Legal aspects of digital data

In the European Union and especially in Switzerland, researchers are fortunate to be able to rely on laws to protect their data and research products. But, as with all laws, it is not only necessary to know them, but above all to comply with them in order to benefit from them as much as possible, as well as to be aware of their limits. Based on practical examples with space for questions, this workshop is intended to be short (1h30) and concrete. At the end of the workshop, the young researchers will have a global and up‑to‑date view of the current legal context applying on data and research led in Switzerland, with an overview of future trends.


  • Understand the current national and international legal rules applying to research and research data;
  • Know how to apply them to my own data and productions in my research field;
  • Be aware of the future trends in laws on research and research data.


  • IP rights
  • Data protection and confidential information
  • Challenges for the future


  • The workshop is free and open to PhD students and postdocs from the UNIGE and IHEID

Practical information

  • Number of participants: 60 (min. 8);
  • Languages: English;
  • A certificate of attendance will be issued at the end of the module.


  • Hélène Bruderer holds a Doctorate in law from the University of Geneva, and is qualified as a Certified Information Privacy Professional/Europe (CIPP‑E). She is currently an attorney‑at‑law on the IP/IT team of the top-tier law firm Homburger AG, in Zurich. In parallel, she also conducts scientific research on digital law as an affiliated researcher at the Digital Law Center of the University of Geneva. Her research fields are focused on privacy, health data, and youth protection in the online world. During her Ph.D., she worked as a teaching and research assistant to Jacques de Werra, Prof. Irene Calboli, and Prof. Philippe Ducor. She conducted part of her doctoral research at the Harvard Law School and the Center for Information and Innovation Law at the University of Copenhagen.
  • Margot Duvoisin holds a Bachelor’s degree in law (2017) and a Master’s degree in law (2021) (University of Geneva, with a stay in Brussels). As an alumna of the Law Clinic on the Rights of Vulnerable Persons, a master’s seminar at the University of Geneva dealing with human rights from a practical perspective, she worked on the rights of unaccompanied minors in Switzerland and individual’s rights in front of the police. In parallel to her studies, she worked in 2021 as a research assistant to Professor Yaniv Benhamou in the framework of the interdisciplinary course "Understanding the digital". Since January 2022, she has joined the Digital Law Center where she is a research and teaching assistant to Professors Yaniv Benhamou and Jacques de Werra. Her research interests include human rights, data protection, social media, inclusiveness, digital discrimination and social bias.

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 Arik Levy


 Hélène Bruderer

 Margot Voisin