Professor Vivek Krishnamurthy joins Faculty of Law at uOttawa and will lead CIPPIC

Posted on Wednesday, July 24, 2019

Dean Dodek announced the appointment of Vivek Krishnamurthy as the inaugural Samuelson-Glushko Professor of Law and new Director of the Samuelson-Glushko Canadian Internet Policy and Public Interest Clinic (CIPPIC). Vivek was formerly Counsel in the Boston office of Foley Hoag LLP and a Lecturer on Law at Harvard Law School.Vivek was previously the Assistant Director of Harvard Law School’s Cyberlaw Clinic and a member of the Global Network Initiative’s Board of Directors. He is a Rhodes Scholar and clerked for the Hon. Morris J. Fish of the Supreme Court of Canada upon his graduation from Yale Law School. Vivek is currently a Senior Fellow at the Carr Center for Human Rights Policy at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government, an Affiliate of the Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University, and a Senior Associate of the Human Rights Initiative at the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington, D.C.

Professor Krishnamurthy’s teaching, scholarship, and legal practice focus on the complex regulatory and human rights-related challenges facing businesses that operate across borders, both in cyberspace and in real space. He advises companies, governments, and activists on the human rights impacts of new technologies and is a frequent public commentator on emerging technology and public policy issues. Along with his colleagues at the Berkman Klein Center, Professor Krishnamurthy is the author of a landmark study for the Government of Canada that evaluates the risks and opportunities for human rights that artificially intelligent systems present.

The creation of the new Samuelson-Glushko Professorship is thanks to the generous support of Professor Pam Samuelson and Professor Robert Glushko of the University of California-Berkeley. Professors Samuelson and Glushko are longtime supporters of CIPPIC and their re-investment will along CIPPIC to add to the significant talent of counsel David Fewer and Tamir Israel whose leadership has enabled CIPPIC to become both a national and international leader. Over the course of CIPPIC’s existence, Professor Michael Geist has played a significant leadership role and was instrumental in enabling the creation of the Samuelson-Glushko Professorship. Professor Geist will continue his involvement with CIPPIC as the Chair of the newly-created CIPPIC Management Committee.

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