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Christopher S. Yoo

John H. Chestnut Professor of Law, Communication, and Computer & Information Science; Director, Center for Technology, Innovation & Competition

Christopher Yoo

Christopher Yoo has emerged as one of the nation’s leading authorities on law and technology. His research focuses on how the principles of network engineering and the economics of imperfect competition can provide insights into the regulation of electronic communications. Continue reading…


  • Antitrust
  • Communications Law
  • Intellectual Property
  • Mass Media Law
  • Government Regulation
  • Regulated Industries
  • Presidential Power
  • Separation of Powers
  • Law and Technology


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CRITICAL CONCEPTS IN INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY LAW: COPYRIGHT, 2 vols. (Christopher S. Yoo ed., Edward Elgar 2011).
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NETWORKS IN TELECOMMUNICATIONS: ECONOMICS AND LAW (Cambridge Univ. Press 2009) (with Daniel F. Spulber).
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Articles and Book Chapters

Wickard for the Internet? Network Neutrality After Verizon v. FCC, 66 FED. COMM. L.J. 415 (2014).

Technological Determinism and Its Discontents, 127 HARV. L. REV. 914 (2014).

Merger Review by the Federal Communications Commission: Comcast-NBC Universal, 45 REV. IND. ORG. 295 (2014).

Antitrust, the Internet, and the Economics of Networks, in OXFORD HANDBOOK OF INTERNATIONAL ANTITRUST ECONOMICS 380 (Roger D. Blair & D. Daniel Sokol eds., Oxford University Press 2014) (with Daniel F. Spulber).

Towards a Closer Integration of Law and Computer Science, COMM. OF THE ACM, Jan. 2014, at 33.

Possible Paradigm Shifts in Broadband Policy, 9 I/S: J.L. & POL'Y FOR THE INFO. SOC'Y 367 (2014).

The Impact of Codification on the Judicial Development of Copyright, in INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY AND THE COMMON LAW 177 (Shyamkrishna Balganesh ed., Cambridge University Press 2013).

The Wires Go to War: The U.S. Experiment with Government Ownership of the Telephone System During World War I, 91 TEX. L. REV. 983 (2013) (with Michael A. Janson).

Is There a Role for Common Carriage in an Internet-Based World?, 50 HOUS. L. REV. 545 (2013).

Protocol Layering and Internet Policy, 161 U. PA. L. REV. 1707 (2013).

When Antitrust Met Facebook, 19 GEO. MASON L. REV. 1147 (2012).

Beyond Coase: Emerging Technologies and Property Theory, 160 U. PA L. REV. 2189 (2012).

Are Those Who Ignore History Doomed to Repeat It?, 78 U. CHI. L. REV. 1627 (2011) (book review) (with Peter Decherney & Nathan Ensmenger).

Cloud Computing: Architectural and Policy Implications, 36 REV. INDUS. ORG. 405 (2011).

Nonrivalry and Price Discrimination in Copyright Economics, 157 U. PA. L. REV. 1801 (2009) (with John P. Conley).

Mandating Access to Telecom and the Internet: The Hidden Side of Trinko, 106 COLUM. L. REV. 1822 (2007) (with Daniel F. Spulber).

Copyright and Public Good Economics: A Misunderstood Relation, 155 U. PA. L. REV. 635 (2007).

Network Neutrality and the Economics of Congestion, 94 GEO. L.J. 1847 (2006).

Beyond Network Neutrality, 19 HARV. J.L. & TECH. 1 (2005).

The Rise and Demise of the Technology-Specific Approach to the First Amendment, 91 GEO. L.J. 245 (2003).

Vertical Integration and Media Regulation in the New Economy, 19 YALE J. ON REG. 171 (2002).

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Working Papers

COMPUTING IN THE CLOUD: AN INTERDISCIPLINARY ANALYSIS (Christopher S. Yoo & Jean-Francois Blanchette eds., MIT Press forthcoming 2015).

Modularity Theory and Internet Policy, 2016 UNIVERSITY OF ILLINOIS LAW REVIEW. (forthcoming)
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Public Good Economics and Standard Essential Patents (forthcoming)
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Wireless Networks: Technological Challenges and Policy Implications (Nov. 2013). U of Penn, Inst for Law & Econ Research Paper No. 13-31. (forthcoming)
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Cyber Espionage or Cyber War?: International Law, Domestic Law, and Self-Protective Measures, in THE LAW OF CYBERWAR: DIGITAL CONFLICTS, KINETIC RESULTS (Claire Finkelstein, Kevin Govern, & Jens David Ohlin eds., Oxford University Press forthcoming 2015).
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Copyright and Personhood Revisited (forthcoming)
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U.S. vs. European Broadband Deployment: What Do the Data Say?
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Research Areas

  • Telecommunications Law
  • Cyberlaw/Internet Law
  • Copyright
  • Mass Media Law
  • Presidential Power
  • Economic Regulation


Penn Law - John H. Chestnut Professor of Law (2011- ); Founding Director, Center for Technology, Innovation and Competition (2007- ); Professor (2007-2011); Visiting Professor (2006)

Annenberg School for Communication, Penn - Professor (2007- )

School of Engineering and Applied Science, Department of Computer and Information Science, Penn - Professor (2010- )

Vanderbilt University - Professor of Law and Founding Director, Technology and Entertainment Law Program (2005-07); Associate Professor (2002-2005); Assistant Professor (1999-2002)

Law Clerk to the Hon. Anthony M. Kennedy, Supreme Court of the United States (1997-98)

Law Clerk to the Hon. A. Raymond Randolph, United States Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit (1995-96)

Professional Activities

Testimony, Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation (March 11, 2010).

Testimony - House Committee on Energy and Commerce (Feb. 28, 2014).

Testimony, House Committee on the Judiciary (Dec. 16, 2009; and Mar. 11, 2008).

Testimony, Federal Communications Commission (Sept. 16, 2014; Jan. 13, 2010; Feb. 25, 2008; and Dec. 11, 2006).

Testimony, Federal Trade Commission (Feb. 14, 2007).

Testimony, Senate Committee on the Judiciary (Apr. 9, 2014; June 27, 2006; and Sept. 25, 2005).

Internet Governance Forum (Sept. 3, 2014; and Oct. 24, 2013)

Appearances, NewsHour with Jim Lehrer (July 26, 2006; and June 28, 2002).


  • Antitrust
  • Introduction to Intellectual Property
  • Telecommunications Law
  • Copyright Theory
  • Internet Law
  • Technology and Policy

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