Geneva Internet L@w
Research Colloquium 2018
in cooperation with
The Research Colloquium
The Geneva Internet L@w Research Colloquium, organized by the School of Law of the University of Geneva in collaboration with the Berkman Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University, the CRIDES Center for Economic Law and Society at the Catholic University of Louvain (UCL), the Geneva Internet Platform and the Institute for Technology and Society of Rio, provides researchers working in Internet law the opportunity to:
- present their work-in-progress to a panel of experienced Internet law experts,
- engage with one another in an informal setting,
- have in-depth discussions and exchanges, and
- receive helpful feedback and advice.
- It also afforded selected participants the opportunity to gain speaker experience in that they will be able to present their work to the students attending the Geneva Internet L@w Summer School.
Additionally, it was a great opportunity to build a global network of colleagues and friends and to interact with present and future Internet law and policy experts.
The colloquium will be held in the framework of the 5th edition of the Geneva Internet L@w Summer School. The summer school offers a unique opportunity to learn about and discuss cutting-edge Internet law and policy issues in today’s society with academics, practitioners, representatives of global policy makers, international organizations and leading institutions.
Topic of the colloquium may include:
- emerging technologies (artificial intelligence, IoT, autonomous vehicles, blockchain, FinTech, etc.) ;
- cybersecurity ;
- digital privacy and online surveillance ;
- free speech ;
- consumer protection ;
- social media ;
- cloud computing ;
- internet infrastructure.
Applicants should be researchers with an established direction of research relevant to Internet law, whose research would benefit from feedback provided by senior colleagues and peers. The colloquium committee will select a limited number of participants who will be allocated time during the colloquium to provide a short presentation of their work, to be followed by a group discussion.
- April 15, 2018: Submissions due
- May 6, 2018: Notification of acceptance
- June 22, 2018: Geneva Internet L@w Research Colloquium
Participation in the colloquium is free of charge for the selected researchers.
NB: Researchers are responsible for their own costs such as travel, accommodation and meals.
How to Apply
Applicants should submit the following documents by email to with the following subject line "Geneva Internet L@w Research Colloquium Submission". All items below should be collated into one single PDF file named YOURNAME_Colloquium2018.pdf (substitute your full name where it reads YOURNAME):
- A one-page overview of your research work that briefly describes (a) your research topic and question(s), (b) the status of your research, and (c) the expected policy contribution of your research project.
The overview should also include (1) a paragraph that describes what you hope to gain from attending the colloquium, (2) an abstract of max. 300 words, and (3) specific key questions/topics that you would like to discuss during the colloquium.
- An up-to-date CV. Please include the mention of any prior speaking engagements or any relevant teaching experience.
- One publication that you feel best illustrates your research (optional).
- A (brief) email from your research supervisor sent to briefly stating why he or she supports your application to the colloquium. The email should mention your name and "Geneva Internet L@w Research Colloquium" in the subject line.
N.B. If applicants want to participate in the Internet l@w summer school, they should apply to both the Internet law summer school and to the research colloquium and indicate this in their applications. Please note that the participation to the Internet l@w summer school is not free of charge (subject to a fee waiver).
Submissions are due by 15 April 2018. All submissions will be acknowledged by email.
- Prof. Chris Bavitz, Managing Director of the Cyberlaw Clinic, Clinical Professor at Harvard Law School, Director at the Berkman Center for Internet & Society
- Prof. Christian Bovet, Law School, University of Geneva
- Prof. Sergio Branco, Director of ITSRio
- Prof. Irène Calboli, Professor at Texas A&M University School of Law
- Prof. Jacques de Werra, Law School, University of Geneva
- Dr. Jovan Kurbalija, Founding director of DiploFoundation and Head of the Geneva Internet Platform
- Prof. Alain Strowel, Professor at Catholic University of Louvain, CRIDES Center for Economic Law and Society, and at University Saint-Louis, Brussels
- Prof. Florent Thouvenin, Professor at Center for Information Technology, Society, and Law (ITSL) at University of Zurich
Prof. Jacques de Werra, Law School, University of Geneva
Dr Yaniv Benhamou, Law School, University of Geneva
Ana Andrijevic, Law School, University of Geneva
Testimonials of the Researchers
Enguerrand Marique, CRIDES, UCLouvain
“I really enjoyed participating in the Geneva Internet L@w Research Colloquium. Firstly, the Research Colloquium was a valuable opportunity to meet with several experts in the Law & Technology methodology. I therefore learned a lot from current cutting-edge researchers in my field. Besides. I also received relevant comments on my research on « Trust and its legal frontiers in a world of digital platforms » from experienced scholars. The environment allows the students attending this Research Colloquium to get involved and to share their diverse and international insights with the speakers and experts and therefore enrich the other participants’ knowledge. Finally, the organisation of this event is carefully planned. In a nutshell, I would highly recommend anyone interested in legal developments of computer technologies to attend the Geneva Internet L@w Research Colloquium.”
Pedro Vilela, Federal University of Minas Gerais
“The opportunity of participating in the Internet Law Research Colloquium at the University of Geneva allowed me to greatly improve my ongoing research. Being able to get in touch with global level researchers and specialists helped me get in tune with the main approaches to my subject of research. It was also revealed itself to be an excellent chance to grow my network of academic contacts.”