Richard Swetenham's curriculum vitae

Richard Swetenham's photo At the SAFT conference in Stockholm, October 2003, in a serious mood.

Richard Swetenham in Thailandlooking relaxed at the Dusit Resort Hua Hin, Thailand, New Year 2006


I am Head of the eContent and Safer Internet Unit in the Digital Content and Cognitive Systems Directorate of the Information Society and Media Directorate-General of the European Commission. I have been dealing with the issue of Internet content since mid-1996, when I drafted the Communication on illegal and harmful content in 1996 followed by the Ministerial Declaration of the Bonn Conference on Global Information Networks (the first international conference at a high level dealing with electronic commerce) in 1997. I have been involved with the Safer Internet programme since its inception.

I produce QuickLinks, an electronic newsletter on legal and regulatory issues related to the Information Society as well as developments in market and technology.

Starting more than 35 years ago ...

After studying law at Oxford University, I was called to the English Bar in 1974, did a year's pupillage, and then went to Germany on a program for young foreign lawyers funded by the DAAD. I then studied law in Paris and joined the staff of the Court of Arbitration of the International Chamber of Commerce.

In 1981, I became Legal Secretary to the late Lord Mackenzie Stuart, Judge and then President of the European Court of Justice.

I joined the European Commission in 1987. I joined DG XIII, now the Information Society Directorate-General, in 1994. From 1994 until the beginning of 2000, I was secretary of the Legal Advisory Board, composed of independent experts in information law.

Contact details:

European Commission, Information Society DG
mail: EUFO 1193, L-2920 LUXEMBOURG
phone: +352 4301 32400 Fax: +352 4301 34079
e-mail: richard.swetenham AT

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