2018 Conference





Geneva Cybersecurity Law & Policy Conference

What Civil Liability for Cyberattacks?

University of Geneva

June 21, 2018

9.00 Welcome Address
Prof. Yves Flückiger, Rector of the University of Geneva
Prof. Bénédict Foëx, Dean of the Faculty of Law, University of Geneva
Prof. and Vice-rector Jacques de Werra, University of Geneva


Morning session

Prof. Christopher Bavitz, Harvard University

Civil liability for cyber-attacks: selected issues and challenges

9.20 Cybersecurity damages and private law: mapping the challenges
Prof. Guy Pessach, Cyber Security Research Center, Hebrew University of Jerusalem
9.40 Interactions between civil and criminal liability for cybercrimes under Swiss Law
Prof. Damian K. Graf, Kalaidos Law School & University of Zurich
10.00 What insurance against cyber-attacks?

Navid Kimia, Head of Specialties Romandie, Zurich Assurance

10.20 Coffee break
10.40 Cybersecurity liability in the US: trends and perspectives
Prof. Stacey L Dogan, Cybersecurity Alliance, Boston University
11.00 Economics of cybersecurity

Dr. Michael Kende, Senior Advisor, Analysys Mason & Visiting Professor, Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies

Data Protection and Cybersecurity Breaches: What Risks of Liability?

11.20 Swiss Perspectives

Dr. David Vasella, Attorney at law, Walder Wyss, Lecturer University of Zurich

11.40 Israeli Perspectives

Limor Shmerling Magazanik, Director of Strategic Alliances at the Israeli Privacy Protection Authority

12.00 EU / GDPR perspectives

Olivier Matter, European Data Protection Supervisor

12.20 Discussion followed by lunch break


Afternoon session

Dr. Yaniv Benhamou, Lecturer University of Geneva, Attorney at law, Lenz & Staehelin

Risk management: What standard of care for victims of cyber-attacks?

14.00 Risk mitigation and management strategies – legal framework and challenges

Dr. Michel Jaccard, Attorney at law, id est avocats

14.20 Standards in the banking and financial industry
Kim-Andree Potvin, Chief Operating Officer, Landolt & Cie
14.40  Regulating autonomous cars: a technology oriented legal approach

Gadi Perl, Cyber Security Research Center, Hebrew University of Jerusalem

15.00 Standards in the software industry: what role of the Geneva Digital Convention?
Jean-Yves Art, Senior Director, Strategic Partnerships, Microsoft
15.20 Coffee break

The Future of Cybersecurity: Artificial Intelligence and other Challenges

Panel discussion

15.40 Introduction and moderation of the panel by Dr. Jovan Kurbalija, Geneva Internet Platform



17.00 End of the conference