Molly Land

Professor of Law
Headshot of Professor Land.
Office: Hosmer 116
  • International Human Rights
  • International Law
  • International Intellectual Property
  • Law and Technology
  • Conflicts of Law

International law and human rights scholar Molly Land joined the UConn Law faculty in 2013. Drawing on her human rights expertise and background as an intellectual property litigator, Professor Land’s scholarship focuses on the effect of new technologies on human rights fact-finding, advocacy, and enforcement, as well as the role of human rights norms and framing strategies in organizing around human rights issues. Her current work explores the extent to which human rights law can provide a foundation for claims of access to the Internet as well as the opportunities and challenges for using new technologies to achieve human rights objectives.

Professor Land’s articles have been published in the Yale, Harvard, and Michigan journals of international law, among other places, and she speaks and lectures widely on the relationship between technology and human rights advocacy. She has also authored several human rights reports, including a report for the World Bank on the role of new technologies in promoting human rights. Prior to joining the UConn faculty, Professor Land was an associate professor of law at New York Law School, where she taught International Human Rights, Civil Procedure, International Intellectual Property, and other courses. Her teaching experience also includes serving as a visiting lecturer in law and Allard K. Lowenstein/Robert M. Cover Fellow in International Human Rights at Yale Law School. A former Fulbright Scholar at the University of Bonn, Professor Land earned her J.D. at Yale Law School.

Professor Land is currently co-chair of the American Society of International Law’s International Law and Technology Interest Group. Prior to beginning her career in the academy, Professor Land was an associate at Faegre & Benson LLP in Minneapolis, where she represented clients in intellectual property disputes, and a fellow at Minnesota Advocates for Human Rights. She clerked for the Honorable Denise Cote of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.

Molly Land, Toward an International Law of the Internet, 54 Harv. Int'l L.J. 393 (2013)

Molly Land, Rebalancing TRIPS, 33 Mich. J. Int'l L. 1 (2012)

Molly Land, Networked Activism, 22 Harv. Hum. Rts. J. 801 (2009)

Molly Land, Peer Producing Human Rights, 46 Alberta L.R. 1 (2009)

Molly Land, Protecting Rights Online, 34 Yale J. Int'l L. 1 (2009)

Recent Faculty Notes
Molly Land Speaks at Book Presentation in Denmark
Jun 22, 2018 -

Professor Molly Land spoke about her new book "New Technologies for Human Rights Law and Practice" at the Danish Institute of Human Rights in Copenhagan, Denmark, on June 21, 2018. 

Molly Land Publishes New Book
Apr 20, 2018 -

The Cambridge University Press released “New Technologies for Human Rights Law and Practice,” a book co-edited by Professor Molly Land and Professor Jay Aronson from Carnegie Mellon on April 19, 2018. The book explores the increasingly important relationship between technology and human rights. Read more.

Molly Land Speaks on Yale Panel
Apr 17, 2018 -

Professor Molly Land was a panelist on a forum discussing "The Ethics and Politics of Finding Facts and Making Truth" at Yale Law School on April 13, 2018. The panel was one of many during the two-day symposium on "Solidarity: Sustaining the Struggle for Human Rights in a Fractured World."