Cyberspace Governance and Multi-stakeholder Diplomacy

Cyberspace Governance and Multi-stakeholder Diplomacy

Friday 2 December 2022
Fri, 2022-12-02 13:00 - 14:30
  • Cyberspace (credits: Shutterstock/KanawatTH)Cyberspace (credits: Shutterstock/KanawatTH)

Why Cyberspace Governance depends on a new Multi-stakeholder Diplomacy


Friday 2 December 2022, 13:00 - 14:30

Room Albert Sorel, 27 rue Saint-Guillaume

Registration is compulsory: register here


An increasingly challenging geopolitical climate is generating a series of new and complex threats from cyberspace. To help keep these threats and conflicts in check, multilateral negotiations are taking place on a continuous basis. Moreover, a new multi-stakeholder digital diplomacy has emerged, whereby experts from industry and civil society and not only diplomats are asked to play a prominent role. This panel will look at the transformative impact that societal stakeholders have brought to state-centred diplomacy.

This event is organized by the Paris School of International Affairs, with the support of Microsoft, as part of an event series on Digital Diplomacy and Digital Sovereignty.



  • Fabian Delcros, Legal Officer (International Data Protection) for the European Commission
  • Florence G'sellProfessor in private law and holder of the Chair in Digital, Governance and Sovereignty at Sciences Po
  • Christian Liflander (joining via zoom), Head of the Cyber Section at NATO


  • Christian LequesneProfessor of European Politics at Sciences Po



Fabian Delcros has an extensive experience practicing and teaching data protection and trade negotiations. He teaches a class on “International Data Regulation: Case Studies And Negotiations” at the Sciences Po’s Masters in Public Policy and in European Affairs as well at the Paris School for International Affairs. During his carrier, Fabian was successively legal officer for the EU Commission in WTO disputes, EU negotiator in Geneva for WTO negotiations, head of the EU Delegation trade services in Brazil, General Electric EU Director for EU Government Affairs; international trade policy consultant for large multinationals and now is responsible for negotiating on international Data Protection issues with the European Commission. Fabian graduated from Sciences Po in 1992 and holds an LLM in international Trade Law from Georgetown University.

Florence G’sell is a professor of private law at the University of Lorraine and leads the Digital, Governance and Sovereignty Chair at Sciences Po. She began her academic career working mainly on tort law, judicial systems and comparative law. For the past several years, she has been working on digital law and in particular on issues related to the regulation of on line platforms, the way law can deal with new technologies (Blockchain, Metaverse), the notion of digital sovereignty and, more generally, digital policies in the EU and the US. She has edited and published several books on digital issues. Florence G’sell is a graduate of Sciences Po and holds the French “agrégation de droit privé et sciences criminelles”.

Christian Lequesne is professor of political science at Sciences Po and was the director of the Center for International Research (CERI). He is also the former director of CEFRES in Prague and was LSE-Sciences Po Alliance Professor at LSE. He is the co-editor of the European Review of International Studies. His current research focuses on the European Union's external action and the sociology of diplomatic practices. His recent publications include La puissance par l’image. Les Etats et leur diplomatie publique (Presses de Sciences Po 2021), The Member States of the European Union (with Simon Bulmer eds, Oxford University Press, 2020), Ethnographie du Quai d'Orsay. Les pratiques des diplomates français (CNRS Éditions, 2020).

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