Geneva Internet L@w
Research Colloquium 2017

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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 Digital Asia Hub, the Geneva Internet Platform, the Institute for Technology and Society of Rioand the Renmin University of China 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 affords 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, this is 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 4th 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


For Whom

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.


At the University of Geneva.

Important Dates

  • 30 April 2017: Submissions due
  • 13 May 2017: Notification of acceptance
  • 23 June 2017: 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 internetlawcolloquium(at) 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_Colloquium2017.pdf (substitute your full name where it reads YOURNAME):

  1. 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.
  2. An up-to-date CV. Please include the mention of any prior speaking engagements or any relevant teaching experience.
  3. One publication that you feel best illustrates your research (optional).
  4. A(brief) email from your research supervisor sent to internetlawcolloquium(at) 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 30 April 2017. All submissions will be acknowledged by email.