American Bar Association
Cyberspace Law Committee

ABA Section of Business Law

Cyberspace Law Committee

What is the Cyberspace Law Committee?

The Cyberspace Law Committee provides 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
History of the Committee
  • Please see "Recent Program Documents" for an interesting article about the history of our committee.
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
  • Artificial intelligence, digital media and Internet infrastructure and governance

Welcome From The Chair

Dear Cyberspace Colleagues:

Spring has finally arrived in the Midwest, a few weeks after a very informative, fun Spring Meeting in Orlando. A big thank you to all who helped plan programs and subcommittee meetings for that event. If you missed the meeting, you can still access materials:

  • The slide decks from Lisa Lifshitz’s presentation on “New Mandatory Data Breach Requirements under Canada’s Federal Privacy Act” and Tom Capezza’s presentation on “New York State Department of Financial Services Cybersecurity Requirements for Financial Services Companies” are available on our Cyberspace Law website. Look under Recent Program Documents.
  • CLE supporting materials are on the Spring Meeting materials page for all CLE programs, including those our committee sponsored.
  • We will let you know when the audio recordings of the CLE programs become available.

    If you have a great idea for a CLE program for the 2018 Annual Meeting in Austin, Texas, please submit that to Ed Morse by May 11. See below for more information on what is required. We are always interested in receiving proposals from new and longstanding members of our committee.

    Planning is also under way already for the 2019 Cyberspace Law Institute and Winter Working Meeting. Thank you to attendees at our full committee meeting in Orlando who completed the survey about your preferences. We will be announcing the location and dates soon. Remember that presentation materials from our 2018 Cyberspace Law Institute are also accessible if you could not attend the Atlanta meeting.

    While you enjoy many benefits from attending our three big meetings each year, please remember there are other ways to get involved if your travel budget is limited – ways to get published, participate on webinars, collaborate with cyberspace colleagues across the country and world, and take on leadership roles. Let Cheryl Burtzel or me know how you would like to contribute to the committee’s good work.

    Cheryl Dancey Balough
    Chair, Cyberspace Law Committee

    Guide to Cybersecurity Due Diligence in M&A Transactions and Handbook on Global Social Media Law for Business Lawyers.


Cyberspace Committee Publications and Programs

    Electronic Payment Systems: Law and Emerging Technologies

    Electronic Payment Systems: Law and Emerging Technologies

    ISBN: 978-1-63425-962-0 Product Code: 5070750 2017, 7x10, 352 pages Banking and payment systems are continually becoming more complex. Technological innovations have impacted the structure, form, and variety of payment systems, increasing their variety as well as their ubiquity on an international level. ...

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Balough, Cheryl


Burtzel, Cheryl

Committee Roster  

Recent Program Documents

Subcommittees and Task Forces  (click [+] for listing)

 Sub Committees


ABA Business Law Section Programs

Section Events

    Negotiating Private Company Acquisitions: The Most Contentious Deal Points


    Three seasoned M&A practitioners from across the country will engage in illustrative negotiations of key representations, walk rights and indemnification provisions in an agreement for the acquisition of a privately held company, in order to illuminate the conflicting positions of sellers and buyers. ...

    Lies, Damned Lies, and Alternative Facts


    The event will be held on 10/11/2018. The format is Web. The event sponsor(s) are ABACLE,Business Law Section,Center For Professional Responsibility,Law Practice Division,Section of Family Law,Government and Public Sector Lawyers Division,Solo, Small Firm and General Practice Division,Section of Litigation. The event has 1.00 CLE Credits .

    2018 LLC Institute

    Westin Washington DC City Center Hotel

    **PLEASE START HERE FOR REGISTRATION AND TO ADD THE LUBAROFF DINNER TO YOUR REGISTRATION** TO ADD DINNER TICKETS TO AN EXISTING REGISTRATION: Click on Register Now, which will prompt you to log-in with your ABA credentials. After logging in, click on View Registration. Find the ...

Other Programs of Interest

On January 26-27, 2018 we will host the 2018 Cyberspace Law Institute and Winter Working Meeting in Atlanta, Georgia. For more information, see our latest newsletter to the left and visit our conference webpage.

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Modified by Graham Hunt on September 6, 2018

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