The cross-border nature of the Internet has generated unprecedented economic, social, and political benefits for humanity; however, tensions concerning the application of national laws on the global Internet are increasing.

In response to a pressing need for more collaboration among all actors to preserve the global character of the Internet, the Global Internet and Jurisdiction Conference gathered key senior participants from governments, businesses, technical operators, civil society, academia, and international organizations to specifically address the issue of jurisdiction for the first time on a global level.

The Conference of the global multistakeholder policy network Internet & Jurisdiction built on progress achieved since 2012 and provided a unique opportunity to take stock of the current state of jurisdiction on the Internet.

The objectives of the Global Internet and Jurisdiction Conference were to build trust between the different stakeholders, to bridge policy silos, and to enable multistakeholder cooperation. It aimed to catalyze the development of shared cooperation frameworks and policy standards that are as transnational as the Internet itself in order to promote legal interoperability and establish due process across borders.

Institutional supporters of the Conference were the OECD, European Commission, UNESCO, Council of Europe, the Slovak 2016 Presidency of the Council of the EU, and ICANN. It took place at the Ministerial Conference Center provided by the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs.


Institutional Supporters

Opening Speakers

Carl Bildt Former Swedish Prime Minister, Chair of the Global Commission on Internet Governance Bio
Douglas Frantz Deputy Secretary-General, OECD Bio
Frank La Rue Assistant Director-General Communication and Information, UNESCO Bio
Nicklas Lundblad Vice President, Public Policy and Government Relations EMEA, Google Bio
Nnenna Nwakanma Africa Regional Coordinator, World Wide Web Foundation Bio


Internet & Jurisdiction is grateful to the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs for providing the Ministerial Conference Center as the venue for the 2016 Global Internet and Jurisdiction Conference.

French Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Discussants Included:

Chinmayi Arun Executive Director, Centre for Communication Governance, National Law University, Delhi Bio
Maria Ines Baqué Secretary of Innovation, Ministry of Modernization, Argentina Bio
Erin Dorgan Director, International Telecommunications Policy and Coordination, Department of Innovation, Science and Economic Development, Canada Bio
Benedicto Fonseca Filho Director, Department of Scientific and Technological Affairs, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Brazil Bio
Thomas Fitschen Director of International Cyber Policy, Federal Foreign Office, Germany Bio
Elfa Yr Gylfadottir Director, Media Commission, Ministry of Communications, Iceland Bio
Gianfranco Incarnato Deputy Director General for Political Affairs and Security, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Italy Bio
Tarek Kamel Senior Advisor to the President for Government Engagement, ICANN Bio
Rebecca MacKinnon Director, Ranking Digital Rights, New America Foundation Bio
Brad Marden Assistant Director Digital Crime Investigative Support, INTERPOL Bio
Corynne McSherry Legal Director, Electronic Frontier Foundation Bio
Dunja Mijatović Representative on Freedom of the Media, OSCE Bio
Paul Mitchell Senior Director, Tech Policy, Microsoft Bio
Paul Nemitz Director, Fundamental Rights and Citizenship, Directorate General for Justice and Consumers (DG JUST), European Commission Bio
Christopher Painter Coordinator for Cyber Issues, State Department, USA Bio
Nii Quaynor Chairman, Ghana National Information Technology Agency Bio
Megan Richards Principal Adviser, DG CONNECT, European Commission Bio
Nicolas de Riviere Director General for Political Affairs and Security, French Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Development Bio
Marietje Schaake Member, European Parliament Bio
Carlos Affonso Souza Director, Institute for Technology and Society (ITS Rio) Bio
Lawrence E. Strickling Assistant Secretary for Communications and Information, Department of Commerce, USA Bio
Elvana Thaçi Head of Internet Standard-Setting Unit, Council of Europe Bio

Enabling Multistakeholder Cooperation


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