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Laurie Silvers & Mitchell Rubenstein Distinguished Professor of Law

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Current Interests

Current Writing

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

Recent or Future Writing & Projects

  • Surveillance
  • Anonymity
  • Blockchain, Bitcoin, ICOs
  • Regulation of Drones

Founding & Editing

Fellow & Advisor


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Fall 2017

I am on leave in Fall 2017.

Spring 2018

  • Administrative Law (4 cr.) M/T/Th 11:00-12:20

    Course Description
    Administrative law is the introduction to how federal agencies make regulatory decisions – both rulemaking and adjudication – and how you sue the government if you think they got it wrong. Federal agencies adjudicate more cases every year than all state and federal courts combined. The federal code of regulations is much longer than the codification of federal statutes.
    Complications arise from what are often broad or ambiguous delegations of authority from Congress. There are issues about how and when agency decisions are subject to judicial review. And always lurking is the question of how we reconcile our dependence on an unelected, expert bureaucracy with our commitments to government that is democratically accountable and legitimate.

    Administrative Law is vitally important for anyone contemplating a practice that might involve federal regulations in any way which, if you think about it, is almost everything. A 2011 survey of GW law school alumni put Administrative Law as one of the top three most useful courses I took in law school, and #2 on the list of ‘courses I wish I had taken in law school’.

    Grading will be based on class participation and a an 8-hour take-home final exam.

  • Robot Law (1 cr.) Short course – spread over 2 weeks – Feb 12 – Feb 23, M/T/W/Th/F 12:30-1:50

    Course Description
    This short course will introduce students to legal, ethical, and policy issues arising from the introduction of a disruptive technology: robots–ranging from autonomous cars, to drones, to medical robots, to battlefield robots. Issues include complex questions of liability, privacy, and design. For example, should we allow true robot autonomy, or require a ‘human in the decision loop’? If we require a human what should her role be (e.g. approval required, or veto capability), and what are the liability and practical consequences? If medical robots will someday be better diagnosticians than people, will it be malpractice not to use a robot diagnostician? And if so, what does that do to doctors?

    Grading will be on the basis of class participation, and a short paper due some time after the course concludes.

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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