Clarisse Girot


Clarisse is recognised as one of the most seasoned data privacy law experts in Asia and has a unique expertise in the area of the regulation of international data flows.

She is also a well-known figure in the world of data protection globally, having been involved in major international cases in data protection and privacy.

Clarisse is currently a senior fellow at the Asian Business Law Institute (ABLI), a legal think tank which initiates and conducts projects that promote the convergence of business laws in Asia. Since 2017, she has been leading ABLIS’ Data Privacy Project on the convergence of regulations on cross-border data flows in Asia, in coordination with a unique network of experts in governments, data protection commissions, industry, international organisations. In this capacity, Clarisse closely monitors legal developments in countries which are currently building or reviewing their data protection frameworks, including under the influence of EU GDPR, and in the context of ‘adequacy’ negotiations with the EU. In March 2021, Clarisse was appointed as a member of the Global Reference Panel of the Global Privacy Assembly.

Prior to relocating to Singapore, Clarisse was based in Paris where she acted as Counsellor to the President of the French Data Protection Authority (CNIL) and Chair of the group of European DPAs (now EDPB). From 2004 to 2008, she was head of CNIL’s department of International Affairs.

Clarisse graduated from the Law Faculty of the University of Paris-II in 1994. She holds a Magister Juris from the University of Oxford and a PhD from the University of Tilburg in the Netherlands.

She is a member of various networks in Asia and Europe and is a frequent speaker at international conferences.