Barbara van Schewick

Barbara van Schewick

Scholar Title:

Director, Stanford Center for Internet and Society
M. Elizabeth Magill Professor of Law and Professor by courtesy of Electrical Engineering

Department: Stanford Law School

Colleges / Universities: Stanford University


Room N262, Neukom Building
Stanford, CA 94305-8610

Phone Number: (650) 723-8340


Blog: Professor van Schewick at Stanford’s CIS

Barbara van Schewick is the M. Elizabeth Magill Professor of Law at Stanford Law School, Director of Stanford Law School’s Center for Internet and Society, and Professor by courtesy of Electrical Engineering in Stanford University’s Department of Electrical Engineering. Her research focuses on the economic, regulatory, and strategic implications of communication networks. In particular, she explores how changes in the architecture of computer networks affect the economic environment for innovation and competition on the Internet, and how the law should react to these changes.

Professor van Schewick is a leading expert on net neutrality. Her book Internet Architecture and Innovation (MIT Press 2010, Paperback 2012) is considered to be the seminal work on the science, economics and policy of network neutrality. Her research has influenced net neutrality debates in the United States, Canada, Latin America, Asia, and Europe, and has been cited by academics, stakeholders, regulatory agencies, and other public entities worldwide. The Federal Communications Commission’s 2010 and 2014 Open Internet Orders relied heavily on her work. Her work also shaped the European Union’s recently adopted guidelines implementing the European Union’s net neutrality law, the 2017 Orders on zero-rating by the Canadian Radio-Television and Telecommunications Commission, and the 2016 Order on zero-rating by the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India.

Professor van Schewick has testified before the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), the Body of European Regulators for Electronic Communications (BEREC), and the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC), and has advised policy makers, legislators, and regulators in the US, Latin America, and Europe. She has submitted White Papers, ex parte letters and comments to network-neutrality-related proceedings in the U.S., Canada, India, and Europe, and co- authored amicus briefs defending the FCC’s Order against Comcast and the FCC’s 2010 and 2014 Open Internet Orders. In 2007, van Schewick was one of three academics who, together with public interest groups, filed the petition that started the FCC’s network neutrality inquiry into Comcast’s blocking of BitTorrent and other peer-to-peer protocols. Her letters to the FCC regarding Verizon Wireless’ blocking of tethering applications and Verizon’s, AT&T’s and T-Mobile’s blocking of Google Wallet received widespread attention and motivated the FCC and members of Congress to formally or informally investigate these cases.

Professor van Schewick received the Scientific Award 2005 from the German Foundation for Law and Computer Science and the Award in Memory of Dieter Meurer 2006 from the German Association for the Use of Information Technology in Law (“EDV-Gerichtstag”) for her doctoral work. In 2010, she received the Research Prize Technical Communication 2010 from the Alcatel-Lucent Stiftung for Communications Research for her “pioneering work in the area of Internet architecture, innovation and regulation.”


J.D. Free University Berlin

Ph.D. Technical University Berlin

M.S. Technical University Berlin

B.S. Technical University Berlin