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Bertil Cottier


Full professor and former Dean of the Faculty of Communication Sciences.

Studied law at the University of Lausanne and at the School of Law of Columbia University (New York).

Worked as court reporter for the newspaper "24 Heures" (1977-1983), then as staff legal advisor for the media law and data protection units of the Federal Office of Justice (Bern, 1984-1987). From 1987 to 2005, deputy director of the Swiss Institute of Comparative Law. From 2004 to 2006, director of the advanced studies program on law, criminality and security of new technologies (Universities of Lausanne and Geneva).

From 2006 to present Associate Professor at the Law Faculty of the University of Lausanne (Internet Governance) and visiting professor at the Academy of Journalism of the University of Neuchâtel.

Editor of Medialex (Swiss journal of communication law) and of sui generis (Swiss online law review). Member of the board of the Swiss communication law forum.

Member of the European Commission against Racism and Intolerance (ECRI)

Consultant for the Council of Europe, the Centre for the Democratic Control of Armed Forces, the OSCE and the Federal Department of foreign affairs on issues of data protection and freedom of information (missions in Ukraine, Georgia, Armenia, Moldova, Albania, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Egypt, Tunisia, Palestine, Morocco, as well as conferences in Algeria, Montenegro and Lebanon)


Argomenti di ricerca:
- trasparenza della pubblica autorità;
- statuto legale radio-TV;
- Internet governance / paradisi digitali;
- protezione dei dati e new technologies

Research topics:
- transparency of public authorities;
- legal status of radio and television;
- Internet governance / digital paradises;
- data protection and new technologies

Competence areas