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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
  • 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 2018

  • Torts (4 cr.)

    I’m teaching Torts to Section B in F309, T/Th/F 9:30-10:50.

Spring 2019

  • Administrative Law (4 cr.) TBA

    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.

  • Topics in Technology Law Seminar  (2 credits)

    Course Description
    This seminar 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.

    A paper is required. Students may write their seminar papers on any mutually agreeable issue relating to law and technology. Grading will be based on the paper and seminar participation.

    This 2-credit seminar will initially meet twice a week to discuss readings and to help participants select paper topics. Then the course will not meet for several weeks in order to allow participants to write their papers and receive feedback on drafts. It will resume at the end of the semester for student paper presentations.

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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