Legal Affairs

The Legal Affairs office provides EPFL’s middle and upper management with expert legal support. We are involved in the School’s strategic projects, ensuring they comply with all applicable legal requirements. We also play a role in drafting agreements, anticipating changes to the law and raising awareness of legal issues, as well as in conflict and risk management.

Other services include publishing laws and directives that apply to EPFL, drawing up new directives, and overseeing the development of new applications (such as for electronic signatures and managing contracts).

The Director of Legal Affairs, who is attached to the General Secretary, coordinates a legal network made up of lawyers specialising in the following fields:

  • The Legal services of the Vice Presidency for Academic Affairs (VPA) aims to provide legal support to VPA units in their activities related to education, research and technology transfer. Their mission is to provide information on the law, guidelines and procedures applicable to the activities of the EPFL, to establish appropriate legal frameworks for collaboration with external partners (public or private), to prevent legal problems from arising and to provide objective and relevant advice or counsel in order to assist EPFL faculty, students and researchers in achieving their teaching, research and technology transfer objectives.
  • The objective of the lawyers in the Human Resources department is to ensure the legal compliance of EPFL’s Human Resources policies and practices. Their mission is to inform and educate the EPFL community regarding the laws, policies and processes applicable to staff, to prevent conflicts and to help resolve difficult situations. HR lawyers also support proceedings before the higher authorities and help with implementing all of the processes established by Human Resources.

Data Protection Officer, who is administratively attached to the Legal Affairs unit, is responsible for assisting the EPFL in complying with the legal requirements relating to data protection. That person informs and raises awareness among staff of their obligations in this regard. He or she serves as the point of contact for persons wishing to exercise their data protection rights.




Legal Affairs:

Françoise Chardonnens : Director of Legal Affairs

Sonia Gander Henguely : Deputy of Director of Legal Affairs

Chiara Tanteri : Data protection Officer

Daniel Pose : Senior Legal Counsel

Géraldine Guédon : Administrative Assistant

David Gozel : Project Manager


Legal Affairs for the Vice Presidency for Academics Affairs

Legal Counsel for the Domain of Education

Denise Flury Poffet: Legal Counsel

Frédéric George: Legal Counsel

Floriane Piguet: Legal Counsel

Legal Counsel for the Domain of Technology Transfer

Beatriz Burgos Lorenzo: Legal Counsel

Agathe Chamary: Legal Counsel

Valentin Conrad: Legal Counsel

Tania Germond: Legal Counsel

Hervé Ghellaï: Legal Counsel

Melissa Magnenat: Head of Unit

Maryam Meylan: Legal Counsel

Annapoorni Sitaraman: Legal Counsel


Legal Counsels for Human Resources:

Sylvie Randin: Senior Legal Counsel

Agnieszka Olluri: Senior Legal Counsel


Data Protection Officer

Chiara Tanteri: Data protection officer


Related services

Unit accreditation

All the information concerning the accreditation and administration of EPFL units.

Compliance Guide

Main rules, practices and values governing EPFL



Géraldine Guédon
BS 248
Station 4
CH-1015 Lausanne
Tél: +41 (0) 21 693 24 64

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