Digital Law Summer School 2020 (formerly Internet Law Summer School)
Study digital Law ONLINE !
Given the covid-19 crisis and the associated uncertainty, we rearranged the schedule, so that participants can follow the courses online (starting every day at noon in Geneva (UTC+2) in order to comply with different time zones).
Topics that will be covered include cybersecurity, artificial intelligence, big data, digital privacy and online surveillance, free speech, consumer protection, legal issues of social media, Internet and telecom infrastructure, data protection, intellectual property, antitrust, and much more...
This is a unique opportunity to gain hands-on experience in the framework of a Digital law clinic and to discuss cutting edge Digital law and policy issues with academics (including researchers participating in the Digital Law Research Colloquium), practitioners, representatives of global policy makers, international organizations and leading institutions, including the Berkman Klein Center for Internet and Society at Harvard University, the International Telecommunication Union (ITU), the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), and the Geneva Internet Platform (GIP).
In the previous years (2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018 and 2019), the Digital Law Summer School (formerly Internet Law Summer School) gathered a group of highly talented participants from very diverse backgrounds and countries, including Argentina, Brazil, China, Egypt, Estonia, France, Georgia, Germany, India, Israel, Italy, Jordan, Lithuania, Moldova, Pakistan, Russia, the Netherlands, the UK, the US and Ukraine.
The summer school includes an exciting programme and affords the fantastic opportunity to build a global network of new friends as well as of Digital law and policy experts.
A video testimony of participants to the 2014 edition is available here!
We look forward to welcoming a new batch of participants online!
The equivalence of 6 ECTS credits can be obtained (to be validated by the home university) upon submission of a paper.
Students of the summer school will receive a certificate for completing the summer school if they meet the compulsory attendance requirements. Please note that this is not an official University of Geneva transcript, as Geneva Summer Schools courses are not accredited University of Geneva courses. It is the students’ responsibility to validate their course for credit at their home university before commencing the summer school, as specified in the Geneva Summer Schools Regulations.
Please note: Changes to the draft program may be made at any time prior to the start of the course.
Tuiton Fees and Deadline
Early Bird Deadline 15 February 2020:
Final Deadline 30 May 2020:
CHF 500* (Note for UNIGE students: you need to submit only your -1- CV and your -2- letter of motivation. UNIGE students don't need to submit a letter of reference.)
*Including 100 CHF non refundable administrative fees
Faculty & Staff
Professor Jacques de Werra
Faculty of Law
University of Geneva
Dr. Yaniv Benhamou
Faculty of Law
University of Geneva
Submitted by Larissa Guarnieri, Digital Law Summer School 2020
I had the chance to participate in the Digital Law Summer School offered by the Digital Law Center of Université de Genève. Due to Covid-19 crisis we couldn't be physically there in Switzerland. Even so, it was a great experience and a pleasure to meet (by Zoom! rs) brillant professionals and colleagues. Big thanks to Instituto de Tecnologia e Sociedade (ITS Rio) and all the professors, especially to Ana Andrijevic, Jacques de Werra and Yaniv Benhamou.
Submitted by Isabella Aragão, Digital Law Summer School 2020
Thanks so much for the Digital Law Center of the Université de Genève for these 2 immersive weeks in the Digital Law Summer School! It was amazing to discover a whole new world of research opportunities and enhance my professional and personal skills with all of the great discussions, with so many talented people around the world. I hope I can see all of you in the future, in person, and that we keep in touch for more inspiring debates and mutual growth!
Submitted by Fabio Aspis, Brazil, Internet Law Summer School 2019
The Internet Law Summer School has provided a broader view of key global discussions in the digital environment. Students had the opportunity to have contact with different regulatory views from different parts of the world. Key topics discussed included privacy and data protection, legal issues of social media, current intellectual property issues and cybersecurity. With a flawless organization, the course provided a dynamic study methodology, with a colloquia and conferences held at strategic locations of Geneva such as International Telecommunication Union (ITU) and Foundation Hardt. It is important to point out that the course is not just for lawyers. We also had the opportunity to interact and learn from different perspectives on the topics covered, such as by journalists and philosophers.
Submitted by Nadja Rabeneck, Germany, Internet Law Summer School 2019
Highly recommended! I've never met so many inspiring people at one spot! The speakers were always interested in having a conversation/discussion with us instead of holding a monologue. Thus, everybody could address the topics and questions interesting him/her the most!
Submitted by César Augusto Fontanillo López, Spain, Internet Law Summer School 2019
Internet Law Summer School provided the participants with better insights about the different regulatory strategies to steer, guide, limit or promote the Internet. Participants studied not only the corpus of law and jurisprudence that surround the Internet but also learnt about cybersecurity, privacy and data protection, competition, and intellectual property law. I am confident that the lessons I took from this Summer School will help me to understand how to better participate in the debate and discourse that is sure to come on the legal implications of the Internet, as a professional sufficiently informed about the state-of-the-art of regulation of new and emerging digital technologies.
Submitted by Adrien Buensod, Geneva, Internet Law Summer School 2018
During this summer, I had the chance to attend the Internet Law Summer School in the University of Geneva. It was a wonderful opportunity. The course organizers had everything planned, they were extremely friendly and helpful.
About the course itself: the professors and experts brought in were extremely interesting. Their varying backgrounds made the diverse subjects they talked about even more compelling. Allowing the classes to be held outside the campus (at the Hardt Foundation, ITU, etc) allowed for us to not feel cramped up in a class and helped making those two weeks flow. Furthermore, I very much enjoyed working with my fellow course attendees when I had the chance. Speaking of us, I have met incredible people. The more they talked about themselves, the more amazing they all seemed to be and all came from such different origins and backgrounds. Their intelligence and motivation struck me and motivated me to concentrate and their kindness made me regret no being able to spend more time with them.
It was a pleasure to attend this summer course and it was a pleasure to meet every single person I met there, be it a professor, an assistant or a fellow student.
Submitted by Irmak Erdogan, Turkey, Internet Law Summer School 2018
For the people who are interested in internet law, Geneva Internet Law Summer School must be on your list. It helped us to get a wide perspective regarding each aspect of internet law and best experts and academicians in this field flared our curiosity even more. It was not only the courses which were well organized, but also outdoor activities were planned ahead to make sure we had the best time in the beautiful city of Geneva.
Submitted by Fernando Ravelo Guillen, Spain, Internet Law Summer School 2018
The Internet Law Summer School was a remarkable program which covered the main issues relating to internet, data protection, cybersecurity, intellectual property, digital platforms (just to name a few!).
The speakers came from universities, institutions and companies from many countries. They made their presentation materials available, answered questions and offered to be contacted to address other topics of interest for the students. Another strong point of this course were the students. They provided a dimension of diversity, not just because of the different nationalities but also because of their backgrounds (lawyers, engineers, anthropologists, etc).
The discussions in and off class were so much interesting because of that. The program was well organised. We had the schedule beforehand and there were different channels of communication thus any question or doubt by the students could be rapidly answered. The Summer School also organised many social activities aimed at discovering the city of Geneva and enjoying the free time among classmates.
Submitted by Adriana Sarkis, Brazil, Internet Law Summer School 2018
It was a great experience to join the 2018 Internet Law Summer School in Geneva. The course exceeded all expectation in terms of classes, seminars, professors and classmates.
An amazing atmosphere, with incredible colleagues from all over the world allowed us to share academic and professional experiences while discussing the most challenging topics of law and digital economy. Also, the opportunity to be in the international environment of Geneva makes the experience even more exciting as we are invited visit the main international organizations and learn from great professionals. It is really worth it and I strongly recommend.
Submitted by Vagisha Priya Srivastava, India, Internet Law Summer School 2018
Attending the Internet Law summer School was a great learning experience for me. Being a computer science student I just had an overview of the legal issues involved in cybersecurity. This summer school gave me a clear understanding of topics such as Data Privacy, Data protection issues in ecommerce, Internet governance and human rights, platform liability etc. which according to me is important when you are at the developing front of the softwares. The speakers were some of the best people from the field from around the world and I enjoyed attending all the lectures.
The class hosted a bunch amazing people from all over the world with different backgrounds. The conversations were never dull or boring. I got to learn a great deal of things from my fellow classmates. The organizers were great, always ready to help you out with anything you need.
I would highly recommend the Internet Law Summer School. So, If you want to learn about internet law, if you want to meet amazing people, if you want to make memories you would cherish for your entire life and all of it within a duration of a few weeks then please apply for the course. You will not come out the same as you went in.
Submitted by Aye Al-Jarrah, Switzerland, Internet Law Summer School 2018
Being part of the Internet Law Summer School was a wonderful experience. Not only are you able to discuss various topics related to the internet with highly qualified and interesting speakers and colleagues alike, but you also get to meet amazing people from all around the world. Thus, it’s a great opportunity to broaden your perspective and learn how different cultures and legal systems approach certain issues as well as make some great friends. These two weeks are such a unique experience that I couldn’t recommend highly enough. My advice: don’t hesitate and go for it!
Submitted by Ana Maria Draganuta, Romania, Internet law Summer School 2018
The organization and the programme itself exceeded all my expectations: well-reputed speakers, greatly prepared lectures and practical exercises, amazing vibe within the group mostly due to the social activities prepared for us. I highly recommend it to anyone who wants to get an inside glimpse into the internet law world and to create long-term professional and friendship relationships.
Submitted by Ana Andrijevic – Geneva, Switzerland - December 2017
Go for it!
In my case, the Internet Law Summer School has been a life changer considering where it led me today. I did not know much about Internet Law before starting the summer school but I had basic knowledge in cybersecurity or private international law. First of all, this summer school gave me an overview of topics such as digital privacy, online surveillance, free speech, intellectual property, cybersecurity etc., with some of the best speakers from all around the world. Our discussions during the classes and during the social events led me to another level of thinking in all these areas and helped me also to choose my PhD subject.
But most importantly, I met a lot of incredible people from all around the world (Brazil, the UK, the US, Georgia, India, Italy, to name a few) during the summer school and with whom I am still in touch. They are not only lawyers but also computer scientists or policy makers for instance.
I really recommend the Internet Law Summer School because it will not only give you the opportunity to meet extraordinary people but it will also extend your knowledge in different areas and will bring you more that you might expect. Therefore, if you are interested in any topic related to Internet Law or Internet policies, even if you are not a lawyer, my only advice would be: go for it!
Submitted by Usman Ahmed Khan - Karachi, Pakistan – December 2017
My name is Usman Ahmed Khan. I am currently working as a senior civil Judge in Karachi, Pakistan. I attended the summer school on Internet Law in 2016 and the course really helped me to gain deeper understanding of the governance of the cyber world. This course gave me an in-depth understanding of Internet Law.
I have found the things I learned throughout the course constantly coming up in a workplace setting. This course also equipped me with the ability to explore and understand the issues of the cyber world from an international perspective.
Submitted by Vanya Rakesh, India - December 2017
Participating in the Geneva summer school on internet laws was an invaluable experience. Discussing and studying about key issues encompassing the field with students from across the globe and experts from organisations like WIPO, ITU, ICRC, etc. Paved way for me in this domain and helped me evolve as a technology and internet laws enthusiast. I could take back home fond memories and a great learning experience.
Submitted by Ana Cristina Carvalho - Waterloo, ON Canada - | March 24, 2017
You will not regret!
The University of Geneva has the best summer course on internet law, covering a broad range of topics under an international approach, as well as discussing domestic legislations from different countries. The professors have a terrific reputation and come from international organizations, institutes and universities all over the world. The methodology adopted in this course allows students from different levels, since graduation until post-doctorate, to discuss about Internet Law and to get important research sources to develop future works in the area. The group project on practising cyberlaw, under the coordination of Professor Chris Bavitz, was surely one of the highlights, bringing us a very practical approach of the topics discussed over the two weeks. Besides making new friends and a great networking, we left Geneva with a valuable knowledge in areas such as Internet Governance, Contract Law, Competition Law, Human Rights, Intellectual Property and Data Protection. (GoAbroad Review)
Submitted by S M - - | March 25, 2017
Great exposure and a wonderful community
I had heard about the GSS Internet Law programme from a friend, who spoke so highly of its course structure, speakers and fellow attendees that I had no doubts in considering it to be a worthwhile course. Today I too recommend it to any person interested in the field of internet law. I appreciate the breadth of our exposure provided by the course as well as the fact that speakers are from different backgrounds, including policy, education and business. The organisers were helpful and always there to address our concerns, being especially understanding with respect to financial aid. It was wonderful meeting so many other attendees from across the world with an interest in this field and hearing their views on the subject. (GoAbroad Review)
Unbelievable School with the best experts in different fields and wonderful atmosphere. (Facebook Review)