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Lawrence Lessig

Boston, USA
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Director of the Edmond J. Safra Foundation Center for Ethics, Harvard University

Professor of Law, Harvard Law School

Expert on Culture, Ethics and Technology

Professor Lawrence Lessig is the Director of the Edmond J. Safra Foundation Center for Ethics at Harvard University, and a Professor of Law at Harvard Law School. He talks with great authority on the link between culture, ethics and technology.

Prior to returning to Harvard, Lawrence was a Professor of Law at Stanford Law School (where he was founder of Stanford’s Center for Internet and Society), Harvard Law School (1997-2000), and the University of Chicago Law School. Lessig clerked for Judge Richard Posner on the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals and Justice Antonin Scalia on the United States Supreme Court.

For much of his academic career, Lawrence has focused on law and technology, especially as it affects copyright. He is the author of five books on the subject “Remix” (2008), “Code v2” (2007), “Free Culture” (2004), “The Future of Ideas” (2001) and “Code and Other Laws of Cyberspace” (1999). He has also served as lead counsel in a number of important cases marking the boundaries of copyright law in a digital age, including Eldred v. Ashcroft, a challenge to the 1998 Sonny Bono Copyright Term Extension Act, and Golan v. Holder.

Lawrence has won numerous awards, including the Free Software Foundation’s Freedom Award, and was named one of Scientific American’s Top 50 Visionaries. He is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and the American Philosophical Society.

Lawrence serves on the boards of Creative Commons, MAPLight, Brave New Film Foundation, Change Congress, The American Academy, Berlin, Freedom House and iCommons.org. He is on the advisory board of the Sunlight Foundation. He has previously served on the boards of the Free Software Foundation, the Software Freedom Law Center, Electronic Frontier Foundation, the Public Library of Science, Free Press, and Public Knowledge. Lawrence was also a columnist for Wired, Red Herring, and the Industry Standard.

Our Comment

"Lawrence's speeches follow his current academic work, which addresses the question of "institutional corruption" roughly, influences within an economy of influence that weaken the effectiveness of an institution, or weaken public trust. His current work at the EJ Safra Lab oversees a 5 year research project addressing institutional corruption in a number of institutional contexts."

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