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Visit of the Newly Appointed Ambassador to Japan at UZH Enhances Bilateral Relations Between UZH and Japan

Roger Dubach, an expert in digital legal issues and deputy director in the Directorate of International Law at FDFA in Bern, who is appointed Swiss Ambassador to Japan, held discussions on digital issues and on the higher education landscape in Switzerland and Japan.

Accompanied by Flavia von Meiss from the Section Public International Law at FDFA, Roger Dubach met with UZH’s Vice President Christian Schwarzenegger, Kyoko Marumo Suzuki from the Science and Technology Office in Tokyo and Tiffany Merz-Cheok from Global Affairs. Based on his current role, in which Roger Dubach is highly committed to digital issues in international law, the discussion delved into current digital landscape and future prospects in Switzerland and Japan and explored further opportunities for collaboration between UZH and Japan.

In terms of digital issues, UZH research actively contributes to shaping digital policy on a national and global scale. One example is the project "A Regulatory Framework for AI", which aims to develop proposals for law-makers in Switzerland, Japan and beyond on how to design their respective legal framework. The project is led by Florent Thouvenin, Chair for Information and Communication Law and Director of the Center for Information Technology, Society, and Law (ITSL), and Peter Picht, Chair for Business, Competition, and Intellectual Property Law; Director of the Center for Intellectual Property and Competition Law (CIPCO).

Strategic partnership with Kyoto University at the basis

The strategic partnership with Kyoto University, established in 2020, has facilitated significant joint research, exemplified by the AI regulatory framework project.

Joint research with UZH strategic partners is eligible for support under the UZH Global Strategy and Partnerships Funding Scheme. Apart from the collaboration on AI regulation, other impactful joint projects explore topics such as the impact of climate change on crops and the potential of stem cells in healthcare and other fields.

Tiffany Merz-Cheok