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Paul Fehlinger

Internet & Jurisdiction Policy Network
Deputy Executive Director
Paris, France
Paul Fehlinger is the Co-Founder and Deputy Executive Director of the Internet & Jurisdiction Policy Network. The multistakeholder organization engages over 200 key entities around the world from governments, the world’s largest Internet companies, civil society, and international organizations to address the new cross-border legal challenges of the digital 21st century.

His comments on the future of the global internet and the digital economy have been featured, among others, in The Economist, New York Times, Fortune, Politico, Euronews, Slate, Die Zeit, or by the Council on Foreign Relations. He is a regular speaker at international fora, including in the past at the United Nations, OECD, European Commission, Council of Europe, the G7 process, or the WTO.

Politico wrote "Paul Fehlinger isn’t a household name like Mark Zuckerberg. But the Paris-based policy wonk has an ambition that’s just as big and far-reaching as the Facebook chief’s digital empire: fixing the internet."

Paul was appointed as a member of the Advisory Network of the Global Commission on Internet Governance, as well as of the Working Group on Rule of Law of the Freedom Online Coalition. He was also a participant in the Council of Europe's Committee of Experts on Cross-border Flow of Internet Traffic and Internet Freedom, and the World Economic Forum’s Future of the Internet Initiative. Recognising the contribution of the Internet & Jurisdiction Policy Network to global governance, the organization was one of only 40 worldwide initiatives showcased at the Paris Peace Forum, gathering over 80 heads of government and international organisations, with a special session.

Paul holds a Masters of International Relations from Sciences Po Paris and was a scholar of the German National Merit Foundation (Studienstiftung). He was also a visiting researcher at the Max Planck Institute for the Study of Societies and holds a BA in European Studies from Maastricht University.