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Molly Land, J.D. - University of Connecticut. Storrs, CT, US

Molly Land, J.D. Molly Land, J.D.

Professor of Law and Human Rights; Associate Director, Human Rights Institute | University of Connecticut

Storrs, CT, UNITED STATES

Molly Land specializes in human rights law, specifically at the intersection with technology.

Biography

Drawing on her human rights expertise and background as an intellectual property litigator, Professor Land’s scholarship focuses on the intersection of human rights, science, and technology. Her most recent work considers the respective obligations of governments and Internet companies in regulating speech online as well as the effect of new technologies on human rights fact-finding, advocacy, and enforcement.

Professor Land’s articles have been published in the Yale, Harvard, and Michigan journals of international law, among other places, and she speaks and lectures widely on the relationship between technology and human rights. She has also authored several human rights reports, including a report for the World Bank on the role of new technologies in promoting human rights. Professor Land is a member of the Committee on Scientific Freedom and Responsibility with the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

Prior to joining the University of Connecticut, Professor Land was an associate professor of law at New York Law School. Her teaching experience also includes serving as a Visiting Lecturer in Law and Allard K. Lowenstein/Robert M. Cover Fellow in International Human Rights at Yale Law School. Before beginning her career in the academy, Professor Land was an associate at Faegre & Benson LLP in Minneapolis, where she represented clients in intellectual property disputes, and a fellow at Minnesota Advocates for Human Rights. She clerked for the Honorable Denise Cote of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York. A former Fulbright Scholar at the University of Bonn, Professor Land earned her J.D. at Yale Law School.

Areas of Expertise (5)

Cyberlaw Technology and the Law Human Rights Intellectual Property Law International Law

Education (3)

Yale Law School: J.D. 2001

University of Bonn: Fulbright Scholar 1997

Hamline University: B.A., English & Women's Studies 1996

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The UK’s plan to deny terrorists ‘safe spaces’ online would make us all less safe in the long run

The Conversation  

2017-06-15

In the wake of the recent attacks in Manchester and London, British Prime Minister Theresa May has called on social media companies to eliminate “safe spaces” online for extremist ideology. Despite losing the majority in the recent election, she is moving forward with plans to regulate online communications, including in cooperation with newly elected French President Emmanuel Macron...

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Trump Is Undermining Higher Education as a Global Enterprise

The Chronicle of Higher Education  print

2017-01-31

There are many reasons to be outraged at President Trump’s recent executive order temporarily suspending refugee arrivals and barring individuals from Iraq, Syria, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, and Yemen from entering the United States. The ban, however, should alarm us not just as Americans or as fellow humans, but as educators. The Wall Street Journal estimates that there are more than 17,000 students and over 2,000 teachers and researchers at U.S. universities and colleges from the seven countries identified in the order. Those who were abroad when the order was issued cannot return to their homes and places of study or work in the United States.

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Articles (3)

Toward an International Law of the Internet Harvard International Law Journal

2013

The Internet has an international law problem. International institutions ranging from the International Telecommunication Union to the UN General Assembly are becoming increasingly involved in regulating the Internet. Apart from the question of the desirability of...

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Networked Activism Harvard Human Rights Journal

2009

The same technologies that groups of ordinary citizens are using to write operating systems and encyclopedias are fostering a quiet revolution in another area-social activism. On websites such as Avaaz. org and Wikipedia, citizens are forming groups to report on human rights violations and organize e-mail writing campaigns, activities formerly the prerogative of professionals. Because the demands ...

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Peer Producing Human Rights Alberta Law Review

2009

Contrary to popular belief, it may indeed be possible to get something for nothing-and the benefits of doing so might far exceed our expectations. Despite the apparent lack of an incentive, ordinary citizens are using on-line spaces such as YouTube and Wikipedia to ...

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