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247.9 sec. 001 - Disruptive Technologies & Regulation (Spring 2020)

Instructor: Justin Erlich  (view instructor's teaching evaluations - degree students only)
Instructor: Samuel Swartz  
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Units: 1

Due to COVID-19, law school classes were graded as credit/no pass in spring 2020.


    W 6:25 PM - 8:15 PM
    Location: Law 240
    On 2020-01-15

    W 6:25 PM - 8:15 PM
    Location: Law 240
    On 2020-01-29

    W 6:25 PM - 8:15 PM
    Location: Law 240
    On 2020-02-12

    W 6:25 PM - 8:15 PM
    Location: Law 240
    On 2020-02-26

    W 6:25 PM - 8:15 PM
    Location: Law 240
    On 2020-03-11

    W 6:25 PM - 8:15 PM
    Location: Law 240
    On 2020-04-01

    W 6:25 PM - 8:15 PM
    Location: Law 240
    On 2020-04-15

Course Start: January 15, 2020
Course End: April 15, 2020
Class Number (1Ls): 32027
Class Number: 32027

Enrollment info:
Enrolled: 32
Waitlisted: 0
Enroll Limit: 35
As of: 06/16 11:02 PM

Major technological developments have led to the rapid emergence of new markets and upended entire industries. Meanwhile, regulatory frameworks--often developed around older tech, prior business models and existing actors--have moved at a slower pace. This has caused significant social complexity -- it has unearthed legal gray areas and uncertainty, created obstacles to unlocking new innovation, introduced new risks for consumers, and caused clashes between the tech and public sectors. This dynamic will only increase as the rate of innovation quickens and is forcing a rethinking of regulatory frameworks, processes and strategies.

Taught by practitioners with a background in both the business and regulatory spheres, the course will take a “case study”-based approach looking at specific examples of the development of new technologies that raise novel cross-cutting questions. Taking the perspective of policymakers, regulators and various business decision-makers, we will explore a set of mixed legal, business, and policy issues raised by the introduction of these new technologies and business models, with a particular focus on the mobility sector. The class will draw on these case studies to tease out a practical understanding of what works well and what does not, and to conceive of and develop more effective regulatory regimes in rapidly changing spaces.

The course will be primarily discussion-based rather than lecture based, so students should plan for active participation. The pedagogy will have a mix of instructor presentations, group discussion, role play (e.g., representing a government or a business). Readings will consist of case studies similar to those found in business schools (e.g, reviewing examples like Uber/Lyft), traditional law school practice (e.g., legal cases and law review articles), and articles and stories to provide additional context around specific cases and issues.

Credi will be determined by a mix of class participation and a final paper. The paper will consist of writing a memo that relates to analyzing an emerging technology & business model in the context of an existing regulatory regime.

Attendance at the first class is mandatory for all currently enrolled and waitlisted students; any currently enrolled or waitlisted students who are not present on the first day of class (without prior permission of the instructor) will be dropped. The instructor will continue to take attendance throughout the add/drop period and anyone who moves off the waitlist into the class must continue to attend in order not to be dropped.

Exam Notes: (P) Final paper  
This is a credit only course
Course Category: Business Law
This course is listed in the following sub-categories:
Intellectual Property and Technology Law

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