We are delighted to announce that Urs Gasser, the Executive Director of
the Berkman Center, has been offered -- and has accepted -- a renewable five-year
appointment as a Professor of Practice at Harvard Law School. The
appointment, which will commence in July of 2013, is richly deserved.
Urs' remarkable record of scholarship and teaching, combined with his
experience providing legal and policy advice to governments, nonprofit
organizations, and private firms, make him an ideal candidate for this
position. His appointment will enhance and extend, not detract from,
his work with the Berkman Center and with the Network of Internet
Research Centers that he helped create. We look forward to continuation of his leadership for years to come.
The professorships of practice at Harvard Law School are given to
outstanding individuals whose teaching is informed by extensive
expertise from the worlds of law practice, the judiciary, policy and
Gasser’s scholarship and teaching focus on information law and policy, society issues, and the interplay between law and
innovation. His projects explore such topics as policy and educational
challenges for young Internet users, the regulation of digital
technology (currently with focus on cloud computing), ICT
interoperability, information quality, the law’s impact on innovation
and risk in the ICT space, cybersecurity, and alternative governance
Said HLS Dean Martha Minow: "Urs Gasser is an
international leader in information law, internet use and governance,
youth media, and the relationship between law and innovation. His work
exploring how the Internet is promoting significant shifts in the
information ecosystem has been pivotal, most recently in helping to
launch the global Network of Internet & Society Centers, a
collaborative initiative among academic institutions to advance new
cross-national, cross-disciplinary research, teaching and engagement on
the most pressing policy questions surrounding new technologies and
social change. I could not be more delighted that he will take up this
appointment as a Professor of Practice."
Said Gasser: “I am deeply honored to continue serving at HLS in this new role. I look forward to
working with our extraordinary students and sharing my international
experience with the wonderful Law School community.”
to teaching at HLS, Gasser teaches at the University of St. Gallen in
Switzerland and the Fudan University School of Management in China.
Before returning to the Berkman Center as executive director in 2009, Gasser
served as associate professor of law at the University of St. Gallen,
where he was faculty director of the Research Center for Information
Law, and as a visiting professor at KEIO University in Japan. Prior to
those appointments, he served as a resident and faculty fellow at the
Berkman Center, where he was the lead research fellow on the Digital
Media Project, a multi-disciplinary research project aimed at exploring
the transition from offline/analog to online/digital media.
Gasser is a graduate of University of St. Gallen (S.J.D. 2001, J.D. 1997) and Harvard Law School (LL.M. ’03).