Georgetown Institute for Technology Law & Policy Launches Journal; Announces Partnership With D.C. Mayor’s Office; Hosts Events Featuring FTC Commissioner McSweeny, Federal Circuit Judge Stoll

November 30, 2016

The Georgetown Law Technology Review, a student-run, online journal affiliated with Georgetown Law’s new Institute for Technology Law & Policy released its inaugural issue today. Focusing on issues at the intersection of law, policy and technology, the journal offers new perspectives on topics such as liability regimes affecting self-driving cars, privacy in the era of drones, and emerging developments in international data breach laws. Additional articles offer commentary on recent Supreme Court cases and accessible “tech explainers” on topics such as natural language and Bayesian analysis.

The launch of the new journal comes during a week of inaugural events for the new Georgetown Institute for Technology Law & Policy:

• On Wednesday, the Institute will partner with the Office of D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser, Google, and other national and local leaders to launch BEACON: The DC Women Founders Initiative, a campaign to expand resources and opportunities for women entrepreneurs. The initiative launches with a roundtable event on Wednesday at 2:30 p.m. featuring D.C. Deputy Mayor Brian Kenner, Georgetown Institute for Technology Law & Policy Executive Director Alexandra Reeve Givens, and area thought leaders focused on inclusive innovation. More on the launch of BEACON is available here.

• On Wednesday evening, the Institute will celebrate its launch and mark the release of the new journal with a reception at Georgetown Law featuring Federal Trade Commissioner Terrell McSweeny (L’04), Federal Circuit Judge Kara Stoll (L’97), and BSA | Software Alliance President and CEO Victoria Espinel (L’92). For more information on the event, please contact

• On Thursday and Friday, the Institute will co-host the Patent Law and Policy Conference at Georgetown Law with the Berkeley Center for Law & Technology, bringing together judges, practitioners, scholars and policymakers to discuss current topics in patent litigation.  Speakers include Federal Circuit Judge Sharon Prost and Patent & Trademark Office Director Michelle Lee. More on the conference is available here.

This week’s events kickstart programming for Georgetown Law’s new Technology Institute and underscore the school’s commitment to developing a new generation of tech-savvy lawyers and lawmakers from its base in the nation’s capital.

“Everywhere you look, technology is driving economic, political and social change – often at break-neck speeds,” said the Institute’s Executive Director, Alexandra Reeve Givens, who previously served as the Senate Judiciary Committee’s chief counsel for intellectual property and antitrust.

“If we want policy and law to keep pace with innovation, we must equip policymakers with a deep understanding of technology and encourage nuanced, thoughtful conversations about the opportunities and challenges that technology presents,” she said.

Georgetown Law launched the Georgetown Institute for Technology Law & Policy earlier this month to train the next generation of lawyers and lawmakers and provide a forum for policymakers, academics and industry leaders to discuss the most pressing issues involving technology, the law and public policy.

The new journal, which will operate under the umbrella of the Institute, can be viewed at and followed on Twitter at @GLTReview.