UCLA JOLT's Special Issue Symposium on Governing the Digital Space

April 14, 2022 - April 15, 2022 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM

In the law and governance realm, there is a constant challenge between the breakneck pace of innovation, and centuries-old concepts which constitute the foundation of our modern legal system. Some of the most dynamic areas of legal scholarship revolve around the struggle to adapt principles like “freedom of the press” or a “meeting of the minds” to contexts that would be quite literally beyond the comprehension of the original authors of these terms.

Please join the UCLA Institute for Technology, Law & Policy and the UCLA Journal of Law & Technology (JOLT) for a two-day symposium on April 14-15 to discuss emerging issues in law and technology. The symposium is organized around the launch of a special issue of the UCLA JOLT, and will feature authors from the issue, as well as leading global experts in the law and tech space.

Breakfast, lunch, and refreshments to be served. Event is free and open to all UCLA community members.

Registration: https://forms.gle/A9B5csKf8gmiUpBh8

  • Thursday, April 14th from 9:00 am - 5:00 pm | Law School Room 3483

  • Friday, April 15th from 9:00 am - 5:00 pm | Luskin Conference Center 

Symposium Schedule: 


Thursday, April 14th 

9:00 AM – 9:15 AM | Introductions

9:15 AM -10:00 AM | Bharath Gururagavendran

10:00 AM – 10:45 | Qingyang Xue

10:55 AM - 11:00 AM | Break

11:00 AM -11:45 AM | Mark Verstraete

11:45 AM -12:30 PM | 

1:30 PM -2:15 PM | Salome Kohler

2:15 PM -3:00 PM | Courtney Radsch

3:00 PM – 3:30 PM | Break

3:30 PM - 4:15 PM | Akshay Sreekumar & Peter Horton

4:15 PM – 5:00 PM | Pu-Cheng Huang



Friday, April 15th 


9:00 AM - 9:15 AM | Introductions


9:15 AM- 10:45 AM | Panel 1: The Rise of Virtual Governments

  • Edward Lee, IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law

  • Michael Karanicolas, UCLA Institute for Technology, Law & Policy

  • Moderator: Angel Diaz

11:00 AM - 12:30 PM | Panel 2: Moderation and the Infrastructure Layer

  • Christopher Busch, University of Osnabrück

  • Corynne McSherry, Electronic Frontier Foundation

  • Zakir Durumeric, Stanford University

  • Moderator: Courtney Radsch, UCLA Institute for Technology, Law & Policy

1:30 PM - 3:00 PM | Panel 3: Understanding Smart Contracts

  • Joshua Fairfield, Washington and Lee University

  • Brian Slocum, University of the Pacific

  • Gillian Hadfield, University of Toronto

  • Moderator: Mark Verstraete, UCLA Institute for Technology, Law & Policy


3:15 PM - 4:45 PM | Panel 4: Public Perceptions, Legitimacy, and Process in Speech Moderation

  • Aileen Nielsen, ETH Zurich

  • Eugene Volokh, UCLA School of Law

  • Erin Miller, University of Southern California

  • Moderator: Michael Karanicolas, UCLA Institute for Technology, Law & Policy