Prof. Dr. George Dimitrov
Prof. Dr. George Dimitrov is a managing partner of Dimitrov, Petrov & Co. Law Firm and head of its Information and Communication Technologies Law Practice Group. He is responsible for the firm’s strategic development as well as for determining its compliant policy and priorities. George Dimitrov is the first in Bulgaria to receive the academic title “Professor of Law and Information Technologies” and is a lecturer of ICT Law at all premier universities and educational institutions in Bulgaria – the University of Library Studies and Information Technologies, Sofia University “St. Kliment Ohridski”, Technical University of Sofia, the University of National and World Economy, “St. Cyril and St. Methodius University of Veliko Tarnovo”, and the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences. He holds a PhD degree from the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Belgium and has specialized at the Academy of American and International Law, Dallas, TX, USA.
With more than 20 years professional experience, he is consistently praised as one of the world’s leading practitioners by different globally recognised legal editions and directories. For many years Prof. Dimitrov has been advising blue-chip technology companies, government institutions, and key policy-making NGOs. He has gained sound experience in restructuring companies, mergers and acquisitions, management and implementation of financial and industrial projects, litigation and arbitration.
Being a Chairman of the Center for Law of the Information and Communication Technologies in Bulgaria (CLICT), Prof. Dr. Dimitrov has been the leading expert and head of numerous working groups that have drafted the contemporary Bulgarian ICT legislation, inter alia, the Electronic Commerce Act, the Electronic Governance Act, the Electronic Communications Act, the Commercial Register Act, the last amendments of the Electronic Communications Act, the amendments of the E-documents and E-signatures Act and the secondary legislation on its implementation, the cyber-crimes section of the Criminal Code, and many other acts of primary and secondary legislation.
Since 2009 he is an expert at the Advisory Council on Electronic Communications, Postal Services, Information Society and Electronic Governance at the Ministry of Transport, Information Technologies and Communications as well as at the Transport, Information Technologies and Communications Committee, the Internal Security and Public Order Committee and the Healthcare Committee at the National Assembly. He played an essential role in the elaboration of key strategies of national importance such as: the Strategy for the Implementation of Electronic Healthcare in Bulgaria, the Strategy for Electronic Government, the Strategy for Bulgaria’s Competitiveness on International ICT Markets, etc.
Prof. Dr. Dimitrov was conferred the honour to be appointed a national correspondent for Bulgaria in many projects assigned by the European Commission on reporting the implementation of various EU directives in the area of e-signatures, e-documents and e-governance in Bulgaria. He is a member of Scientific Board of the European Privacy Institute, a panelist at the Czech Arbitration Court for providing alternative dispute resolution (ADR) for the .eu domain and at the International Arbitration Court at the Alliance for Legal Interaction.
Being a renowned academic scholar, Prof. Dimitrov is frequently asked to give lectures and key speeches at academic institutions, international forums and conferences. For number of years he has trained attorneys, magistrates, in-house lawyers and state officials in the legal aspects of e-commerce, e-government, e-justice, e-healthcare, e-finance and cybercrimes and has authored a number of books, handbooks, articles and commentaries in the area of ICT law.
Prof. Dr. Dimitrov is a member of various committees and professional legal organizations of local and international importance such as: the Technology and E-commerce Law Committee at the International Bar Association (IBA), the European Electronic Messaging Association (EEMA), the Supreme Bar Council and many others. Member of the Editorial Board of Digital Evidence and Electronic Signature Law Review as well. Currently he is a local representative of the largest association of technology lawyers – The ITechLaw Association (itechlaw.org).
He is fluent in English, Italian, Spanish, and Russian.