Barbara van Schewick

Director, Stanford Center for Internet and Society
Professor of Law; Helen L. Crocker Faculty Scholar; Associate Professor of Electrical Engineering (by courtesy)

Stanford Law School

Stanford University

Crown Quadrangle
559 Nathan Abbott Way
Stanford, CA 94305-8610

(650) 723-8340

Blog: Internet Architecture and Innovation

Website: Stanford Law faculty profile

Issues: Internet, Net Neutrality, Networks and Infrastructure, Competition Policy and Antitrust, Innovation and Economic Growth and Networks, the Internet, and Cloud Computing

About Barbara van Schewick

Barbara van Schewick is a Professor of Law and Helen L. Crocker Faculty Scholar at Stanford Law School, Director of Stanford Law School’s Center for Internet and Society, and Associate Professor (by courtesy) of Electrical Engineering in Stanford University’s Department of Electrical Engineering. Her research focuses on the economic, regulatory, and strategic implications of communication networks. In particular, she explores how changes in the architecture of computer networks affect the economic environment for innovation and competition on the Internet, and how the law should react to these changes. Her 2010 book on this topic, Internet Architecture and Innovation, received great critical acclaim, and she has earned a reputation as a leading expert on the issue of network neutrality. In 2007, van Schewick was one of three academics who, together with public interest groups, filed the petition that started the Federal Communications Commission’s network neutrality inquiry into Comcast’s blocking of BitTorrent and other peer-to-peer protocols. She has testified on issues of Internet architecture and network neutrality before the FCC in en banc hearings and official workshops. Also, she is currently a Principal Investigator on the Usable Privacy Policy Project, a multi-year collaborative project funded by the National Science Foundation and involving Fordham Center on Law and Information Policy and computer scientists from Carnegie Mellon University and Stanford.

Prior to joining the Stanford Law faculty, van Schewick was a senior researcher at the Technical University Berlin, Germany, and a nonresidential fellow of Stanford Law School’s Center for Internet and Society. From August 2000 to November 2001, she was the first residential fellow at that center.

Van Schewick holds a PhD in Computer Science, an MSc in Computer Science, and a BSc in Computer Science, all summa cum laude from Technical University Berlin, the Second State Exam in Law (equivalent of Bar Exam), summa cum laude, from the Higher Regional Court Berlin and the First State Exam in Law (equivalent of JD), summa cum laude, from Free University Berlin.

She received the Scientific Award 2005 from the German Foundation for Law and Computer Science and the Award in Memory of Dieter Meurer 2006 from the German Association for the Use of Information Technology in Law (“EDV-Gerichtstag”) for her doctoral work. In October 2010, she received the Research Prize Technical Communication 2010 from the Alcatel-Lucent Stiftung for Communications Research for her pioneering work in the area of Internet architecture, innovation and regulation.

J.D., Free University Berlin
Ph.D., Technical University Berlin
M.S., Technical University Berlin
B.S., Technical University Berlin

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