Senior Copyright Counsel and Head of Copyright Team
Cedric Manara is Google's Copyright Global Head of Legal. He joined Google in 2013 and is based in Paris.
Prior to joining Google, Cedric was a consultant for e-commerce companies and law firms.
Cedric has been working on internet-related legal issues ever since he wrote his Master thesis on this area in 1995 . French newspaper Le Monde commented that he is a "key personality of the digital economy".
An expert in intellectual property, Cedric was an invited researcher at the Institute of Intellectual Property in Tokyo. The Journal of Intellectual Property Law and Practice wrote he is "one of the liveliest and most influential intellectual property educators and opinion-makers to emerge from France in recent years". He has written an authoritative book on domain names (LexisNexis, 2012), a book on electronic commerce law (Lextenso, 2013) and edited one on social networks & law (Diateino, 2013). In 2010, he received a Google Research Award.
Cedric has extensive experience in academia. He was a tenured professor at the EDHEC Business School (France) from 1999 to 2013.
He has also had stints at Temple University Beasley School of Law in Philadelphia, the Facoltà di Giurisprudenza, Università degli Studi di Salerno (Italy) and the Facoltà di Giurisprudenza, Libera Università Internazionale degli Studi Sociali (LUISS, Rome). He also worked in Finland (affiliate researcher at the IPR University Center) from September 2010 to April 2011.
From 2000 to 2013 Cedric was the head columnist for Dalloz, a prominent French law publisher, for which he was in charge of the electronic commerce section.
Cedric was a panelist to the Czech Arbitration Court (both for UDRP and ADR .eu Disputes), the Kuala-Lumpur Regional Center for Arbitration, and an third-party Decider to the Belgian Centre for Mediation and Arbitration. He has brought in as an expert to intergovernmental, European or French institutions.