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Hannibal Travis

Hannibal Travis

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Hannibal Travis is a lawyer admitted to practice in the State of New York, a teacher of law, and an author of legal publications. He is the editor of Cyberspace Law: Censorship and Regulation of the Internet (Routledge, 2013) and has taught at Florida International University, The University of Florida, and Villanova University. His writing includes book chapters on copyright law, freedom of expression, privacy law, telecommunications law, antitrust law, and human rights law. He clerked at the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California and was an associate at O’Melveny & Myers and Debevoise & Plimpton. A Thomson Reuters publication selected three of his articles on software and internet law among the best articles relating to intellectual property law published in their respective years of release. His peer-reviewed articles have appeared in journals published by the Copyright Society of the USA, Cambridge University Press and the University of Toronto Press and similar publications. He has also served as an expert witness in a copyright and moral rights arbitration and quoted as an authority on legal matters by the Associated Press, Politifact, and The Hill’s Congress blog. His shorter works have appeared in The Conversation, The Miami Herald, the ABA Preview of Supreme Court Cases, Prawfsblawg and numerous other media.


J.D., 1999 Harvard Law School, Cambridge, MA

  • magna cum laude (conferred for Class Rank in top 10%)

Professional Experience

2009 Research Consultant, Leeds Brown Law, P.C., Carle Place, NY

2005 (Associate) Professor of Law, Florida International University College of Law, Miami, FL

* Served as Interim Director of the Law Library, Interim Associate Dean for Information Resources

* Served on Cybersecurity (Cyber 9/12) Simulation Coaching Team (2020-2022); and Jessup International Law Moot Coaching Team (2007-2011)

2017 Irving Cypen Visiting Professor of Law, University of Florida, Gainesville, FL (Fall)

2008 Visiting Associate Professor, Villanova Univ. School of Law, Villanova, PA (Fall)

2001-2004 Associate (Litigation Group), Debevoise & Plimpton, New York, NY

2000-2001 Law Clerk, Honorable Wm. Matthew Byrne, Jr., United States District Court for the Central District of California, Los Angeles, CA

1999-2000 Associate (Litigation), O’Melveny & Myers, San Francisco, CA

1997-1998 Teaching Fellow (Law and Philosophy), Harvard College, Cambridge, MA

Selected Publications


2024 New Directions in Cyberlaw: AI Censors and the Future of Freedom (London: Routledge) (forthcoming)

2018 Copyright Class Struggle: Creative Economies in a Social Media Age (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press)

Articles and Chapters

2023 The Freedom of Influencing, 77 Miami Law Rev. 388 (invited symposium)

2022 State of Florida Appeals Ruling Against Anti-deplatforming Law: Initial Conclusion Is That Law Violates Freedoms of Speech and of the Press, 3/21 Medien und Recht International 126-129

2021 Injury, Inequality, and Remedies: Developments in Injunctive Relief and Damages in Intellectual Property Cases, 21 J. of High Technology Law 34-69

2018 United States [Banks’ Duty of Care], in A Bank’s Duty of Care (Danny Busch & Cees van Dam ed., Hart Publishing) (with George Harris and Sabrina Larson)

2016 Poverty and Financial Regulation: Socioeconomic Human Rights in the Obama Era, in Poverty in America 344-368 (Max Skidmore ed., Westphalia Press)

2010 The Principles of the Law of Software Contracts: At Odds with Copyright, Consumers, and European Law?, 83 Tulane Law Rev. 1557-94

2010 An Uncomfortable Fit? Intellectual Property Policy and the Administrative State, 14 Marquette Intellectual Property Law Rev. 441 (invited panel presentation)

2009 The Future According to Google: Technology Policy from the Standpoint of America’s Fastest-Growing Technology Company, 11 Yale J. of Law & Technology 209-27

2008 Genocide in Sudan: The Role of Oil Exploration and the Entitlement of the Victims to Reparations, 25 Arizona J. of International and Comparative Law 1

2007 Are Issuers of and Dealers in Securities Immune from Lawsuits Arising under Federal and State Antitrust Laws?, 34 ABA Preview of United States Supreme Court Cases 296 (case note on Credit Suisse Securities (USA) v. Billing (2007))

Selected Presentations

2021 The Right Not to Be Deplatformed in International and Comparative Perspective, American University Washington College of Law, Global Congress on Intellectual Property and the Public Interest, Tenleytown, MD (virtual)

2020 Transnational Interference with Privacy as a Crime Against Humanity, American University Washington College of Law, Global Congress on Intellectual Property and the Public Interest, Washington, DC (virtual)

2020 Remedies across IP Lines: Developments in Injunctive Relief and Damages (Especially for Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises), IP Summit, Miami, FL

2020 Connections and Boundaries between Intellectual Property and Data Privacy, INTA/FIU College of Law, Miami, FL

2018 We’re Gonna Need a Bigger Sandbox: Light Touch Regulation of [Crypto] AppCoins and ICOs, ABA Section of Business Law Annual Mtg., Austin, TX

2018 The Case of the Missing Consumer Surplus: The Complex Economics of Digital Music Royalties, Global Congress on Intellectual Property and the Public Interest, Tenleytown, MD

2018 How (Much) Artists Are Getting Paid in the Digital Age, Intellectual Property Institute of the California Lawyers Association, San Jose, CA

2017 Strategic Considerations in Issuing Guidelines for Unobjectionable Fanworks, Copyright Society of the USA 2017 Mid-Winter Meeting, Savannah, GA

2016 Latin America Cybersecurity Symposium, Kroll, and Jones Day, Miami, FL

2016 Cybersecurity Summit (The Dark Web: Liberty, Privacy, and Security), FIU School of International and Public Affairs, Miami, FL

2015 Cybercrime for the Trademark Practitioner: Data Security and Privacy Issues, International Trademark Association Roundtable/FIU College of Law, Miami, FL

2015 Debunking Copyright Myths, Copyright Society of the USA, Miami, FL

2012 Estimating the Economic Impact of Mass Digitization Projects on Copyright Holders: Evidence from the Google Book Search Litigation, Association of American Law Schools Annual Meeting Washington, DC

2010 Journalism in the World of Social Media, Twitter & Facebook, Florida Bar Media Law Conference, Miami, FL

2010 Copyright Basics and the Web, American Bar Association Conference on Legal Issues in Museum Administration, Miami, FL

2009 The FCC’s New Theory of the First Amendment, Florida Legal Scholarship Forum, St. Petersburg, FL

2009 Opting Out of the Internet in the U.S. and E.U.: Copyright and Safe Harbors, Oxford University, Dept. of Social Sciences, Oxford Internet Institute, Oxfordshire, UK

2008 The Future According to Google: Technology Policy from the Standpoint of America’s Fastest-Growing Technology Company Yale Law School, New Haven, CT

2008 Genocide in Sudan: Should Reparations for the Victims Be Administered by the United Nations, or by U.S. Courts?, Yale Law School, New Haven, CT