Ms. Diane Rosenfeld and Ms. Dena Sacco 2 classroom credits LAW-98063A 2, 3, or 4 optional clinical credits Fall or Spring, or 2 Winter LAW-98063C
This course addresses the complex legal, technological, and social
questions created by the increasing distribution of both child and
adult pornography on the Internet over the past decade. While
prosecuting child pornography cases has become a law-enforcement
priority, enforcement efforts have been increasingly challenged by
developments in technology and concomitant changes in social mores.
Adult pornography has remained outside the reach of law enforcement
unless it is considered obscene. The course considers the legal
frameworks for child and adult pornography, including the
Constitutional and technological dimensions of regulatory efforts, the
underlying social assumptions that result in the differences in how the
law treats the two, and the relationship of child and adult pornography
to sexual violence and exploitation.
Students who enroll in the optional clinical will work in the Berkman
Center's Cyberlaw Clinic either before or while they take the seminar.
At the clinic, students will supplement their educational experience by
working for real clients on matters that involve child protection as
well as an Internet or technological component. Students who would like
to participate in the optional clinical must enroll through clinical
registration. Please refer to the Office of Clinical and Pro Bono
Programs (http://www.law.harvard.edu/academics/clinical) for clinical registration dates and early add/drop deadlines.