Lawrence Lessig

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Lawrence Larry Lessig is the director of Harvard University's Edmond J. Safra Foundation Center for Ethics, and also a Law Professor at Harvard Law School.[1]

Academic Experience

Mr. Lessig worked within the University of Chicago Law School until 1997. Mr. Lessig was the Chair of Berkman Professor of Law in Harvard University until 2000, followed by a position in Stanford Law School where he established the Stanford's Center for Internet and Society. In 2008, Mr. Lessig returned to Harvard for the positions he continues to hold today.[2] The activity Mr. Lessig performs within the Center for Ethics is related to the issue of "institutional corruption", and it focuses on a 5 year project that addresses institutional corruption in different institutional contexts. [3]


Mr. Lessig was very preoccupied with the issue of law and technology and the way in which these affect copyright. He is the author of various books on the topic:

  • Remix, 2008
  • Code v2, 2007
  • Free Culture, 2004
  • The future of ideas, 2001
  • Code and other laws of Cyberspace, 1999 [4]

A member of numerous boards

Among the numerous boards, Mr. Lessig is part of we will enumerate:

  • A founding board member of Creative Commons, a non-profit organization that devotes its activity to expanding the range of creative works legally available for share; [5]
  • A member of MAPLight, a nonprofit research organization that aims at providing citizens and journalists with the tools necessary for better understanding the way in which money influence politics; [6]
  • A co-founder of "Change Congress", a movement that aims at restoring public trust in the American government; [7]
  • A member of iCommons, a charity foundation that promotes the access to knowledge, open education, open access publishing all over the world. [8]

Lawrence Lessig and ICANN

Mr. Lessig played a very important role in the foundation of ICANN in reviewing the different proposals and supervising it from a legal point of view. [9]


  • BA in Economics, BS in Management, University of Pennsylvania
  • MA in Philosophy, University of Cambridge
  • Juris Doctor from Yale Law School [10]