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247.9 sec. 001 - Disruptive Technologies & Regulation (Spring 2021)

Instructor: Justin Erlich  (view instructor's teaching evaluations - degree students only)
Instructor: Samuel Swartz  
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Units: 1
Grading Designation: Credit Only
Mode of Instruction: Remote Instruction


M 6:25 PM - 8:15 PM
Location: Internet/Online
From January 25, 2021
To April 26, 2021

Course Start: January 25, 2021
Course End: April 26, 2021
Class Number (1Ls): 32099
Class Number: 32099

Enrollment info:
Enrolled: 28
Waitlisted: 0
Enroll Limit: 35
As of: 05/08 05:45 AM

Major technological developments have led to the rapid emergence of new products and services, upendeding entire industries and or creating new ones. Meanwhile, regulatory frameworks have moved at a slower pace. This dynamic has caused significant social complexity -- it has unearthed legal gray areas, created obstacles to unlocking new innovation, introduced new risks for consumers and societies, and caused clashes between the tech and public sectors. This trend will only increase as the rate of innovation quickens; and it 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 to tech regulation. 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. The class will draw on case studies from the mobility industry and tech platforms 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 in plenary and break-out groups. 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.

Credit will be determined by a mix of class participation and small individual and group assignments between classes. Class meetings will be every other week on these dates: January 25th, February 8th, February 22nd, March 8th, March 29th, April 12th and April 26th.

Real-time 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 or have prior permission of the instructor in order not to be dropped.

Exam Notes: (None) Class requires a series of papers, assignments, or presentations throughout the semester
Course Category: Business Law
This course is listed in the following sub-categories:
Intellectual Property and Technology Law

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