About RIIPL

The Rutgers Institute for Information Policy and Law is an interdisciplinary venture based at Rutgers School of Law-Camden.  RIIPL is designed to promote research, innovation, and education in the increasingly important field of information policy.

The twenty-first century is the “information age.”  Information – its generation, circulation, and consumption – is radically transforming social and economic life in ways that academics across disciplines are trying to understand even as the transformation gathers momentum and changes direction.  Information is the principal engine of the world economy and the lynchpin of global economic integration.  Information generates wealth in forms such as software, pharmaceuticals, electronic media, and new technologies.  Digital networks create wealth by fostering new methods of collaboration and communication.

The Rutgers Institute for Information Policy and Law (“RIIPL”) takes a broad approach to the study of the legal, economic, and cultural implications of information production, distribution, consumption, and regulation.  Members of the Institute are engaged in a wide array of research and policy work concerning the effect of information laws on social and economic flourishing.  We offer incisive and innovative scholarship and events concerning pressing contemporary issues such as:

  • Public access to the Internet and broadband;
  • The policies and structures for public service media in digital networks;
  • The globalization of international media law;
  • The effect of contemporary information laws on innovation;
  • The growing social regulatory function of digital information intermediaries;
  • The relationship between intellectual property and other competition and information laws;
  • The intersection of emerging technologies and contemporary intellectual property laws

Our activities include academic research, conferences, independent testimony and consultations to policymakers, curriculum development, and teaching.

RIIPL Co-Directors:

Michael Carrier
Distinguished Professor
Ellen P. Goodman
Professor of Law