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Fall 2013/ Spring 2014 - Global Perspectives on Emerging Issues in Internet Law & Policy (Yoo)

WEDNESDAYS (4:30-6:30pm)



The Internet has emerged as perhaps the most important driver of economic growth and innovation.  As a result, a vibrant debate has emerged over which legal principles and policies best promote broadband deployment and entrepreneurship.  The U.S. and other nations have historically taken widely divergent approaches to the regulation of communications technologies.  Interestingly, some commentators have pointed to the OECD rankings as evidence that the U.S. should revise its polices to bring them more in line with the EU, while other commentators have pointed to the low level of infrastructure investment in Europe to suggest that the EU should adopt policies similar to those pursued by the U.S.

This 2013-14 Global Research Seminar (GRS) will examine and compare the regulatory approaches taken in the U.S. and other countries (placing primary emphasis on European countries), studying both the ways in which they have converged and the ways they have remained distinct.  In the process, the seminar will provide an introduction to EU law, covering both the EU’s institutions and lawmaking process. 

The seminar should be of particular interest to students interested in Internet policy, innovation, economic regulation, EU law, and the impact of different institutional structures (such as government ownership and federalism) on regulatory policy. 


The seminar will meet for eleven sessions in the fall semester and for three sessions late in the spring semester, when students will present their papers.  The seminar will also conduct week-long field research visits to Washington, D.C. (January 6-10, 2014), and Germany and Brussels during (March 10-14, 2014/spring break).  Students must be able to attend the entirety of both research visits to be eligible for this class.


Students will be responsible for arranging and paying for their own transportation to/from Europe. You must arrive on the specified date and remain with the group until the end of the program. There will be no exceptions for late arrivals or early departures. Students who arrive late or depart early may be subject to failing the course.

In addition to airfare, students will be charged a $900 program fee (for accommodations, in-country transportation and other programmatic expenses.) The trip fee assumes double occupancy accommodations. Single occupancy accommodations may be available by request for an additional fee. Some meals and cultural excursions will be covered by the program fees, but students will be expected to cover additional meals, sightseeing activities and incidental expenses.

Penn Law will provide partial or full financial aid to qualifying students. Students are also able to increase their loans to cover costs associated with this trip. After enrollment is determined, students seeking financial aid will be asked to provide a separate letter explaining the basis for their need. Financial aid decisions will be made in a timely fashion to allow students to drop the course should they wish to.


This class is open to 2L, 3L, and LLM students. There are no prerequisites for enrolling in the seminar. In order to be considered for the seminar, students must submit a short personal statement (of no more than 1,000 words) describing their reasons for wanting to take this class and their interest in the topic together with a resume or CV. As noted previously, only students who are able to take part in both field trips should apply.

You will need to send the following additional materials electronically to Lauren Owens at by 5 p.m. on Monday, August 19, 2013:
(i) Personal Statement
(ii) Resume