As part of a continuing series on Fall 2016 semester courses related to innovation and business law, this post spotlights the Innovation, Business & Law Colloquium: The Private Law of Privacy.

As a teaching and research venture for scholars studying problems of corporate, intellectual, and antitrust law, the Innovation, Business & Law (IBL) Center offers an integrated curriculum on these subjects, encourages interdisciplinary research, and engages in cutting-edge discussions about these important areas of the law. The IBL Colloquium embodies all three facets of the Center’s mission.

The Fall 2016 IBLC Colloquium will feature a series of nationally renowned scholars in antitrust, business, and intellectual property law who will present their work around the theme “The Private Law of Privacy.” Prior to each scholar’s visit, students will read the work and participate in a one-hour preparation session led by an Iowa faculty member. Students will then attend and participate in the Thursday evening colloquium session where they will have an opportunity to engage with the visiting scholar.

This year’s confirmed participants:

  • Danielle Citron, Lois K. Macht Research Professor of Law at University of Maryland Law School. Her work focuses on information privacy, cyber law, automated systems, and civil rights. Professor Citron is the author of Hate Crimes in Cyberspace published by Harvard University Press. Cosmopolitan and Harper’s Bazaar nominated her book as one of the “Top 20 Best Moments for Women” in 2014.

  • Florencia Marotta-Wurgler, Professor of Law at NYU Law School. Professor Marotta-Wurgler’s teaching and research interests are contracts, electronic commerce, privacy online, law and economics, and commercial law. Her current research focuses on standard form contracting online.

  • Sarah Igo, Associate Professor of History at Vanderbilt University. Professor Igo’s research interests are in modern American cultural and intellectual history, the history of the human sciences, the sociology of knowledge, and the history of the public sphere. Her first book, The Averaged American: Surveys, Citizens, and the Making of a Mass Public, explores the relationship between survey data and modern understandings of self and nation.
  • Wiliam McGeveran, Associate Professor and Solly Robins Distinguished Research Fellow at University of Minnesota Law School. Professor McGeveran specializes in information law, including data privacy, intellectual property, communications and technology, and free speech. His current research focuses on digital identity and data privacy, ranging from online impersonation to the privacy features of Facebook and other social networks.

Course description

This seminar will feature a series of six nationally renowned scholars in antitrust, business and intellectual property law.  Each scholar will present a current work in progress at a bi-weekly IBL Colloquium.  Prior to the scholar’s visit, students will read the work, prepare a short reaction paper, and attend a half-hour preparation session led by a University of Iowa faculty member.  During the scholar’s visit, students will participate in a presentation session where they will have an opportunity to directly engage with the visiting scholar. 

This fall’s IBL Colloquium topic is “The Private Law of Privacy.”  Scholars will be invited to present works that explore how the legal system addresses the tension between the human interest in privacy and businesses’ interest in fulfilling their business goals. 

Assigned readings will primarily consist of the articles being presented by speakers. Students will also write a three-page, double-spaced reaction paper on the presented work that includes two questions that they can ask the visiting scholar during the colloquium session. These reaction papers will be provided to the visiting scholar following his or her presentation.

Credit: Each student will earn one academic credit for their participation in the Colloquium.  This course is off the curve.  

Enrollment Restrictions: Enrollment in the IBL Colloquium is restricted to 10 upper division students with priority given to students in their final year of studies at the Law School.  There are no course prerequisites.

Schedule information:

Thursdays from 3:30 – 5 p.m.

Boyd Law Building, Room 275

Presentation sessions will take place on Thursday afternoons from 3:30 – 5:00 p.m.  Students, faculty and staff may attend the presentation sessions without being enrolled in the course; however, attendance at preparation sessions will be restricted to enrolled students.


Katrina Do | March 31, 2016