Upcoming Events

PSRJ Speaker Series: Susannah Pollvogt

Wednesday, February 4, 2015 - 12:00pm to 1:30pm

"The Denigration of Jurisprudence" 

BIO: Susannah Pollvogt's primary area of scholarly interest is the law of equal protection, in particular the doctrine of animus. She has published numerous articles and essays in this area, and is active as an amicus in litigation touching on equal protection issues.

Professor Pollvogt also specializes in assisting students in developing academic skills and passing the bar exam. She has a particular interest in methods of active learning and self-assessment.

Re-Imagining the Security State: Secrecy and Strategy in National Security

Tuesday, February 10, 2015 - 12:00pm


U.S. national security relies on secrecy, even as changes in technology have made that secrecy increasingly difficult to assure. Over the past decade, the security state has grown dramatically: a record 5 million people now hold security clearances. Meanwhile, intelligence agencies have struggled to protect classified information related to range of government activities.

FAIA: Cyber Warfare Panel

Monday, February 16, 2015 - 10:00am

Cyberwarfare and Killer Robots:

How the Law of War Regulates New Technology

Is law doomed to follow technological innovations? Or can it be used to channel technological development? This conference considers these questions through the lens of two controversial new types of weaponry: cyberwarfare and autonomous weapon systems. Some argue that these weapons will reduce human suffering; others that they will increase it. How can the law of war evolve to govern such technology without sacrificing its fundamental humanitarian principles?

Knight LAMP:David Westin

Tuesday, February 17, 2015 - 12:00pm

How the News Media's Migration to Digital Is Changing What it Means To Be a Citizen

The last 20 years have seen sweeping changes in how we communicate with one another and in how we govern ourselves.  The world has become a more inter-connected, fragmented, instantaneous, richer, and more complex place -- all at the same time.  But it's not just that two important areas of our lives have changed at a breakneck pace; they interact in many ways.  Some of these lie on the surface, but are there deeper connections that can go largely unnoticed?  There's more news and information available in more ways than ever before.  But there are also more non-news alternatives competing for our time and attention.  What does this mean for us and for our fellow citizens as we together address the important issues of our day?

Knight LAMP: Robert Picard

Wednesday, February 18, 2015 - 12:00pm

Media pluralism: The European Union’s pursuit of evidence and policy

This presentation addresses the policy issues and developments surrounding the European Parliament’s concerns about constraints on information and ideas. These have pushed the European Commission to seek evidence about the state pluralism in Europe and consider whether European-wide policy can effectively address the concerns. National apprehensions are also leading some member states to reconsider how they domestically address pluralism, most recently provoking a UK House of Lords inquiry and review by the national communication regulator Ofcom.

Bio: Prof. Robert G. Picard is Director of Research at the Reuters Institute in the Department of Politics and International Relations at University of Oxford, a research fellow at Green Templeton College (Oxford), and a fellow of the Royal Society of Arts. A specialist in media economics and policy, he has consulted and carried out assignments for governments in North America, Europe, Africa, and Asia and for international organisations including the European Commission, UNESCO, and the World Intellectual Property Organisation. He has worked with the European Commission on issues of media pluralism for two decades and testified to the UK House of Lords inquiry on media pluralism in 2013-14.

Freedom of Expression Scholars Conference 3 - Call for Papers

Friday, February 20, 2015 - 6:00pm

The Abrams Institute for Freedom of Expression and Information Society Project at Yale Law School will host the third annual Freedom of Expression Scholars Conference (FESC) at Yale Law School on May 2-3, 2015.

The conference brings scholars together to discuss their works-in-progress concerning freedom of speech, expression, press, association, petition, assembly, and related issues of knowledge and information policy.

Thomson Reuters Speaker Series: Robin Feldman

Tuesday, February 24, 2015 - 12:00pm to 1:30pm

Federalism, First Amendment & Patents: A Clash of Titans

 ABSTRACT: Problems related to aggressive patent assertion and so-called patent trolling have been the subject of considerable federal legislative and regulatory attention in recent years. The states, however, have been largely sidelined. Citing doctrines related to the First Amendment right to petition government, recent Supreme Court decisions related to freedom of corporate speech, and Supremacy Clause analyses, appellate courts and commentators suggest that the states have little or no role to play. Such conclusions, however, are based on a subtle twisting of logic that shifts the analyses far from their precedential roots. The issues are further complicated by the fact that areas such as pre-emption and corporate speech are in a state of flux in modern jurisprudence.

The Legal Medium

Saturday, February 28, 2015 - 9:00am

On Saturday, February 28, 2015, Yale University will host a major symposium titled The Legal Medium: New Encounters of Art and Law. Leading artists and thinkers of our time will gather to engage in a series of panels, presentations, performances and an art exhibition. 

Rather than focusing on the practice of art law, this symposium will examine law as an artistic medium, in and from which artists create. It will focus on how artists encounter, take advantage of and seek to mold law.

Confirmed speakers include

Thomson Reuters Speaker Series: Jessica Silbey

Wednesday, March 4, 2015 - 12:00pm

The Eureka Myth: Creators, Innovators and Everyday Intellectual Property

Are innovation and creativity helped or hindered by our intellectual property laws? In the two hundred plus years since the Constitution enshrined protections for those who create and innovate, we're still debating the merits of IP laws and whether or not they actually work as intended. Artists, scientists, businesses, and the lawyers who serve them, as well as the Americans who benefit from their creations all still wonder: what facilitates innovation and creativity in our digital age? And what role, if any, do our intellectual property laws play in the growth of innovation and creativity in the United States? 

Thomson Reuters Speaker Series: Daniel Nazer

Tuesday, March 10, 2015 - 12:00pm

Trolls and Tribulations: The Road to Patent Reform

ABSTRACT: When the America Invents Act was passed in 2011, many predicted it would be decades until the next significant piece of patent legislation. Yet, only three years later, over a dozen bills were working their way through Congress. Patent trolls got patents back onto the agenda. But trolling is best seen as a symptom of a deeper problem - the flood of low quality software patents. Unfortunately, most of the proposed legislation deals with the symptom of patent trolling, rather than the underlying patent quality problem. Nazer will discuss the status of legislative reform, recent Supreme Court decisions (especially Alice, Nautilus, and Octane), and the push for changes at the Patent Office.

PSRJ: Caroline Corbin

Wednesday, March 11, 2015 - 12:00pm

Speech or Conduct?: The Cake Wars



Caroline Mala Corbin is Professor of Law at the University of Miami School of Law. She teaches U.S. Constitutional Law I, U.S. Constitutional Law II, First Amendment, the Religion Clauses, and Feminism and the First Amendment. Her scholarship focuses on the First Amendment’s speech and religion clauses, particularly their intersection with equality issues.

Poynter Speaker: Nassar Diallo

Wednesday, March 25, 2015 - 12:00pm

 Nasser Diallo is one of the most sought after radio journalists in West Africa.  In 2010 he was featured in the New York Times for his activism, leadership and dedication to transforming the political landscape in his homeland Conakry, Guinea.  He was also selected in 2008 by the American embassy in Guinea to join a team of French and American journalists to travel nationwide to cover the Presidential Election Campaign. He has lectured as a guest speaker on journalism in Africa at NYU, Columbia School of Journalism, and Princeton University.

A2K Virtual Speaker Series: Yana Welinder

Wednesday, April 15, 2015 - 12:00pm

Access to Knowledge on Wikipedia

This talk will explore the role of Wikimedia and the Wikipedia Zero initiative in the global access to knowledge (A2K) movement. The Wikimedia sites not only provide free knowledge on virtually every subject to anyone who has an Internet connection, but they are also a platform for large segments of the population to play an active role in the creation of knowledge. Unfortunately, this knowledge platform is not available to everyone around the world due to barriers like poverty and limited internet connectivity. Through Wikipedia Zero, this platform becomes more accessible as it empowers people in the Global South to access the Wikimedia sites on their phones free of data charges. Wikipedia Zero is one of several initiatives in the Wikimedia community to facilitate access to Wikipedia and further the A2K movement.