24th Annual BCLT/BTLJ Symposium

The Roles of Technology Expertise in Law and Policy

February 27-28, 2020
International House
UC Berkeley

As more litigation, legislation, and regulation involves technological matters (especially those involving digital technologies), this 2-day symposium will explore how expertise about technology and its impacts is generated, introduced, and used in making legal and policy decisions. The first day, February 27, will focus on the judiciary. Day 2, February 28, will examine issues related to legislative and executive branch decision-making at the federal, state, and local levels.




Among the questions we want to ask: In technologically complex cases, should judges appoint their own technical advisers or special masters or instead rely on attorneys and litigants’ experts? What should be considered an issue of technological expertise and what should be considered a question of law or politics? Should Congress recreate an Office of Technology Assessment? What lessons can be learned from the ways government agencies currently obtain and use technological expertise?


BCLT 25th Anniversary Gala Dinner

February 27, 2020
Claremont Hotel
Berkeley, CA
7:00 P.M.
Join us to celebrate a quarter century of leadership at the intersection of law and technology, with a gala dinner after the first day of our annual symposium. This will be a great opportunity to meet fellow alumni and BCLT’s seventeen (!) faculty directors. Tickets for the dinner can be purchased separately or as part of symposium registration. Register for dinner here.

The 2020 BCLT/BTLJ Symposium is co-sponsored by


MIT. Internet Policy Research Initiative. Massachusetts Institute of Technology



and made possible with support from

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