Data for Scientific Research in the Covid-19 Outbreak

    On 21 April 2020, the European Data Protection Board (EDPB) adopted guidelines for the processing of personal data concerning health for the purposes of scientific research in the fight against Covid-19. One of a myriad of guidance documents published by the EDPB in relation to the ongoing Covid-19 crisis, these guidelines provide guidance to public and private organisations on how to reconcile scientific research with data protection requirements. In particular, the guidelines discuss the legal basis for such activity, the implementation of adequate safeguards, and the exercise of data subjects’ rights.

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