American Bar Association
Cyberspace Law Committee

ABA Section of Business Law

Cyberspace Law Committee

What is the Cyberspace Law Committee?

The mission of the Cyberspace Law Committee is to provide a forum for the analysis of corporate, transactional and regulatory issues related to the internet and digital technologies.

Committee Facts

  • The Committee works in a wide range of legal disciplines including electronic commerce and contracts, consumer protection, intellectual property, cybersecurity and privacy, jurisdiction, internet governance, and online financial activities
  • The Committee seeks to identify and address legal, business, and consumer issues affected by the implementation of emerging technologies and to facilitate the creation of legal infrastructures that protect and support electronic commerce
  • The Committee provides practical tools and guidance both for practitioners who regularly deal with cyberlaw issues and for those who encounter them only occasionally

Areas of Expertise

  • Privacy, information security and cybersecurity
  • Ecommerce, online contracting and international trade
  • Electronic banking, online financial transactions, and payments
  • Intellectual property protection in the digital world
  • Mobile/telecommunications, digital media and Internet infrastructure and governance

Message From The Chair

All of us here at Cyberlaw Central are gearing up for a very busy Spring Meeting in my hometown, Los Angeles. In between quick jaunts to the beach and visits with the family, I expect to be super busy with a full plate of Cyberspace and Business Law programming and meetings. Don't forget that we will have a full Committee Meeting on Thursday morning, April 10 at 9:00 a.m. We will also be holding individual subcommittee and task force meetings throughout the day Thursday and into Friday, and we are offering very current and compelling CLE programming: "A Year after the Executive Order on Cybersecurity: Advising Boards on Cybersecurity Responsibilities" on Friday at 8:00, "Calling all Toasters: Risk Management for the Internet of Things" on Friday at 10:30, and "Public Policy Enforcement through Payment Systems: Inspired Oversight or Misguided Intervention" on Saturday at 10:30.

PLUS, THIS JUST IN: We are excited to be hosting a joint committee dinner with the Corporate Counsel Committee, the IP Committee, and the Health Law Committee. It will be Thursday, April 10 at 7:00 PM at Park's Korean Barbecue in LA's Koreatown, which is just a little bit west of downtown LA. Come to what is sure to be the most festive of committee dinners - and quite a steal at ticket prices under $50 - and get a taste of the world's biggest Korean neighborhood outside of Korea!

Jonathan T. Rubens
Chair, Cyberspace Law Committee, Business Law Section

Survey of the Law of Cyberspace

Every year, the Cyberspace Committee is proud to produce its Survey of Developments in Cyberspace Law, published in the Section's journal The Business Lawyer. The efforts of over a dozen authors, editors, and law student proofreaders and cite checkers make this Survey a high-quality publication that the committee is pleased to feature.

The annual survey is a great way to contribute to the work of the Committee as well as to showcase your expertise. The Business Lawyer is the premier business law journal in the country, circulating to more than 60,000 readers. Even if you do not attend many in-person meetings, you can still volunteer to write.

The Survey format involves short articles – typically no more than 12 double-spaced pages – covering important case law, legislation, and administrative rulings. We encourage single-author pieces rather than collective works; you must receive advance approval for a multi-author piece. Authors must be attorneys. Student authorship is not allowed, though credit may be given for those who assist you. Law review format is required. (Dust off your Bluebook – footnotes and pinpoint citations are essential!)

New and returning authors are welcome. If you are interested in contributing, please contact Kristine Dorrain. We are looking for firm commitments by May 1 as the deadlines for submission will begin May 19th. Deadlines will be firm.

Cyberspace Committee Publications and Programs

Internet Law for the Business Lawyer, Second Edition
This book, written by experts in the area of cyberspace law, provides the business lawyer with a toolkit for advising clients in the electronic enviro... more

Recent Program Documents

Internet Governance WWM 2014
Snowden panel: WWM 2014
Updated Geolocation Slides: WWM 2014
Bitcoins D Rice ABA annual mtg 2013
Copyright Review Jon Garon ABA annual 2013
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Chair:  Jonathan Tiger Rubens

Vice-Chair:  Kristine Dorrain

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Links to Other Resources

Cyberspace Committee Program Materials Archive
2014 Winter Working Meeting Materials
2013 Survey of the Law of Cyberspace
2013 Annual Meeting Materials
2013 Spring Meeting Materials
2012 Survey of the Law of Cyberspace
2012 Annual Meeting Materials
Re: Potentially Negative Impacts on Human Rights and the Internet Posed by WCIT-12
Vince Polley's MIRLN Newsletter Archive
Electronic Discovery Issues in Bankruptcy Cases
International Cybersecurity Legal Frameworks and Internet Governance
The Taxonomy of Cyberspace Law for Survey

Committee Newsletter

March 2014
February 2014
January 2014
December 2013
November 2013
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ABA Business Law Section Programs

Section Events
April 22, 2014
Location: N/A
Format: Webinar/Teleconference

April 23, 2014
Location: N/A
Format: Webinar/Teleconference

April 23, 2014 - April 25, 2014

Format: Live/In-Person

Other Programs of Interest

HIPAA Compliance: Are You Ready if a Breach Occurs?
April 29, 2014
Location: N/A
Format:  Webinar/Teleconference

Bitcoin and other Virtual Currencies: Emerging Issues in Regulation and Enforcement
April 30, 2014
Location: N/A
Format:  Webinar/Teleconference

Securing Utilities in an Insecure Age: Cyber and Physical Security Challenges in 2014
April 30, 2014
Location: N/A
Format:  Webinar/Teleconference


Modified by Lois Deborah Mermelstein on April 16, 2014

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