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Laurie Silvers & Mitchell Rubenstein Distinguished Professor of Law

University of Miami School of Law, Rm. G-382
+1 (305) 284-4285
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Current Interests

Current Writing

  • Artificial Intelligence (AI), especially as applied to health and other professions
  • Privacy Theory
  • RTBF, US-style
  • Robot regulation and standardization
  • Privacy and technology, including the Internet, big data, cryptography

Recent or Future Writing & Projects

  • Surveillance
  • Anonymity
  • Regulation of Drones

Founding & Editing

Fellow & Advisor


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Fall 2019

  • On Leave

    I will not be teaching in Fall 2019.

Spring 2020

I probably will not be teaching in Spring 2020. If I do, I’ll be teaching one or both of these classes remotely:

  • Robot Law & AI (3 credits) Room & Time: TBA

    Course Description
    We will consider how the legal system responds to new technology. Most of our attention will be on issues arising from very recent developments in Artificial Intelligence and from Robotics, but the law’s reaction to other technologies, ranging from the telegraph and the railroad to the Internet, will make their appearances too.

    Grading will be based on class participation, including a presentation, and a final exam.

  • Privacy and Data Protection (3 credits) Room & Time: TBA

    Course Description.
    US Privacy law is in a period of ferment and change. States have led the way, first in tort law, and now with 49 states now having data breach laws, to the Illinois’s regulation of biometrics, to the new controversial California privacy laws. Huge gaps remain, however, especially when compared to the European Union’s new General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). The GDPR has extraterritorial provisions, so it reaches the conduct of US firms that do business in Europe. Privacy law also arises in the context of the Fourth Amendment, federal statutory and regulatory regimes such as FTC enforcement, medical privacy, and the Patriot Act. Together these developments not only make up a large new body of law, they create a large demand for lawyers in multiple capacities: advising, litigating, lobbying, and structuring compliance. We will survey all these developments, primarily based around William McGeveran’s casebook, Privacy and Data Protection Law.  Subject to class size, it will be based on class participation and a final exam.

Contact me if you wish me to supervise a paper. I will gladly see you by appointment.

Past Teaching
  • Law & Games Seminar (MMPORGs, not “gaming”)
  • Intellectual Property in the Digital Era Seminar
  • Internet Governance Seminar

I have some  unofficial advice about course selection in law school and some idiosyncratic writing tips. I’ve also got a half-written FAQ for people thinking about law school.



AI & Robots
Privacy & Cryptography E-Commerce Other
Internet Governance & Governance
Administrative Law

AI & Robots

Privacy & Cryptography

Internet Governance & Governance Generally


Administrative Law

Blogging, Online Games, and Other Fun Stuff


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Last modified: July 13, 2019

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