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Barbara van Schewick (Prof)

Professor of Law and Helen L. Crocker Faculty Scholar at Stanford Law School; Director of Stanford Law School’s Center for Internet and Society, USA

Barbara van Schewick (Prof)

Barbara van Schewick is a Professor of Law and Helen L Crocker Faculty Scholar at Stanford Law School, Director of Stanford Law School’s Center for Internet and Society, Associate Professor by courtesy of Electrical Engineering in Stanford University’s Department of Electrical Engineering, and a leading expert on net neutrality.

Her research on the economic, regulatory, and strategic implications of communication networks bridges law, networking and economics, and her book Internet Architecture and Innovation (MIT Press 2010, Paperback 2012) is considered to be the seminal work on the science, economics and policy of network neutrality, influencing debates on net neutrality across the world. For example, the FCC’s (Federal Communications Commission) 2010 and 2014 Open Internet Orders relied heavily on her work, as have the European Union’s recently adopted guidelines implementing the European Union’s net neutrality law, the 2017 Orders on zero-rating by the Canadian Radio-Television and Telecommunications Commission, and the 2016 Order on zero-rating by the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India.

In 2007, Professor van Schewick was one of three academics who, together with public interest groups, filed the petition that started the FCC’s network neutrality inquiry into Comcast’s blocking of BitTorrent and other peer-to-peer protocols.

Professor Van Schewick received the Scientific Award 2005 from the German Foundation for Law and Computer Science and the Award in Memory of Dieter Meurer 2006 from the German Association for the Use of Information Technology in Law (“EDV-Gerichtstag”) for her doctoral work. In 2010, she received the Research Prize Technical Communication 2010 from the Alcatel-Lucent Stiftung for Communications Research for her “pioneering work in the area of Internet architecture, innovation and regulation.”

Professor Van Schewick holds a PhD in Computer Science, an MSc in Computer Science, and a BSc in Computer Science, all summa cum laude from Technical University Berlin, the Second State Exam in Law (equivalent of Bar Exam), summa cum laude, from the Higher Regional Court Berlin and the First State Exam in Law (equivalent of J.D.), summa cum laude, from Free University Berlin.

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