Institute for Information Law and Policy

The Institute for Information Law and Policy is New York Law School’s center for the study of technology, innovation, and civil liberties. Participants in the Institute aim not only to understand the interplay between law and technology, but also to influence its evolution with changing times. The Institute develops and applies theories of information and communication to analyze law and policy. It also engages with the community to address real-life problems and to promote justice, equality, and new ideas.

For more information on the Center, visit About Us.

In 2009, the IILP began publishing an annual report detailing the Institute’s major events throughout the previous academic year.  Click here to view the IILP 2011-12 Annual Report.

Recent Publications

Professor Richard Sherwin recently published: Law, Culture and Visual Studies (co-edited with Anne Wagner) (Springer 2013); “Performer la Loi. Présences et simulacres, sur scène et au tribunal.” [“Law as Performance: Presence and Simulation Inside the Theater/Courtroom”] Revue Communications, Paris, no. (2013); “Visual Jurisprudence,” New York Law School Law Review Symposium Issue on “Visualizing Law in the Digital Age” (Fall 2012) vol. 57/1; “Constitutional Purgatory: Shades and Presences Inside the Courtroom,” in Leif Dahlberg, ed. Visualizing Law and Authority (Walter de Gruyter 2012); “Law’s Life on the Screen,” in Sara Steinert-Borella’s and Caroline Wiedmer’s Intersections of Law and Culture  (Palgrave Macmillan Socio-Legal Studies: 2012).

Professor Jake Sherkow recently published Preliminary Injunctions Post-Mayo and Myriad, 67 Stan. L. Rev. Online 1 (2014); The Natural Complexity of Patent Eligibility, 99 Iowa L. Rev. 1137 (2014); 23andMe, the Food and Drug Administration, and the Future of Genetic Testing, 174 JAMA Internal Med. 403 (April 2014) (with Patricia J. Zettler and Henry T. Greely); The Future of Gene Patents and the Implications for Medicine, 173 JAMA Internal Med. 1569 (2013) (with Henry T. Greely); And How: Mayo v. Prometheus and the Method of Invention, 122 Yale L. J. Online 351 (2013).

Professor Ari Ezra Waldman recently published: Durkheim’s Internet: Social and Political Theory in Online Society, 7 N.Y.U. J. L. & Lib. 355 (2013); All Those Like You: Identity Aggression and Student Speech, 77 Missouri L. Rev. 563 (2013); Hostile Educational Environments, 71 Maryland L. Rev. 705 (2013). He contributed to the blog, most recently in February and March 2014. His posts are available here. His article, Exceptions: The Illogical Approach to HIV-Related Aggravated Assaults, 18 Va. J. Soc. Pol’y & L. 552 (2011) is now available as a chapter in HANDBOOK OF LGBT COMMUNITIES, CRIME AND JUSTICE (Dana Petersen and Vanessa Panfil, eds.) (2014).

IILP In The News

Professor Ari Ezra Waldman recently began serving as the “Privacy Expert” for, the ubiquitous news and reference website. As the Expert, Professor Waldman is responsible for all content related to privacy on the website. He is working with NYLS students to help non-lawyers understand privacy law, get them acquainted with privacy rights, explain the often inscrutable privacy policies of major websites, and provide other helpful information. Professor Waldman is working with NYLS students, including those in his Information Privacy Law class, to publish general audience essays for