Teaching

Since the Berkman Center’s inception, one of our fundamental priorities has been teaching across the wide range of our areas of inquiry. Our teaching synthesizes complex legal, technological, social, and business issues; examines questions of both public and private law; and integrates relevant international and domestic legal considerations from a global perspective. more >

Since the Berkman Center’s inception, one of our fundamental priorities has been teaching across the wide range of our areas of inquiry. Our teaching synthesizes complex legal, technological, social, and business issues; examines questions of both public and private law; and integrates relevant international and domestic legal considerations from a global perspective.

Our Cyberlaw Clinic was the first of its kind. The Clinic engages Harvard Law students in a wide range of real world litigation, licensing, client counseling, advocacy, and legislative projects and cases.

While the core of our teaching has been and remains courses at Harvard Law School, we also strive to reach and involve a broader audience. Faculty associated with the Berkman Center combine to teach as many as ten courses annually as part of the curricula at Harvard Law School, Harvard College, and Harvard Extension School.

We also experiment with innovative uses of technology in our teaching, and we use technology to reach distant and dispersed audiences.

iLaw: Professor Terry Fisher initiated the Internet Law Program in 2000 to offer the public a way to learn about the essential legal, economic, and public interest debates surrounding the Internet.

SDP: The Center has partnered with the Oxford Internet Institute to offer the annual Summer Doctoral Programme since the Programme was launched in 2003.

Online: Most Berkman conferences, lectures, and discussions are webcast and archived for the purposes of sharing knowledge with university partners, Berkman affiliates, and the global public. Ongoing series such as our Tuesday Luncheons attract an ever-wider virtual audience and carry forward the mission of early experiments such as BOLD. Projects such as the Copyright for Librarians curriculum also reach a global audience.

These extensive offerings (currently being filled in) - and others still - serve as a key means of bridging our scholarship, community-building, and educational activities. Our courses both unify and transcend these separate threads, helping to weave them into and throughout everything we do, while engaging a wide and diverse audience in the most challenging aspects of our work.

Comparative Online Privacy – Spring 2015

Online privacy has become a major issue for Internet users, technology companies, online business, researchers, and policy-makers around the world, as more and more personal information is collected, aggregated, shared, and used across a wide variety of contexts. Policy-makers on both sides of the Atlantic - and globally - have been responsive to concerns expressed by users, consumer organizations, activists, and academics, and have proposed an important series of new laws, regulations, and other privacy-enhancing instruments at the international and national level. At the same time, the approaches aimed at regulating the respective information practices on the Internet - targeting social networking sites, online advertising, data aggregators, and the like - as well as the details of the proposed privacy norms are highly controversial.

Copyright – Spring 2015

This course explores copyright law and policy. Approximately two thirds of the readings and class time are devoted to the American copyright system; the remainder are devoted to the major relevant multilateral treaties and to the laws pertaining to copyright and "neighboring rights" in other countries. Substantial attention is paid to the efforts of philosophers, economists, and social theorists to justify, reform, or abolish the copyright system.

Cyberlaw Clinic – Spring 2015

The Cyberlaw Clinic, based at the Berkman Center for Internet & Society, engages Harvard Law School students in a wide range of real-world client counseling, licensing and transactional, litigation, advocacy and policy projects and cases, covering a broad spectrum of Internet, new technology, and intellectual property legal issues.

Rhetoric and Public Discourse – Spring 2015

Some of our questions: What roles do and should intermediaries play in setting our topical agendas and shaping conversations around them? What impact does and can money have in influencing opinion on a large scale? What new modalities exist to facilitate conversation and closure among parties who disagree in good faith? Should advocates and agents be treated the same as those who claim to be speaking for themselves? Are there ways to identify and mitigate discourse grounded in bad faith, a.k.a. truthiness?

Teaching Copyright – Spring 2015

Teaching Copyright Return to Course Catalog Professor William Fisher Spring 2015 Course Meets: T 7:00pm - 9:00pm 2 classroom credits Note: The credit breakdown for this course is as follows: three total credits -- two classroom credits and one writing credit. This course is designed for students who are interested in deepening their knowledge of copyright law and gaining experience with law teaching. Each student in the course will be a Teaching Fellow for CopyrightX, an online copyright course taught by Prof. Fisher to roughly 500 students worldwide.

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