Neil Richards

  • Stanford Center for Internet and Society

Thomas and Karole Green Professor of Law

School of Law

Washington University in St. Louis

One Brookings Drive
St. Louis, Missouri 63130

(314) 935-4794

Website: Washington University faculty page

Issues: Internet, Networks, the Internet, and Cloud Computing and Privacy and Security

About Neil Richards

Neil Richards is an internationally-recognized expert in privacy law, information law, and freedom of expression. He is the Thomas and Karole Green Professor of Law at Washington University School of Law, where he co-directs the Washington University Institute for Genomic Medicine and the Law. He teaches courses on privacy, technology, free speech, and constitutional law.


Professor Richards is the author of the book Intellectual Privacy: Rethinking Civil Liberties in the Digital Age (Oxford University Press, 2015). His many writings on privacy and civil liberties have appeared in a wide variety of journals including the Harvard Law Review, the Columbia Law Review, Yale Law Journal to The Guardian, WIRED, and Slate. He regularly speaks on privacy and civil liberties throughout the United States and Europe, and also appears frequently in the media. He is a past winner of the Washington University School of Law’s Professor of the Year award.


Professor Richards is an Affiliate Scholar with the Center for Internet and Society at Stanford Law School and the Yale Information Society Project, and a Fellow at the Center for Democracy and Technology. Professor Richards also serves on the boards of the Future of Privacy Forum and the Freedom to Read Foundation, and is a member of the American Law Institute. Prior to joining the law faculty in 2003, he practiced law in Washington, D.C. with Wilmer, Cutler, and Pickering, where he specialized in appellate litigation and privacy law. Professor Richards served as a law clerk to both William H. Rehnquist, Chief Justice of the United States and Paul V. Niemeyer, United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit.


J.D., University of Virginia, 1997
M.A., University of Virginia, 1997
B.A., George Washington University, 1994