Paul Schwartz

  • Jefferson E. Peyser Professor of Law
    Co-Director, Berkeley Center for Law & Technology
  • Tel: 510-643-0352 | Fax: 510-643-2673
  • 333 Law Building (North Addition), Berkeley, CA 94720 MC:7200
  • Faculty Support Contact: Kiara Williams

Paul Schwartz is a leading international expert on information privacy and information law. His scholarship focuses on how the law has sought to regulate and shape information technology – as well as the impact of information technology on law and democracy. Schwartz joined the faculty in 2006 after teaching at Brooklyn Law School and the University of Arkansas-Fayetteville. He teaches privacy law and torts.

His recent articles include: The EU-US Privacy Collision: A Turn to Institutions and Procedures, 126 Harvard Law Review 1966 (2013); Information Privacy in the Cloud,161 University of Pennsylvania Law Review 1623 (2013); “The PII Problem: Privacy and a New Concept of Personally Identifiable Information” in the New York University Law Review (2011) (with Daniel Solove); and “Regulating Governmental Data Mining in the United States and Germany: Constitutional Courts, the State, and New Technology,” in the William and Mary Law Review (2011). Schwartz is also a coauthor of Information Privacy Law (fourth edition, 2011), a casebook, and of Privacy Law Fundamentals (2013), a treatise.

Schwartz has testified before Congress and served as an advisor to the Commission of the European Union and other international organizations. He assists numerous corporations and law firms with regulatory, policy, and governance issues relating to information privacy. He is a frequent speaker at technology conferences and corporate events in the United States and abroad.

Schwartz is a past recipient of the Berlin Prize Fellowship at the American Academy in Berlin and a Research Fellowship at the German Marshal Fund in Brussels. Schwartz is also a recipient of grants from the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, Fulbright Foundation, the German Academic Exchange, and the Harry Frank Guggenheim Foundation. He is a member of the organizing committee of the Privacy Law Salon and of the American Law Institute.


B.A., Brown University (1981)
J.D., Yale University (1985)