Charles R. Nesson

Weld Professor of Law


Professor Nesson charted the early field of Internet law in 1997 when he helped found the Berkman Center. Nesson has taught evidence, criminal law, trial law, torts, and ethics for Harvard Law School and continues to incorporate cutting-edge technology into his classes. He graduated from Harvard College in 1960 with a degree in mathematics and received his JD from Harvard Law School in 1963, summa cum laude. Before joining the law school faculty in 1966, Nesson clerked for Justice John Marshall Harlan of the U.S. Supreme Court and worked as a special assistant to John Doar in the Civil Rights Division of the Department of Justice. Professor Nesson is currently leading a project for restorative justice in Jamaica. During the academic year, he teaches courses in Evidence and the American Jury. Publications can be found at

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