Dr. Rehana Harasgama

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Rehana Harasgama is an expert in domestic and international data protection law and also advises clients on media and technology law as well as other regulatory topics such as banking and finance (FinTech) and life sciences.

Rehana Harasgama advises clients on complex data protection and privacy questions, such as major cross-border disclosure requests, the adoption and implementation of privacy-by-design in new technologies and business models, the implementation of data breach response plans and the handling of employee personal data. She regularly holds internal and external training sessions and seminars in data protection law, in particular on the revision of the Swiss Data Protection Act as well as other current developments in her field of expertise.

In the past, Rehana Harasgama worked at one of the big four focusing on compliance with the EU GDPR and the implementation of new processes under the EU GDPR for EU and Swiss companies, where she also was part of the team of the internal data protection officer.

Rehana Harasgama is a lecturer at the Hochschule für Wirtschaft Zurich (HWZ) and from February 2021 at the University of St. Gallen (HSG) where she teaches data protection law. She also regularly publishes articles, newsletters and briefings.

LanguesGerman, English
  • Lecturer, Datenschutz im digitalen Markt, University of St. Gallen (as of 2021)
  • Lecturer, CAS Datenschutz und Datensicherheit, Hochschule für Wirtschaft (HWZ) (since 2020)
  • Associate at Bär & Karrer (since 2019)
  • Admission to the Zurich Bar (2019)
  • Tutor, Independent Studies Private Law (English), University of St. Gallen (2017-2019)
  • University of St. Gallen: PhD in Law (2017)
  • Trainee at a business law firm in Zurich (2016-2017)
  • Consultant, General Counsel Office, Data Protection Officer at a leading auditing company in Zurich (2015-2016)
  • Research stay at Harvard Law School, Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society, USA (2014)
  • Research Assistant at the Research Center for Information Law, University of St. Gallen (2013-2015)
  • University of St. Gallen: M.A. HSG in Law (2013)
  • York University, Osgoode Hall Law School, Canada: Exchange semester (2012)
  • University of St. Gallen: B.A. HSG in Law (2010)
Associations et fonctions publiques
  • Swiss Bar Association (SAV/FSA)
  • Zurich Bar Association (ZAV)
  • Swiss Lawyers' Society (SJV)
  • International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP)
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