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G.S. Hans

Assistant Clinical Professor of Law

Gautam Hans joined Vanderbilt’s law faculty in summer 2018 to launch a legal clinic focused on First Amendment issues and protections funded by a grant from the Stanton Foundation. His work and scholarship examine how individuals and organizations grapple with the complex legal and policy issues involved with technology and civil liberties. Professor Hans previously served as a Clinical Fellow at the University of Michigan Law School, where he focused on intellectual property and technology law.

Prior to returning to academia, Professor Hans served as policy counsel and director at the Center for Democracy and Technology in San Francisco, where he worked on a range of technology law and policy issues including speech, privacy and surveillance. He joined CDT, based in Washington, D.C., in 2012 as the Ron Plesser Fellow, focusing on privacy issues, after earning both his J.D., cum laude, and his master’s in information at the University of Michigan.

Professor Hans is a frequent speaker on civil liberties and intellectual property. His work has appeared in a range of journals, newspapers, and online media, and has been cited by the U.S. Supreme Court (in dissent). While earning his graduate degrees at the University of Michigan, Professor Hans was editor-in-chief of the Michigan Telecommunications and Technology Law Review and served as a student-attorney in the Entrepreneurship Clinic and the Michigan Clinical Law Program. Before entering graduate school, he was an editorial assistant in the Knopf Group of Random House Inc.

Research Interests

Freedom of speech, press, and association; law and technology; intellectual property; privacy and surveillance; legal ethics and profession

Representative Publications

  • "The Diversity Imperative Revisited: Racial and Gender Inclusion in Clinical Law Faculty," 26 Clinical Law Review 127 (2019) (with D. Archer, C. Barry, D. Howard, A. Karteron, S. Mahatev, and J. Selbin)
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  • "Curing Administrative Search Decay," 24 Boston University Journal of Science & Technology Law 1 (2018)
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  • "Public Performance Rights in the Digital Age: Fixing the Licensing Problem," 111 Michigan Law Review First Impressions 10 (2012)
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