GW Law launches Cybersecurity Law Initiative

A new Cybersecurity Law Initiative at George Washington University Law School aims to be a center for progress in the evolving field of cybersecurity law by hosting regular events for students and the public.

The new initiative was launched this month to bring together the law school’s existing strengths with expertise from across the university.

“For years, GW Law has had strong faculty expertise and curricular offerings in cybersecurity law,” program director Orin Kerr wrote in a blog post on The Volokh Conspiracy on the Washington Post. “We decided to bring that together with a formal initiative that includes affiliated scholars from elsewhere in the university.”

Kerr is one of the nation’s foremost experts in cybersecurity law. He has been at GW Law since 2001, and previously served as a trial attorney in the Computer Crime and Intellectual Property Section at the U.S. Department of Justice.

The Cybersecurity Law Initiative is just one of several cybersecurity programs at the university. GWU is a National Center of Excellence in Cyber Defense Research, and is also host to the GW Cyber Security and Privacy Research Institute (CSPRI); the Computer Science Department; the Department of Forensic Sciences; the Center for Cyber and Homeland Security; and the College of Professional Studies.

The National Science Foundation and the Department of Homeland Security are also offering full-tuition CyberCorps scholarships for students to study cybersecurity law.