What is the Cyberspace Law Institute?

The Cyberspace Law Institute studies, and helps to develop, the new forms of law and law-making required by the growth of global communications networks and online communities.

We believe, fundamentally, that thorough and open-minded discussion of the new issues posed by the growth of the global network can make a significant contribution to the continued orderly settlement of this new territory.

The CLI will gather together, under one (virtual) roof, leading thinkers on the legal issues emerging in this new environment of computer-mediated communications. Its goal is to foster focused consideration of "real world" questions regarding the law of the Net, concrete proposals for the adoption of specific rules to resolve existing conflicts (and, where appropriate, the mechanisms pursuant to which such rules can be adopted).

The CLI will initiate a series of colloquies, each of which will focus on a particular substantive legal issue and each of which will be moderated or otherwise led by one or more CLI Fellows. Colloquies may take any of a number of forms, from moderated on-line discussions among the CLI Fellows leading to the production of a CLI "policy statement," to implementation of pilot projects (with periodic reporting back to the Fellows and an opportunity for Fellows to guide project development and implementation).

We anticipate undertaking colloquies in the following areas during the next 12 - 18 months:

The CLI will be an entirely virtual institution; it will own no assets other than its reputation for informed work product -- a think-tank without the tank.

The CLI Co-Directors are David R. Johnson (Chairman of Counsel Connect), David Post and John Podesta (Georgetown University Law Center), and Peggy Radin and Carey Heckman (Stanford Law School).

Questions concerning the CLI can be directed to David Johnson or to david.post@counsel.com
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