The Online Digital Law Research Colloquium
The Geneva Digital Law Research Colloquium, organized online 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), Renmin University of China and the Institute for Technology and Society of Rio, provides researchers working in Digital law the opportunity to:
- present their work-in-progress to a panel of experienced Digital law experts,
- have in-depth discussions and exchanges, and
- receive helpful feedback and advice.
- It also affords selected participants the opportunity to present their work to the students attending the Geneva Digital Law Summer School.
The colloquium will be held in the framework of the 8th edition of the Geneva Digital Law Summer School. The summer school offers a unique opportunity to learn about and discuss cutting-edge Digital law and policy issues in today’s society with academics, practitioners, representatives of global policy makers and of international organizations.
Topics that can be presented at the colloquium 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 Digital 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.
The Digital Law Research Colloquium will be organized online. Given the covid-19 crisis and the associated uncertainty, we will rearrange the schedule, so that participants can follow the colloquium online.
- April 30, 2021: Submissions due
- May 14, 2021: Notification of acceptance
- June 25, 2021: Geneva Digital Law Research Colloquium
Participation in the colloquium is free of charge for the selected researchers.
How to apply
Applicants should submit the following documents by email to with the following subject line "Geneva Digital Law Research Colloquium Submission". All items below should be collated into one single PDF file named YOURNAME_Colloquium2021.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 Digital Law Research Colloquium" in the subject line.
N.B. If applicants want to participate in the Digital Law Summer School, they should apply to both the Digital Law Summer School and to the research colloquium and indicate this in their applications. Please note that the participation to the Digital Law Summer School is not free of charge (subject to a fee waiver).
Submissions are due by April 30, 2021. All submissions will be acknowledged by email.
- Prof. Christopher Bavitz, Clinical Professor of Law, Harvard Law School and Managing Director of Cyberlaw Clinic, Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society
- Dr. Yaniv Benhamou, School of Law, University of Geneva
- Prof. Sergio Branco, Director at ITS Rio
- Prof. Irène Calboli, School of Law, University of Geneva and School of Law, Texas A&M
- Prof. Jacques de Werra, School of Law, University of Geneva
- Prof. Urs Gasser, Executive Director, Berkman Klein Center for Internet and Society
- Prof. Haijun Jin, School of Law, Renmin University of China
- Prof. Alain Strowel, Catholic University of Louvain, CRIDES Center for Economic Law and Society and University Saint-Louis
Prof. Jacques de Werra, Law School, University of Geneva
Dr Yaniv Benhamou, Law School, University of Geneva
James Michael HELLER
" Thank you for welcoming my participation in the Digital Law Research Colloquium 2020. The organisation of this event was able to ensure a seamless conference of digital law experts participating from all over the world. I was particularly impressed with the diversity of participants and viewpoints. The feedback provided and questions asked by Professors Gasser, Branco and de Werra were thought-provoking and will serve to improve my ongoing research. Just as meaningful to me were questions from participants in the Digital Law Summer School. Whilst at an earlier stage of their careers, I have no doubt that many of the graduates from that program will help shape the future of the field of digital law. "
" I did not hesitate for a second before applying to the Geneva Digital Law Research Colloquium and I must say that this event even exceeded my expectations. From the very beginning organisers offered warm and smooth communication, the same atmosphere was felt during the online Colloquium - it almost made me forget about the distance between attendees. A global gathering of creative minds was full of active, engaging, intellectually rich discussions. Thought-provoking comments by the leading experts in the field of Digital Law broadened my view on the presented topic and helped me develop a clearer vision of my further research path. Thank you very much for everything! "
Carlos Muñoz FERRANDIS
" This event has been a great opportunity for me in several aspects. First of all, I had the chance to present my research to some of the best experts in the world. Second, I received interesting insights from my commentators and several questions from such an engaged audience, the latter made me feel close to the 'online' public! Finally, as an early-stage researcher and 'wanna-be' academic, I am grateful to see institutions such as the Digital Law Center and University of Geneva taking these initiatives, aiming at supporting and trusting young researchers all over the world. What an incredible way to promote and foster research in the field of Digital Law! "
" I am beyond the words to express my thankfulness for the invitation to the Digital Law Colloquium organised by the University of Geneva. It was a real honour for me to present at the Colloquium, sharing my the insight of my research on the goals of competition law in the privacy concerns to legal experts and students. Thank you very much for this insightful feedback which would allow to further shape and support my research processes. I highly recommend this event as an unforgettable experience where one might present their unique research ideas. "
Riccardo VECELLIO SEGATE
The programme of the Digital Law Research Colloquium 2021 will be available soon.