Joel Reidenberg Receives Berkeley Privacy Award


On March 14, Professor Joel Reidenberg received the 2019 BCLT Privacy Award from the Berkeley Center for Law & Technology. The award recognizes Reidenberg’s seminal scholarship, innovative policy entrepreneurship, and tireless support of the privacy community.

Reidenberg, who serves as the Stanley D. and Nikki Waxberg Chair in Law, has been a pioneer in privacy for three decades. In 2005, he founded the Center on Law and Information Policy (CLIP) and currently serves as its academic director. His work has covered a wide range of issues, including privacy policies, privacy harms, government surveillance, student privacy, privacy in online gaming, and the new questions posed by algorithmic decision-making, as well as other technology related topics, including internet jurisdiction, free expression, intellectual property, internet governance, and intermediary liability.

“Joel has shaped my thinking about privacy law and information law, as he has shaped the thinking of colleagues, students, and professionals in the Fordham community and across the country,” said Dean Matthew Diller. “He is one of the most cited scholars in his field, and his area of expertise couldn’t be more vital than it is today given the urgent ongoing national conversation on privacy as it relates to Facebook, DNA testing, student data, AI, and so much more.”

In 2016, Reidenberg, with Professor Olivier Sylvain, developed an Information Law survey course, the first such course in the country. He also created Fordham Law’s LL.M. in IP and Information Law, and he served as the Law School’s LL.M. program director. He was president of Fordham’s faculty senate, associate vice president for academic affairs, and the creator of the School’s joint degree program with the Universite de Paris-Sorbonne, among other achievements.

Reidenberg has taught at Princeton University, where he is a visiting research collaborator at the Center for Information Technology Policy, at the Universite de Paris-Sorbonne, and at the Institut d’Etudes Politques de Paris. He is a member of the American Law Institute and an advisor to the ALI’s Principles of Law, Data Privacy project. He has served as an expert adviser to the U.S. Congress, the Federal Trade Commission, the European Commission, and the World Intellectual Property Organization.


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