Fundamental Rights
in the digital age

A practical handbook

Focus Digitalization

Societies all over the world are facing profound changes due to the progressing digital transformation. Robotics, Artificial Intelligence, Big Data, or Internet of Things are only a few examples of digitalization.

The project aims at creating a handbook about the fundamental rights in a digitized society, as the fast progressing digitalization affects people’s most central fundamental rights in many ways and areas of life.

The handbook will serve as a graspable tool for those who are interested in identifying

  • the areas of our daily lives in which fundamental rights may be affected,
  • the legal claims that might be derived from that, and
  • the specific courses of action that people can take in case they are affected.


The handbook is divided into two sections:

  • A general section provides information about a number of important new IT-technologies in different areas of life.

    A connection to the fundamental rights under the Constitution and the European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR) is then established by examining and explaining the relevance of fundamental rights for digital technologies.

  • A practical section presents some case studies to exemplify why fundamental rights are important when using digital technologies, and how to respond in case that any fundamental rights are being violated.

Team of Authors

The handbook will be compiled under the leadership of Prof. Christine Kaufmann from the University of Zurich, in cooperation with the Center for Information Technology, Society and Law (ITSL), University of Zurich, and the Digital Society Initiative (DSI), University of Zurich.


Swiss Centre of Expertise in Human Rights (SCHR), Bern.

The Hirschmann-Foundation is supporting the project with a fund of CHF 99,000 from 2020 to 2021.