David Levine advances scholarship and service to develop transparency in law and trade agreement formation
Elon Law Professor David Levine has presented trade secrecy scholarship at Yale Law School and other American law schools in 2014, while taking numerous public actions advocating for greater transparency in the formation of law and international trade agreements.
Levine was invited to speak at Yale Law School for the 2014 Trade and Transparency in the Internet Age conference. At Yale, Levine presented a work-in-progress entitled “Temporal Transparency: Secrecy and Collective Interests in Lawmaking.”
On May 20, Levine organized and led a panel at American University Washington College of Law titled, “Transparency and the Democratic Process in Trade Negotiations.”
At the 2014 Works in Progress Intellectual Property Conference at Santa Clara School of Law, Levine discussed a developing article entitled “Secrecy in Startups: An Empirical Study,” being coauthored with Ted Sichelman of the University of San Diego School of Law.
Levine collaborated with fellow trade secrecy scholars to sponsor the Second Trade Secrets Work in Progress Workshop at University of Florida Levin College of Law, together with Elizabeth Rowe of Florida Law and Sharon Sandeen of Hamline University School of Law. At the workshop, Levine discussed his “Secrecy in Startups” publication as well as another work-in-progress publication entitled “Fracking, Secrecy and Information Capture in Regulation,” coauthored with Mary Lyndon of St. John’s University School of Law.” The first Trade Secrets Work in Progress Workshop was held at Elon University School of Law in 2012.
In addition to scholarly presentations, Levine's recent service to develop transparency in international trade law includes:
- Progressive Radio Network guest appearance focusing on the Transpacific Partnership and Fracking, June 11.
- Co-authored comment to U.S. Trade Represenative on the Public Interest Trade Advisory Committee Proposal, March 25
- Presentation to negotiators of the fifth round of the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) negotiations in Arlington, Va., May 21.
- Author of Stanford Law Center for Internet and Society blog post, titled, "Putting the Public's Interest Back Into the 'Public Interest," May 20.
- Panel chair at the Sixth Workshop on the Philosophy of Information hosted by the Future of Information Society Research Group at Duke University, May 15-16.
- Author of Slate article, titled, "What Does the Internet of Things Mean for Corporate Secrecy?" - April 4, 2014.
- Co-authored statement on Trade Promotion Authority bill, January 10