Data, Human Groups, and Norms: An Exchange on International Law and the Datasphere

On April 5, 2022 the Datasphere Initiative was launched as the world’s first global network of stakeholders fostering a holistic and innovative approach to data governance. Global, multistakeholder and cross-sectoral debate on data is needed to bring nuance and common understanding to the opportunities and challenges that arise when dealing with our interconnected Datasphere. This roundtable will bring together legal practitioners and data policy experts to discuss: (1) Cross-border data challenges for both personal and non personal data and how the concepts “Data Sovereignty” and “Free Flow of Data” are leading to polarization and lack of trust; (2) The current data governance ecosystem as presented in the Datasphere Initiative’s first flagship report “The Datasphere Governance Atlas”; (3) the role that international law can play in generating agile frameworks and regulatory sandboxes to help responsibly unlock the value of data for all and move the international community in the direction of a collaboratively governed Datasphere.


  • Tim Davis, Datasphere Initiative
  • Tracy Sinkamba Faustin, Internet & Jurisdiction Policy Network
  • Bertrand de La Chapelle, Internet & Jurisdiction Policy Network
  • Asaf Lubin (welcome), Indiana University Maurer School of Law
  • Lorrayne Porciuncula, Datasphere Initiative
  • Carolina Rossini (moderator), Boston University
  • Francesco V ogelezang, Open Future Foundation

This session is organized by ASIL’s International Law & Technology Interest Group.