Molly Land

Catherine Roraback Professor of Law
  • International Human Rights
  • International Law
  • International IP
  • 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 IP and cyberlaw litigator, Professor Land’s scholarship focuses on the intersection of human rights, science, technology, and innovation. Her most recent book, “New Technologies for Human Rights Law and Practice” (CUP 2018, ed. with Jay Aronson), provides an essential roadmap for understanding the relationship between technology and human rights law and practice. Professor Land’s current research is focused on developing an interdisciplinary framework based on human rights law for responding to harmful online speech in ways that balance protection against the harms of speech with appropriate safeguards for freedom of expression and privacy.

Professor Land’s articles have been published in the Connecticut Law Review and the Yale, Harvard, Virginia, and Michigan journals of international law, among other places, and she speaks and lectures widely on the relationship between technology and human rights. 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. A former Fulbright Scholar at the University of Bonn, Professor Land earned her JD at Yale Law School.

Professor Land recently completed a term as an alternate on the Board of Directors of the Global Network Initiative and as a member of the Committee on Scientific Freedom and Responsibility of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. 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 and domain name 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 K. Land and Richard Ashby Wilson, Hate Speech on Social Media: Content Moderation in Context, 52 Conn. L. Rev. 1 (2021)

Molly K. Land and Jay Aronson, Human Rights and Technology: New Challenges for Justice and Accountability, 16 Annual Review of Law and Social Science 223 (2020)

Molly K. Land, Against Privatized Censorship: Proposals for Responsible Delegation, 60 Va. J. Int’l L. 363 (2020)

Molly K. Land, The Problem of Platform Law: Pluralistic Legal Ordering and Social Media, in Oxford Handbook of Global Legal Pluralism 958 (Paul Berman ed., OUP 2020).

Molly K. Land (ed), New Technologies for Human Rights Law and Practice, (Cambridge University Press, 2018) (ed. with Jay Aronson).

Molly K. Land, Participatory Fact-Finding: Developing New Approaches to Human Rights Investigation Through New Technologies, in The Future of Human Rights Fact-Finding 399 (Philip Alston & Sarah Knuckey eds., Oxford University Press 2015).

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

Recent Faculty Notes
Molly Land to Speak at Royal Society Webinar
Jan 19, 2021 -

Molly Land will be speaking on a panel addressing hate speech with the Royal Society. The webinar will discuss the existing problem, legal concerns and debates, and practical solutions to end the spread of hate and violence that exists on online media platforms. The event will take place on January 27, 2020, read more and register here.

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