Electronic Signatures & eIDAS

Christiana Aristidou

Electronic Signatures & eIDAS

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Course Overview


eIDAS introduces a new, EU-wide legal framework for electronic identification (eID) and trust services, including electronic signatures, seals and documents.  


The potential of an EU-wide framework for eID is provided with the introduction of national eID schemes by Member States. These schemes allow the eID of citizens using public services. This is potentially applicable to public services offered by any Member State for all EU citizens. Furthermore, the potential of the eID aspect is great in terms of future use of eID schemes by private businesses.   


The new framework offers consistency and conformity within the EU Member States in relation to trust services while enabling and encouraging the legally predictable application of such services by businesses. The regulation provides the conditions for recognizing simple, advanced and qualified trust services. Also, eIDAS offers the supervisory measures and standards of trust services.   


eIDAS has great potential for individuals, businesses and Member States.

Date 15 and 16 of Februry 2022
Time13:00 – 16:15 UK Time 
Duration6 hours
PriceGBP 325 (excl. VAT)


Training Objectives


By the end of the programme, participants will be able to: 


  • Understand traditional signatures, electronic signatures and digitized signatures 

  • Explore the EU Legal Framework for electronic signatures 

  • Understand the differences between electronic and digital signatures, features and functions 

  • Explore the benefits of electronic signatures 

  • Understand what eIDAS is about, its background and what is changing with eIDAS  

  • Familiarise themselves with the fundamental definitions and basic concepts of the regulation 

  • Comprehend the difference between Simple, Advanced, and Qualified Trust Services, including electronic signatures  

  • Appreciate the impact of eIDAS on individuals, businesses and EU Member States  

  • Manage the implementation of eIDAS aspects in their business 

  • Be aware the latest development around eIDAS 



Training Outline


The Evolution of Signatures: Traditional, Electronic and Digital  

  • What are traditional signatures, electronic signatures, and digitized signatures 

  • EU Legal Framework 

  • Forms of Electronic Signatures (Simple/Basic, Advanced, Qualified) 

  • Differences between Electronic and Digital Signatures 

  • Benefits of Electronic Signatures 

  • Use Cases 


The eIDAS regulation: Introduction 

  • Subject matter 

  • Scope  

  • Definitions 


Electronic Identification (eID) 

  • National eID schemes 

  • Mandatory cross-border recognition  

  • MS decide the means to introduce eID 

  • Assurance Levels  

  • MS Cooperation 

  • Interoperability   


Trust Services Ecosystem 

  • Trust Service Providers 

  • Electronic Signatures 

  • Technologies to implement electronic signatures: 

    1. PAdES 

    2. XAdES 

    3. CAdES 


  • Electronic Seals, Time stamping, Electronic registered delivery services, website authentication, electronic documents  

  • Advanced and Qualified Trust Services, especially electronic signatures: 

    1. Legal Effect 

    2. Evidentiary value  


Closing Remarks 

  • News and Recent Developments  



Who Should Attend


The programme is ideal for: 

  • Lawyers and legal professionals  

  • Graduate lawyers, law students, law researchers 

  • In-house lawyers and Corporate Administrators 

  • Internal and external legal advisors 

  • Financial Advisors 

  • Compliance Officers  

  • Managers and Executives across disciplines (IT, HR, Projects, Strategy, Digital, Technology, Innovation, Administration) 

  • Senior Management 

  • Attorneys of the Republic 

  • Government Agencies 



Industry Expert | Christiana Aristidou 

Christiana Aristidou is an industry expert and thought leader who stands above subject-matter expertise and is an authority in her field. She is a passionate educator educating and training regulators, public authorities, incumbents, private organizations of all sizes, investors and entrepreneurs in Cyprus, the EU and internationally. A pioneer in the field of training course design, development and delivery, Christiana creates comprehensive training courses with innovative subject combinations and unique content, falling mainly in the intersection of Regulation, Business Law and Technology.


Christiana is a Business Technology Lawyer, CEO of “The Hybrid LawTech Firm”, empowered by Christiana Aristidou LLC, regulated by the Cyprus Bar Association (membership since 1997). She is the Director of SmartCity Business, a company that aims to create smart laws and business models that can be used by smart cities to assess what value they offer citizens by integrating ICT and emerging technologies into their infrastructure and services, enabling the acceleration of change from smart cities to smart societies. She is also a non-executive Director of Rhea Legal Tech, a company that offers AI, machine learning and automation solutions to the legal, regulatory and supervisory industries.


Christiana is the President of the CBA’s Technology Committee, a National Delegate to the ISO TC/307 Blockchain Committee actively contributing to Working Group 3 drafting standards on Smart Contracts and to Working Group 6 on Blockchain use cases. She is a member of ITU and has served in ITU-FG-DLTs. She is also a Certified International Legal Project Practitioner (IILPM), a member of the PMI Cyprus Chapter, an approved HRD Trainer, the Ambassador of European Legal Technology Association (ELTA) in Cyprus, and a Digital Transformation Specialist. Christiana is a co-founder, and, until recently, the Vice-Chair of the Cyprus Blockchain Association (CBA) which has recently merged with the Cyprus Blockchain Technologies (CBTs). She is currently a board member of CBTs and holds advisory and directorship positions in technology companies. Christiana is a regular speaker at local and international Law and Technology conferences.


Christiana holds a Bachelor’s in Law from the Kapodistrian University of Athens, three (3) LL.M degrees: 1. in Common Law, 2. International Commercial and Business Law (UEA-UK) and 3. Computers and Telecommunications Law (Queen Mary-UoL). She also holds a Certificate in International Commercial Arbitration (Cologne-Germany) and a certificate in Digital Currencies from the University of Nicosia.



Training Style


The programme is designed to deliver theoretical knowledge mainly via live online discussions, supported by power-point presentations.  Furthermore, participants will have the opportunity to pose questions and further discuss during a Q&A session.   



CPD Recognition


This programme may be approved for up to 6 CPD units in Banking & Financial Regulation. Eligibility criteria and CPD Units are verified directly by your association, regulator or other bodies which you hold membership.


Additional Details

Price - 325

Duration - 6

CPDs - 6


Date And Time

15-February-2022 - 13:00 to
16-February-2022 - 16:15




Live Online (Zoom)

Event Category

Live Online Courses

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