Elon Law professor named a fellow at Information Society Law Center

Professor David S. Levine will work for two years with other scholars in an interdisciplinary program founded by the University of Milan dedicated to study legal informatics, cyberspace law and “digital transformation law.” 

An Elon Law scholar who researches and teaches on intellectual property, privacy and trade secrecy has been named a fellow at the University of Milan’s Information Society Law Center. 

Professor David S. Levine’s appointment from 2023-2025 will see him collaborate with some of the world’s leading scholars and advocates on questions on how the law interacts with technology and information policy.

The Information Society Law Center aims “to conduct research on issues related to the relationship between law and the digital society, with particular attention to those changes – present and future – that will deeply affect our society.”

Founded in 2017, the center brings together those with distinguished records of scholarship and advocacy in the areas of legal informatics, philosophy of law, sociology of law, ecclesiastical law, criminal law, criminal procedure, philosophy of politics, general theory of law, and bioethics.

Among its many roles, the center hosts an annual conference to showcase research activities, edits books and articles on topics of interest to the organization, and seeks funding for “innovative and far-reaching national and international research projects.”

“Technology policy today is increasingly borderless,” Levine said. “I’m excited to be part of an international community whose focus is assessing and addressing technology’s risks and potential on a global scale, based upon deep experience and knowledge. It’s one of the privileges of being a professor and I’m grateful for the opportunity.”

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Levine joined the Elon Law faculty in 2009 and has developed an international reputation for his legal research. An affiliate scholar at the Center for Internet and Society at Stanford Law School, he also was a fellow at Princeton University’s Center for Information Technology Policy from 2014-2017.

Levine is the founder and host of Stanford University’s KZSU-FM “Hearsay Culture,” an information policy, intellectual property law and technology talk show, and he co-authored the 2019 textbook “Information Law, Governance, and Cybersecurity.”

In recognition of his scholarly work, Levine was named the Jennings Professor and Emerging Scholar at Elon Law for 2017-2019.