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 7th 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, 2020: Submissions due
- May 15, 2020: Notification of acceptance
- June 19, 2020: 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_Colloquium2020.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, 2020. 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
Ana Andrijevic, Law School, University of Geneva
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. "
" First, I would like to express my heart-felt thanks to the University of Geneva, for allowing those who have interests into further study regarding Internet law to discuss hot issues and new challenges we are facing in the law area due to the involvement of Internet. Besides, it was also a great honour for me to have the presentation, sharing my recent research concerning online consumer protection with experts and students from Geneva Internet L@w Summer School, I did receive insightful and actionable advices which could therefore support me for my further study in this area. Finally, many thanks to the Hardt Fondation, I did enjoy myself during the colloquium for its natural and peaceful circumstances. Highly recommended for those who have interests in this specific area and are ready to give creative ideas thereof, it would be a non-forgettable experience of your academic life! "
Mohamed Rashid AL BALUSHI
" Delighted to have been given the opportunity to present and discuss my paper with highly skilled experts, commentators, and students. The coffee discussions and challenging questions that followed were both thought-provoking and valuable, which certainly reflected the interest and willingness of the participants to learn more about the multiple topics and matters raised. Finally, the Foundation Hardt's Estate offered a wonderful setting that is inspirational in its own sense. "
" I am happy for the opportunity have participated in the Internet L@w Research Colloquium. Having so many like-minded scholars, interested researchers in the intersection of law and technology – is a rare occasion. The organization behind the scenes was perfect. I sat riveted during presentations on novel and interesting topics. The experience of presenting my own research, hearing feedback both from established professors and new and upcoming scholars, enriched my paper and helped make it better. "
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.”
Magdalena JOZWIAK, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam
“I was delighted with the opportunity to present and discuss my research at the Internet Law Research Colloquium organized by the University of Geneva. The organizers allocate each presenter enough time for thorough analysis of the research question and invite the leading scholars in the field of internet law to comment on each paper. I was very grateful for the insightful feedback I received and also enjoyed the truly international setting of the Colloquium. It was one very memorable day of academic discussion, meeting interesting scholars and enjoying the beautiful surroundings of the Fondation Hardt.”
Guido NOTO LA DIEGA, Northumbria University & Rossana Ducato, CRIDES, UCLouvain
“The Colloquium was a great experience! It was a perfect chance to present the main lines of research of our project and we received very interesting feedback and comments from the participants. The atmosphere of dialogue and discussion among the Internet law scholars, the other speakers, and the students has been really nice and constructive. Furthermore, we have really appreciated the impeccable organisation and the stunning location of the Fondation Hardt.”
Ben SOBEL, Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society, Harvard University
“The 2017 Geneva Internet L@w Colloquium was an excellent opportunity to present my ongoing research on artificial intelligence and copyright law. My project will benefit greatly from the thoughtful feedback I received from discussants and attendees, and the Foundation Hardt made for a scenic and collegial setting. I encourage internet law scholars with works-in-progress to apply!”
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.”
Ivory MILLS, Media, Technology & Society, Northwestern University
“The research colloquium at the Geneva Internet Law summer program was a great opportunity to discuss work in progress and receive valuable feedback from dedicated and thoughtful scholars and practitioners in the field. The discussions were lively and thought-provoking and all of the participants were very engaging!”