Policy Practicum: Intermediary Liability


Course Code:
LAW 805N
1 - 4
Law Honors/Pass/Restrd Cr/Fail


This practicum will give students an opportunity to research and advise our client on the intersection of intermediary liability, free expression rights, and international human rights instruments. Our expected client is the Office of the Special Rapporteur for Freedom of Expression to the Organization of American States, currently led by Edison Lanza. We will provide the Office with research and counsel about existing human rights instruments and their relation to pending proposed legislation and other important discussions within the Organization of American States concerning the liability of private online platforms like Facebook or Google for content posted by their users. Students' work will include researching and summarizing relevant materials from human rights bodies or related transnational organizations, identifying how they relate to specific legal developments or trends the Rapporteur will weigh in on, and advising the Rapporteur on responses and arguments. Students may also have the opportunity to publish their work as part of the Center for Internet and Society's World Intermediary Liability Map, a leading resource for practitioners and activists in the digital rights area around the world. Students wishing to undertake R credit, will perform additional research for a white paper analyzing the issues and results of the collective research. R credit is possible only by consent of the instructor. After the term begins, students accepted into the course can transfer from section (01) into section (02), which meets the R requirement, with consent of the instructor. In Spring Quarter (1 unit), this practicum continues research for the client on the intersection of intermediary liability, free expression rights, and international human rights instruments. Only one student selected for Winter Quarter may participate in Spring Quarter. Elements used in grading: Participation in class and final paper. — NOTE: Students may not count more than a combined total of eight units of directed research projects and policy lab practica toward graduation unless the additional counted units are approved in advance by the Petitions Committee. Such approval will be granted only for good cause shown. Even in the case of a successful petition for additional units, a student cannot receive a letter grade for more than eight units of independent research (Policy Lab practicum, Directed Research, Directed Writing, Senior Thesis, and/or Research Track). Any units taken in excess of eight will be graded on a mandatory pass basis. For detailed information, see "Directed Research/Policy Labs" in the SLS Student Handbook. CONSENT APPLICATION: To apply for this course, students must complete and submit a Consent Application Form available on the SLS website (Click Courses at the bottom of the homepage and then click Consent of Instructor Forms). See Consent Application Form for instructions and submission deadline.

Past Offerings

2016-2017 Spring

2016-2017 Winter

Back to the Top