Dr Rotem Medzini

Postdoc Research Fellow

Käte Hamburger Kolleg / Centre for Global Cooperation Research
Schifferstraße 44
47059 Duisburg

Phone: +49 (0)203 379-5230
Fax: +49 (0)203 379-5276
E-Mail: medzini@gcr21.uni-due.de



Hebrew University of Jerusalem

The Federmann School of Public Policy and Government & the Federmann Cyber Security Research Center

Postdoctoral and research fellow

10/2015 - 07/2021

The Federmann School of Public Policy and Government and the Federmann Cyber Security Research Center

Doctoral candidate and research fellow

10/2013 - 07/2014

Stanford University

Stanford Law School

JSM Candidate and SPILS Fellow

10/2012 - 10/2016

University of Haifa

The Haifa Center for Law and Technology

Research fellow

08/2010 - 02/2012

The Department of Justice, State of Israel

The Israeli Law, Information and Technology Authority (the Israeli data protection authority)

Legal Clerk

Seminars and Conferences

  • 2021: The 16th annual Internet Governance Forum, participant in: IGF 2021 WS #198 The Challenges of Online Harms: Can AI moderate Hate Speech?, 6-10 December 2021, Katowice, Poland.
  • 2021: GigaNet Annual Symposium 2021, “Privacy by debate: A content analysis of post Cambridge Analytica congressional hearings” (with Dmitry Epstein), 6 December, 2021, Virtual Conference.
  • 2021: International Workshop on Governing "European values" inside data flows, presenting: “Governing European values in the shadow of hierarchy: data protection codes of conduct and certification via enhanced self-regulation,” 29 January, 2021, the Amsterdam Centre for European Studies (ACES) and the Institute for Information Law (IViR), the University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands.
  • 2019: Emerging Scholars' Workshop on Power Sharing or Power Shifts? Examining the role of public-private interactions in global governance, presenting: "Enhanced Self-Regulation via Regulatory Intermediation: Facebook Content Governance and the Publicness Dilemma," 28 November 2019, Technical University of Munich, The School of Governance, Germany.
  • 2019: Hate Speech Online Workshop, presenting: Dealing with Hate Speech on Social Media: A Policy Study, Co-speaker (with Dr Tehilla Shwartz Altshuler): 11 April 2019, University of California, Irvine School of Law.
  • 2018:  Global Internet Governance Academic Network (GigaNet), 2018 Annual Symposium, presenting: From national to transnational private regulation of/by European data protection officers as regulatory intermediaries. Speaker: 15 November 2018, Paris, France.
  • 2018:  European Consortium for Political Research, 2018 General Conference, presenting: Regulatory Intermediaries in the European Data Protection Regime: How, Why, and to What Effect? Speaker: 23 August 23 2018, Hamburg, Germany.
  • 2017:  The Annenberg School for Communication at the University of Pennsylvania and the Programme for Comparative Media Law and Policy at the University of Oxford (PCMLP), presenting: The European Union's Internet governance: Policy Instruments and Regulatory Strategies. Speaker: 4 July, 2017, Oxford University, U.K.


  • Member of the Jerusalem Forum on Regulation & Governance, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem
  • Member of the Global Internet Governance Academic Network (GigaNet)


Dr Rotem Medzini joined the research group 'Legitimation and delegitimation in global cooperation' in January 2022 and will be a Postdoc Research Fellow at the Centre until December 2022.

Research Project at the Centre

Enhanced self-regulation in data governance

The emergence of new information technologies, which use algorithms to improve decision-making, offers big promises and new challenges. For many stakeholders the new information technologies are a powerful and exciting instrument of decision-making and improved regulation. They see the potential of algorithms to identify patterns in massive volumes of data and subsequently augment and even fully replace human-based decision-making. At the same time, more and more academics, civil activists, and politicians have also called to make these emerging information technologies the subject of regulation as algorithms are considered opaque, biased, and privacy invasive. A plurality of solutions is being proposed in the literature and government policies to regulate these emerging information technologies.

This research project demonstrates that a new category of self-regulation policies emerges and terms them as “enhanced self-regulation”. Policymakers and organizations apply these policies to grant agency and delegate responsibilities to actors with unique capacities and skillsets. They consequently make them into regulatory intermediaries – actors that are neither policymakers nor regulated organizations yet have a vital role in the regulatory process. This research project answer two interrelated questions regarding these new policies of enhanced self-regulation: first, how do enhanced self-regulatory regimes for governing emerging information technologies emerge? Second, what are the similarities and differences in the regulatory design of these enhanced self-regulatory regimes in addressing the challenges of emerging information technologies? Answering these questions can advance our understanding of the polycentric nature of data governance.

Research Interests

  • Regulation governance
  • Internet and data governance
  • Strategies of self-regulation
  • Regulatory intermediation
  • The political economy and governance of new and traditional media

Expertise and Consulting Work

  • Lexidale, An International Policy Consulting, Principal Investigator; primarily comparison studies of media, internet, and cybersecurity policies
  • Israel Democracy Institute, The Program for Democracy in the Information Age, Researcher at the Combating Hate-Crimes and Xenophobia on Social Networks project
  • The Privacy, Ethical, Regulatory and Social No-gate crossing point solutions Acceptance (PERSONA) project, a European Union's Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 787123, External Advisory Board Member


  • The Cyber Law Program, The Federmann Cyber Security Center, The Law Faculty & Rachel and Selim Benin School of Computer Science and Engineering in conjunction with the Israel National Cyber Directorate, the fellowship program for doctorate students
  • Antwerp Consortium on the Organization of Rulemaking and Multi-level Governance in Europe, The Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence, the University of Antwerp, fellowship for short research visits for PhD scholars
  • The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, The Federmann School of Public Policy and Government Multiyear Excellence Scholarship for PhD candidates


Medzini, Rotem (2021). Governing the shadow of hierarchy: enhanced self-regulation in European data protection codes and certifications. Internet Policy Review, 10(3), 1-29. doi.org/10.14763/2021.3.1577.

Medzini, Rotem (2021). Credibility in enhanced self‐regulation: The case of the European data protection regime. Policy & Internet, 13(3), 366-384. doi.org/10.1002/poi3.251.

Medzini, Rotem (2021). Enhanced self-regulation: The case of Facebook's content governance. New Media & Society. doi.org/10.1177/1461444821989352.

Medzini, Rotem (2019). The European Data Protection Regimes: From Principles to Processes [in Hebrew], Law, Society & Culture (Michael Birnhack, ed.).

Medzini, Rotem (2015). Prometheus Bound: A historical content analysis of information regulation in Facebook, Journal of High Technology Law, Vol. XVI, No. 1.5, 195-293.

Levi-Faur, David, Kariv-Teitelbaum, Yael, and Medzini, Rotem (2021). Regulatory governance: history, theories, strategies, and challenges. In Oxford Research Encyclopedia of Politics, (Guy B. P. & Ian T, eds.). New York: Oxford University Press, , May 26, doi.org/10.1093/acrefore/9780190228637.013.1430.

Medzini, Rotem and Shwartz Altshuler, Tehilla (2019). Dealing with hate speech on social media: a policy study, A Democracy in the Information Age Project, Israel Democracy Institute.

Medzini, Rotem (2019). Privacy is last made, but first planned [in Hebrew]. Parliament. Israel Democracy Institute.