Digital Law (formerly Internet Law)
Study Digital Law in Geneva, where the World Wide Web was born!
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 group projects 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, Canada, China, Egypt, Estonia, Finland, France, Georgia, Germany, India, Israel, Italy, Jordan, Lithuania, Moldova, Nigeria, Oman, Pakistan, Peru, Romania, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Spain, Thailand, the Netherlands, the UK, the US and Ukraine.
The summer school includes an exciting social programme, with excursions and social gatherings, 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!
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 our Regulations.
Please note: changes to the draft program may be made at any time prior to the start of the course.
Early Bird Deadline 15 February 2020:
Final Deadline 15 April 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
Professor Jacques de Werra
Faculty of Law, University of Geneva
Jacques de Werra is professor of contract law and intellectual property law at the Law School of the University of Geneva, Switzerland. He was Vice-Rector of the university digital strategy among others. He was Faculty Fellow/Faculty Associate of the Berkman Center for Internet and Society at Harvard University. He authored a doctoral thesis in Swiss and comparative copyright law which he completed as a visiting scholar at the Max-Planck Institute for Intellectual Property, Competition and Tax Law in Munich in 1996. He then practiced law in Switzerland, before obtaining an LL.M. degree from Columbia Law School in New York City in 2001 and being admitted to the New York bar in 2002.
Jacques researches, publishes and speaks on topics related to various aspects of intellectual property law, contract law, particularly on the commercialization of intellectual property assets by way of transfer of technology, licensing and franchising, IT and Internet Law, as well as on alternative dispute resolution mechanisms for IP and technology disputes. He is the coordinator of the WIPO - University of Geneva Summer school on Intellectual Property for the University of Geneva. Jacques is the editor of a scientific books series, propriété intellectuelle - intellectual property, in which the proceedings of annual intellectual property law conferences held at the University of Geneva are published (journées de droit de la propriété intellectuelle).
Dr. Yaniv Benhamou
Faculty of Law, University of Geneva
Yaniv Benhamou (PhD, Attorney-at-Law, Lecturer at the University of Geneva) specializes in Intellectual Property, Data Protection and Art Law. He regularly advises private companies and public authorities with regard to Intellectual Property, Data Protection, Entertainment Law and Technology Law (including Big Data and Artificial Intelligence).
Besides his legal practice, Yaniv works at the University of Geneva, where he teaches the class "Data Protection in the Digital Economy" and is in charge of institutional missions relating to the digital transformation. He is also executive director of the Internet Law Summer School . He is appointed expert by WIPO for museums and copyright, author of the WIPO report on copyright practices and challenges of museums and co-author of the WIPO guide on Big Data and IP (forthcoming). He is also member of the board of directors of the Art-Law Centre Geneva. He was recently Visiting Researcher at the Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University (2018) as well as the Centre for Media and Communications Law at Melbourne University (2016).
In addition to these legal activities, he is involved in associative and cultural activities in the field of Art and Music, in particular he co-founded lab-of-arts and Artists Rights, free legal consultations for Swiss artists (i.e. Swiss volunteering lawyers for the arts).
The schedule for 2020 will be uploaded soon.
Fabio Aspis, Brazil, Internet Law Summer School 2019
We [...] had the opportunity to interact and learn from different
perspectives [...] such as by journalists and
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.
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!
César Augusto Fontanillo López, Spain, Internet Law Summer School 2019
Internet Law Summer School provided the participants with better insights
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.
Adrien Buensod, Geneva, Internet Law Summer School 2018
It was a pleasure to attend this summer course...
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.
Irmak Erdogan, Turkey, Internet Law Summer School 2018
... we had the best time in the beautiful city of Geneva.
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.
Clémence Segenreich, France, Internet Law Summer School 2018
I will do it again, for sure !
Attending the Internet L@w Geneva Summer School during the Summer 2018 was a real enriching experience for me.
Those 2 weeks were a perfect opportunity to combine the discovery of a new fascinating issue within the legal constellation, to increase my personal competences in terms of operational business analysis, planning and decision taking in a team as well as to allow me to create and share experience within a network of lovely people from all walks of life, with a strong group identification.
Organisation was excellent, schedule and topics were very diversified : a 2-week stay with classic courses, conferences, seminaries, meeting with professionals and free time to work on personal projects or enjoy the wonderful city and Swiss culture of Geneva.
As a consequence, I fully recommend this summer school for those who want to improve their skills on that specific topic of internet law or just for those eager to have more than one string to their bow ! Courses are suitable for everybody thanks to a tailored range of topics going from the introductory course to the specialization course in more specific areas.
I will do it again, for sure !
Fernando Ravelo Guillen, Spain, Internet Law Summer School 2018
The program was well organised
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.
Adriana Sarkis, Brazil, Internet Law Summer School 2018
It is really worth it and I strongly recommend!
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.
Vagisha Priya Srivastava, India, Internet Law Summer School 2018
You will not come out the same as you went in!
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.
Aye Al-Jarrah, Switzerland, Internet Law Summer School 2018
Don’t hesitate and go for it!
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
Ana Maria Draganuta, Romania, Internet law Summer School 2018
I highly recommend it...
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.
Ana Andrijevic – Switzerland - Internet Law Summer School 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!
Usman Ahmed Khan - Pakistan – Internet Law Summer School 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.
Vanya Rakesh - India - Internet Law Summer School 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.
Ana Cristina Carvalho - Waterloo, ON Canada - Internet Law Summer School 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 developfuture works in the area. The group project on practising cyber law,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)
S M - Internet Law Summer School 2016
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)