Molly Land

Professor of Law
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  • 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 and became Associate Director of the University’s Human Rights Institute in 2015. 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 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. 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 serves on the Board of Directors of the Global Network Initiative and is 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 (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)

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 on Censorship of Art
Oct 19, 2018 -

Professor Molly Land spoke on October 12, 2018, in a panel disucssion entitled "Dangerous Art and Censorship" at the William Benton Museum of Art at the University of Connecticut in Storrs. The event was part of The Salon at Benton series.

Molly Land to Speak at United Nations Event
Sep 24, 2018 -

Professor Molly Land will deliver a keynote address on September 26, 2018, at an official side event on New Technologies and Human Rights during the 39th Session of the United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva, Switzerland. She will speak on the topic "Roadmap for Understanding the Relationship between Technology and Human Rights Law and Practice." The event is sponsored by the United Nations' Research Institute for Social Development and Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights as well as the permanent missions of South Korea, Austria and Denmark.

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. 

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