Research That Matters
Through research centers dedicated to exploring electronic commerce, the Internet and society, and bioscience law, Stanford Law contributes cutting-edge scholarship and trains the next generation of leaders in law, science, and technology.
Much of Stanford’s work in law, science, and technology takes place through three centers that provide a neutral forum for interdisciplinary investigation that shapes real-world law.
In the Center for E-Commerce, scholars, policymakers, practicing lawyers, executives, and Stanford Law students explore the fast-growing field of electronic commerce law. In a unique interdisciplinary synergy with industry working groups, the center supports policy studies, develops guidelines, and works to enhance industry practices.
The Center for Internet and Society brings scholars, academics, legislators, law students, programmers, security researchers and scientists together to study the interaction of new technologies and the law. The center founded the Fair Use Project, which seeks to enhance creative freedom by clarifying the boundaries of “fair use.” Participants also examine how synergy between technology and law can promote or harm public rights, such as free speech, privacy, public commons, diversity, and scientific inquiry.
The Center for Law and the Biosciences, examines how new discoveries in biosciences will change society, and how law will influence those changes. Through research and discourse, scholars, lawyers, scientists, policymakers, and law students explore the ethical, legal, scientific, economic, and social implications of accelerated technological change.
The Stanford Intellectual Property Litigation Clearinghouse addresses the critical need for a comprehensive, online resource for scholars, policymakers, industry, lawyers, and litigation support firms in the field of intellectual property litigation. The database will be the first comprehensive source for information about all IP lawsuits filed in federal court.
Complementing these enterprises, Stanford maintains CodeX: Stanford Center for Computers and Law, a partnership between the law school and the department of computer science. CodeX explores how evolving information technology can support legal processes and practices.
The Transatlantic Technology Law Forum addresses technology-related issues in law and policy that affect the Transatlantic Marketplace, which comprises the European Union and the United States. Through its scholarly work, conferences, seminars, and other research and education initiatives, the forum focuses on biotechnology, information technology, intellectual property, nanotechnology, and space law.
Research with Impact
Topics under investigation in LST’s centers include:
- Copyright risks, including fair use
- Data privacy and security for online retailers
- Employee activities
- End-user license agreements and the limits of contract
- Hacking, piracy, and poaching
- IT procurement and management of legal departments
- Legal implications of enhancement technologies
- Neuroscience and the law
- Open Source issues
- Patent system reform
- Preimplantation genetic diagnosis in in vitro fertilization
- Stem cell research
Now more than ever, companies and governments are rewarded for adapting quickly to innovations in consumer consumption of content, products, and services. Stanford Law School was, and continues to be, unmatched in preparing students not only to adapt to technological change, but to lead and shape it.
Phoebe L. Yang ’95, Chief Counsel of National Broadband Plan team for the Obama Administration; Former Vice President of Corporate Strategy and Development, Discovery Communications, Inc.