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247.9 sec. 001 - Disruptive Technologies & Regulation (Spring 2023)

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


W 6:25 PM - 8:15 PM
Location: Law 170
On 2023-01-11

W 6:25 PM - 8:15 PM
Location: Law 170
On 2023-01-25

W 6:25 PM - 8:15 PM
Location: Law 170
On 2023-02-08

W 6:25 PM - 8:15 PM
Location: Law 170
On 2023-02-22

W 6:25 PM - 8:15 PM
Location: Law 170
On 2023-03-08

W 6:25 PM - 8:15 PM
Location: Law 170
On 2023-03-22

W 6:25 PM - 8:15 PM
Location: Law 170
On 2023-04-05

Course Start: January 11, 2023
Course End: April 05, 2023
Class Number: 32340
This course is open to 1Ls.

Enrollment info:
Enrolled: 30
Waitlisted: 0
Enroll Limit: 40
As of: 08/24 11:03 PM

The internet and development of new technologies has led to the rapid emergence of new markets and upended entire industries. At the same time, regulatory frameworks, often developed around prior business models and actors, have been slow to adapt and change. This has unearthed legal gray areas and uncertainty, created obstacles to unlocking new innovation, introduced new risks for consumers, caused clashes between tech and governments, and forced a rethinking of regulatory frameworks, processes and strategies.

This seminar class will explore the topic of tech regulation – underlying principles and theories, existing approaches, the primary issues and challenges, competing regulatory and business strategies, and new or innovative regulatory models. Taught by practitioners with backgrounds in both business and regulatory spheres, the class will draw on current examples in an attempt to tease out a practical understanding of what works well and what does not, and to conceive of and develop more effective regulatory approaches for rapidly changing spaces.

After establishing a foundation for assessing disruptions and regulation, each week we will focus on a different area of disruptive tech (e.g., ridesharing, autonomous vehicles, social media platforms, etc.).

This class will NOT be a traditional lecture course. It will involve a mix of presentation, discussion, and role play (e.g., representing the government and businesses), case studies similar to those found in many business schools (e.g, reviewing examples like Uber/Lyft), as well as traditional law school practice (e.g., legal cases and law review articles).

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

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