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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… 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. He has been a leading voice in the “network neutrality” debate that has dominated Internet policy over the past several years. He is also pursuing research on copyright theory as well as the history of presidential power. He is the author of The Dynamic Internet: How Technology, Users, and Businesses Are Transforming the Network (AEI Press, 2012), Networks in Telecommunications: Economics and Law (Cambridge Univ. Press, 2009) (with Daniel F. Spulber) and The Unitary Executive: Presidential Power from Washington to Bush (Yale Univ. Press, 2008) (with Steven G.  Calabresi). Yoo testifies frequently before Congress, the Federal Communications Commission, and the Federal Trade Commission.

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Expertise

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

Books

THE DYNAMIC INTERNET: HOW TECHNOLOGY, USERS, AND BUSINESS ARE TRANSFORMING THE NETWORK (AEI Press 2012).
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CRITICAL CONCEPTS IN INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY LAW: COPYRIGHT, 2 vols. (Christopher S. Yoo ed., Edward Elgar 2011)
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THE UNITARY EXECUTIVE: PRESIDENTIAL POWER FROM WASHINGTON TO BUSH (Yale Univ. Press 2008) (with Steven G. Calabresi).
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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

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).

Internet Policy Going Forward: Does One Size Still Fit All?, in LAW AND COMMUNICATIONS POLICY IN THE DIGITAL AGE: THE NEXT FIVE YEARS 51–65 (Randolph J. May ed., 2012).

New Technologies and Constitutional Law, in ROUTLEDGE HANDBOOK OF CONSTITUTIONAL LAW 485–94 (Mark Tushnet et al. eds., 2012) (with Thomas Fetzer).

Network Neutrality and the Need for a Technological Turn in Internet Scholarship, in HANDBOOK OF MEDIA LAW AND POLICY: A SOCIO-LEGAL EXPLORATION (Monroe E. Price et al. eds., Routledge, 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).

Product Life Cycle Theory and the Maturation of the Internet, 104 NW. U. L. REV. 641 (2010).

Free Speech and the Myth of the Internet as an Unintermediated Experience, 78 GEO. WASH. L. REV. 697 (2010).

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).

On the Regulation of Networks as Complex Systems: A Graph Theory Approach, 99 NW. U. L. REV. 1687 (2005) (with Daniel F. Spulber).

Copyright and Product Differentiation, 79 N.Y.U. L. REV. 212 (2004).

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

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

Modularity Theory and Internet Policy (forthcoming)
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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)

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

Antitrust, the Internet, and the Economics of Networks, in OXFORD HANDBOOK OF INTERNATIONAL ANTITRUST ECONOMICS (Roger D. Blair & D. Daniel Sokol eds., Oxford University Press forthcoming 2014) (with Daniel F. Spulber) (forthcoming)
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Possible Paradigm Shifts in Broadband Policy, 9 I/S: J.L. & POL'Y FOR THE INFO. SOC'Y (forthcoming 2014)

Cyberwar: What, Why, How, and Who, in THE LAW OF CYBERWAR: DIGITAL CONFLICTS, KINETIC RESULTS (Claire Finkelstein, Kevin Govern, & Jens David Ohlin eds., Oxford University Press forthcoming 2014) (with Jonathan M. Smith). (forthcoming)

Copyright and Personhood Revisited (forthcoming)
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Research Areas

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

Positions

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 (Jan. 13, 2010, Feb. 25, 2008, and Dec. 11, 2006).

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

Testimony - Senate Committee on the Judiciary (June 27, 2006, and Sept. 25, 2005).

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

Courses

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

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