Paul Fehlinger

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Affiliation: Internet & Jurisdiction Project
Country: France
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Paul Fehlinger is the Co-Founder and Deputy Director of the global multistakeholder policy network Internet & Jurisdiction[1].

Internet & Jurisdiction

Internet & Jurisdiction is the global multistakeholder policy network addressing the tension between the cross-border Internet and national jurisdictions. It facilitates a global policy process to enable transnational cooperation and preserve the global character of the Internet. Founded in 2012, the policy network engages key entities from different stakeholder groups around the world. Internet & Jurisdiction helps 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.[2]

Global Internet Governance

Paul spoke, among others, at the UN Internet Governance Forum[3], EuroDIG[4], OECD[5] and the Council of Europe[6]. He was appointed to the Advisory Network of the Global Commission on Internet Governance chaired by Carl Bildt[7] and to the Working Group on the Rule of Law of the Freedom Online Coalition[8]. Paul is also a participant in the Committee of experts on cross-border flow of Internet traffic and Internet freedom at the Council of Europe[9] and in the World Economic Forum's Future of the Internet Initiative.

His comments on the future of Internet Governance were featured in Fortune Magazine[10], Slate[11], the Swiss Neue Züricher Zeitung[12], the German Die Zeit[13], Internet Policy Review[14], Council on Foreign Relations[15], Deutschlandfunk[16] and by the Freedom Online Coalition[17], among others.

Prior to co-founding Internet & Jurisdiction, Paul wanted to become a journalist and got hands-on experience by working for a political news broadcaster in Berlin and an international radio station in Paris.


Paul specialized in Internet politics and new modes of global governance at Sciences Po Paris (Master in International Relations) and the Max Planck Institute for the Study of Societies. He was a scholar of the German National Merit Foundation (Studienstiftung). Paul also holds a BA in European Studies from Maastricht University and a degree in French Studies from the Sorbonne. [1]


Paul speaks English, French and German.[1]