Upcoming Events

Access to Knowledge Virtual Speaker Series: Book on Global Censorship

Wednesday, September 24, 2014 - 12:00pm

A conversation with Nagla Rizk from the American University in Cairo, Carlos Affonso Pereira de Souza from the Center for Technology & Society at the Getulio Vargas Foundation Law School in Rio de Janeiro, and Pranesh Prakash from the Center for Internet & Society in Bengalore, to discuss the upcoming release of the A2K book collaboration on Global Censorship.

Abrams: David Cole

Monday, September 29, 2014 - 12:00pm

Room 122

The War on Terror and Civil Society Constitutionalism

Bio: David Cole is the Hon. George J. Mitchell Professor in Law and Public Policy at Georgetown University Law Center, where he teaches constitutional law, national security, and criminal justice.  He is also the legal affairs correspondent for The Nation, and a regular contributor to the New York Review of Books. He has been published widely in law journals and the popular press, including the Yale Law Journal, California Law Review, Stanford Law Review, New York Times, Washington Post, The New Republic, The Atlantic, Wall Street Journal, and Los Angeles Times.  He is the author or editor of seven books.  Less Safe, Less Free: Why America Is Losing the War on Terror, published in 2007, and co-authored with Jules Lobel, won the Palmer Civil Liberties Prize for best book on national security and civil liberties.   Enemy Aliens: Double Standards and Constitutional Freedoms in the War on Terrorism, received the American Book Award in 2004.  No Equal Justice: Race and Class in the American Criminal Justice System was named Best Non-Fiction Book of 1999 by the Boston Book Review, and best book on an issue of national policy in 1999 by the American Political Science Association.  His most recent book is The Torture Memos: Rationalizing the Unthinkable (2009).

Journalism After Snowden: David Schulz

Monday, September 29, 2014 - 5:00pm to 6:00pm

Location: Columbia University

Source Protection: Rescuing a privilege under attack.

ABSTRACT: The recent ruling rejecting any privilege for New York Times reporter James Risen to protect his confidential sources should be a wake up call for anyone concerned about the state of investigative journalism in America. This discussion will review the current state of the reporters’ privilege, reflect on whether the Obama administration really is “worse than Nixon” for reporters, and explore potential options for salvaging meaningful legal protections for the confidential communications of reporters and their sources.

Thomson Reuters Speaker Series: Bryan Choi

Wednesday, October 1, 2014 - 12:00pm to 1:30pm

Location: room 121

BIO: Bryan Choi is a Visiting Associate Professor at New York Law School. He received his J.D. from Harvard Law School and his B.A. in Computer Science from Harvard College. He joins the faculty from the Information Society Project at Yale Law School, where he was the Director of Law and Media, a Thomson Reuters Fellow, and a Kauffman Fellow. Previously, he practiced law at Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher, LLP, followed by clerkships with the Honorable Leonard I. Garth of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit and the Honorable William C. Bryson of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit.

Thomson Reuters Speaker Series: Danielle Citron

Tuesday, October 7, 2014 - 3:00pm to 4:30pm

Room 122

Hate Crimes in Cyberspace

ABSTRACT: Most Internet users are familiar with trolling—aggressive, foul-mouthed posts designed to elicit angry responses in a site’s comments. Less familiar but far more serious is the way some use networked technologies to target real people, subjecting them, by name and address, to vicious, often terrifying, online abuse. In an in-depth investigation of a problem that is too often trivialized by lawmakers and the media, Hate Crimes in Cyberspace exposes the startling extent of personal cyber-attacks and proposes practical, lawful ways to prevent and punish online harassment. A refutation of those who claim that these attacks are legal, or at least impossible to stop, Hate Crimes in Cyberspace reveals the serious emotional, professional, and financial harms incurred by victims.

Abrams: Erwin Chemerinsky

Wednesday, October 8, 2014 - 12:00pm

Room 121

The Case Against the Supreme Court 

Co-hosted by the Floyd Abrams Institute for Freedom of Expression, the Knight Law and Media Program at the Information Society Project, and the American Constitution Society (Yale Chapter). 

Edwin Chemerinsky, Dean and Distinguished Professor of Law, and Raymond Pryke Professor of First Amendment Law, University of California, Irvine School of Law

In this talk, Dean Chemerinsky argues that the Supreme Court has largely failed through American history.  One aspect has been the failure to enforce the Constitution, and especially the First Amendment, in times of crisis.  During World War I, the McCarthy Era, and the current war on terrorism, the Court has allowed government restrictions of speech that pose no apparent danger.  This is part of a larger pattern of the Court's failure to enforce the Constitution when it has been needed most.

Public Health in the Shadow of the First Amendment

Friday, October 17, 2014 - 1:30pm to Saturday, October 18, 2014 - 5:00pm

A Conference Hosted by Yale Law School, Yale Medical School, and the Yale School of Public Health

Sponsored by the Information Society Project (ISP), the Yale Global Health Justice Partnership (GHJP), and the Yale Health Law and Policy Society (YHeLPS), with generous support from the Samuel and Liselotte Herman Fund for the Social and Behavioral Sciences at The Yale School of Public Health, and the Oscar M. Reubhausen Fund.

Public Health in the Shadow of the First Amendment will bring together leading scholars, key policy makers, and top experts in law, public health and medicine. This conference, the first of its kind, will investigate a broad range of complex constitutional issues raised at the intersection of medicine, public health, and the First Amendment. 

The regulation of food, medicines, and tobacco all rely crucially today on the regulation of speech, for example through behavioral marketing, disclosures, and restrictions on certain modes of commercial promotion.  First Amendment doctrine has recently changed in significant ways, bringing it into potentially deep tension with such measures.  For example, commercial speech doctrine has been used to invalidate FDA restrictions on off-label marketing of drugs, to prevent graphic warnings on cigarette packages, and to challenge calorie disclosures in restaurants.

In addition, new and important questions about the limits of a legislature’s ability to mandate or forbid certain physician speech are emerging.  For example, should the First Amendment protect doctors from requirements that they provide patients with ultrasounds or medically unproven “information” in the abortion context, or mental health providers from restrictions on conducting reparative therapy for gay teens?  In cases such as these, courts and legislatures are also increasingly required to adjudicate questions of scientific merit.  Many recent examples suggest reason for concern about the results. 

Neither courts nor scholars have developed a consistent and coherent approach to these different areas. Experts in First Amendment law are rarely in a position to fully articulate the health consequences of these cases, and health experts rarely have the literacy in free speech law required to navigate these issues.

This conference will investigate these enormously important issues, with panels on food and drug regulation, behavioral marketing in the context of obesity, tobacco, and food policy, the regulation of professional conduct, First Amendment theory, and the intersection between science and democracy.

Eventbrite - Public Health in the Shadow of the 1st Amendment

Knight LAMP: James Katz

Tuesday, October 28, 2014 - 12:00pm

Room 121

Social Media President: Barack Obama and the Politics of Citizen Engagement

Bio:James E. Katz, Ph.D. is the Feld Professor of Emerging Media at Boston University’s College of Communication where he directs its Center for Mobile Communication Studies and Division of Emerging Media. His work on the internet, social media and mobile communication has been internationally recognized. His latest book, The Social Media President: Barack Obama and the Politics of Citizen Engagement, is being published by Palgrave Macmillan.

Abrams: Net Neutrality: From Debate to Policy Decisions

Monday, November 3, 2014 - 7:30am

Net Neutrality: From debate to policy decisions

After several years of discussions in academia, industry, and policymaking circles, the issue of net neutrality has taken center stage in debates on U.S. media and telecommunications. In February, cable providers Comcast and Time-Warner announced their intent to merge into a single company. And this spring, the FCC solicited public input on its proposed Open Internet Rules, and FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler has stated that he expects to have enforceable rules in place by the end of 2014. Under the new rules, "behavior harmful to consumers or competition by limiting the openness to the Internet will not be permitted." With these events as backdrop, the Abrams Institute at Yale Law School will host a panel discussion at the Century Club in New York, on the topic of net neutrality.

Eventbrite - Abrams Institute: Net Neutrality breakfast


FAIA: John Carlin

Monday, November 3, 2014 - 6:00pm
Defending Our Nation by Prosecuting State-Sponsored Cyber Theft
Co-sponsored with the National Security Group and Foreign Affairs in the Internet Age 
John P. Carlin was confirmed as the Assistant Attorney General for National Security in April 2014.
As AAG, Mr. Carlin oversees nearly 350 federal employees responsible for protecting the nation against terrorism, espionage, cyber, and other significant national security threats. He also works closely with the nation’s 93 United States Attorneys in the investigation and prosecution of national security matters in their districts.
Mr. Carlin has dedicated his entire professional career to public service, both as a prosecutor and in a variety of leadership positions. Mr. Carlin joined NSD in 2011 after serving as Chief of Staff and Senior Counsel to former FBI Director Robert S. Mueller, III, where he helped lead the Bureau’s evolution to meet growing and changing national security threats, including cyber threats.

PSRJ Speaker Series: Maya Manian

Tuesday, November 4, 2014 - 12:00pm to 1:30pm

The Consequences of Abortion Restrictions for Women's Healthcare

BIO: Maya Manian, professor of law at the University of San Francisco School of Law, focuses her research on access to reproductive healthcare and explores the relationship between reproductive rights and gender equality. She publishes and presents regularly on abortion rights and related constitutional issues. Her publications include "Lessons from Personhood’s Defeat: Abortion Restrictions and Side Effects on Women’s Health" (Ohio State Law Journal, 2013); "Functional Parenting and Dysfunctional Abortion Policy: Reforming Parental Involvement Legislation” (Family Court Review, 2012); “The Irrational Woman: Informed Consent and Abortion Decision-Making” (Duke Journal of Gender Law & Policy, 2009); “Rights, Remedies, and Facial Challenges” (Hastings Constitutional Law Quarterly, 2009); and “Privatizing Bans on Abortion: Eviscerating Constitutional Rights Through Tort Remedies” (Temple Law Review, 2007). She previously served as a Blackmun Fellowship Attorney at the Center for Reproductive Rights in New York City, where she was a visiting scholar for a series of events during the 2011–2012 academic year. Professor Manian received her undergraduate degree from the University of Michigan and her law degree magna cum laude from Harvard Law School, where she served on the Harvard Law Review.


Thomson Reuters Speaker Series: Carissima Mathen

Tuesday, November 11, 2014 - 12:00pm to 1:30pm

"Chief Justice John Roberts is a Robot” 

ABSTRACT: Around the globe, people awaken to some very strange news. In different languages, the same headline thunders: “Chief Justice John Roberts is a Robot.”  Badly injured during an ambush and attempted kidnapping while attending a conference at the House of Lords, Roberts’ captors boldly delivered-him-up to the Royal London Hospital and sped off.  In urgent and unusual circumstances—and in breach of US and international protocols—a team of emergency surgeons cut him open to discover that his biology ran only skin deep.

FAIA: Michael Wilner

Wednesday, November 12, 2014 - 12:00pm

Room 121

Information Gaps on National Security

Poor journalism broadly affects the outcomes of national security crises. From the schoolhouses of Gaza, the streets of Raqqa and the negotiating table with Iran, government actors take advantage of limited access to manipulate storylines that will influence private interests, lobbying parties and domestic political debate. Resource cuts in newsrooms restrict on-the-ground reporting in the world's most dangerous conflict zones. And mass leaks erode trust on both sides. A look at how strategic communications is forcing reporters on the National Security Council to recalculate.

Thomson Reuters Panel: Net Neutrality or Net Diversity?

Tuesday, November 18, 2014 - 12:00pm to 1:30pm

What is net neutrality? How does it affect you? What are the arguments on both sides? What are the implications of the FCC’s proposed rules, and what alternative policies can be pursued? These issues will be discussed with several of the most important voices in this debate: FTC Commissioner Joshua Wright, Marvin Ammori, Professor Christopher Yoo, and Professor Christiaan Hogendorn. 

Journalism After Snowden: Ethan Zuckerman

Tuesday, November 18, 2014 - 6:00pm to 7:00pm

Journalism After Snowden, funded by The Tow Foundation and the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation is a yearlong series of events, research projects and writing from the Tow Center for Digital Journalism in collaboration with Columbia Journalism Review.

The Tow Center for Digital Journalism and the Information Society Project of Yale Law School have partnered to present this series of 4 lectures as part of the larger Journalism After Snowden project this Fall.

Journalism After Snowden: Jill Abramson

Tuesday, December 2, 2014 - 12:00pm to 1:30pm

Journalism After Snowden, funded by The Tow Foundation and the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation is a yearlong series of events, research projects and writing from the Tow Center for Digital Journalism in collaboration with Columbia Journalism Review.

The Tow Center for Digital Journalism and the Information Society Project of Yale Law School have partnered to present this series of 4 lectures as part of the larger Journalism After Snowden project this Fall.

PSRJ Speaker Series: Susannah Pollvogt

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

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.

Call for Papers - Freedom of Scholars Workshop 3

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.