Lawrence Lessig

Lawrence Lessig

Scholar Title: Roy L. Furman Professorship of Law and Leadership

Department: School of Law

Colleges / Universities: Harvard University


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Lawrence Lessig is the Roy L. Furman Professor of Law and Leadership at Harvard Law School. His current areas of interest are Constitutional Law and Institutional Ethics, and he teaches and writes in the areas of constitutional law and the law of cyberspace. Professor Lessig has focused much of his career on law and technology, especially as it affects copyright. His current work addresses “institutional corruption”—relationships which, while legal, weaken public trust in an institution—especially as that affects democracy.

Professor Lessig is the author of numerous books on technology, including They Don’t Represent Us: Reclaiming Our Democracy (November 2019), Fidelity & Constraint: How the Supreme Court Has Read the American Constitution (May 2019), America, Compromised (2018), Republic, Lost v2 (2015), Republic, Lost: How Money Corrupts Congress—and a Plan to Stop It (2011), Remix: Making Art and Commerce Thrive in the Hybrid Economy (2008), Code v2 (2006), The Future of Ideas (2001), and Code and Other Laws of Cyberspace (1999).

Professor Lessig has been cited by The New Yorker as “the most important thinker on intellectual property in the Internet era.” He is the founder of Equal Citizens and a founding board member of Creative Commons, and serves on the Scientific Board of AXA Research Fund. A member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the American Philosophical Society, he has received numerous awards including a Webby, the Free Software Foundation's Freedom Award, Scientific American 50 Award, and Fastcase 50 Award.


J.D. Yale Law School, 1989

M.A. Philosophy, Trinity College, 1986

B.S. Management, University of Pennsylvania, 1983

B.A. Economics, University of Pennsylvania, 1983