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The International Legal Research Group on Internet Censorship

An International Legal Research Group is a comparative research project in which students and young lawyers across ELSA’s 44 member countries carry out research on a specified topic in order to make their findings publicly available in a report. ELSA’s International LRGs are professionally typeset and published by Wolf Legal Publishers.

The International Legal Research Group on Internet Censorship will focus on the balance between freedom of expression online and the protection of privacy, IP-rights, legitimacy of information etc. through takedown procedures. The researchers will look into as well private as public regulation and also touch upon the legal consequences of the LegalTech involved in takedown procedures.



The ILRG will focus on Internet Censorship as the balance between safeguarding freedom of expression online and surveilling internet users to protect other rights.


The ILRG is part of ELSA’s international campaign for freedom of expression online.


The ILRG is supervised by experts in the field and will be professionally typeset and published thus providing an opportunity to be cited by other students and professionals.


National Research Groups

Within the National Research Groups, there are positions for:

i. National Researchers who conduct the research

ii. Technical Editors who edit footnotes, style etc.

iii. Linguistic Editors who proofread the reports and ensure the uniform use of nomenclature.

After the application phase, the National Coordinator selects their team.

National Coordinators and Academic Board

National Coordinators are responsible for the overall coordination of the research in a respective country. The National Coordinator is in charge of communication between the National Research Groups and the International Coordination Team.

The National Research Group will be supervised by the National Academic Board (member) consisting of legal practitioners and/or academics who are experts in the field.

International Coordination Team

The International Coordination Team coordinates the research among the participating countries, facilitates communication with the Academic Board and ensures the uniform and professional outlook of the Final Report. The Coordination Team consists of:

i. The International  Coordinator takes care of the applications, allocations of teams and the general management.

ii. The International Linguistic Editor assists the International Board in finalising the report by ensuring the uniform use of correct terminology.

iii. The International Technical Editor assists the International Board in finalising the report by ensuring a professional outlook.

Academic Board

The Academic Board of the International Legal Research Group develops the Academic Framework of the research and provides substantive feedback to the National Research Groups.