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Elettra Bietti

Elettra Bietti

S.J.D. Candidate

Affiliate at the Berkman Klein Center for Internet and Society
Visiting Fellow at Yale Law School’s Information Society Project

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The Justice of Online Gatekeeper Regulation

My research focuses on the regulation of large online gatekeepers such as Google or Facebook, explain the evolution of the law underlying these actors’ business models and asks what types of constitutional and other obligations these companies have towards their users. I explore these questions primarily through non-consequentialist moral and political philosophy. My goal is to contribute to laying some of the theoretical foundations for a better understanding of the increasingly important societal role of online gatekeepers, and to guide policymakers in determining appropriate regulatory interventions in this area.

Fields of Research and Supervisors

  • Internet Regulation, Law and Policy with Professor Yochai Benkler, Harvard Law School, Principal Faculty Supervisor
  • Comparative EU-US Perspectives on Cyberlaw and Privacy with Professor Urs Gasser, Harvard Law School
  • Constitutional Theory, Nonconsequentialist Normative Ethical Theory and Political Philosophy with Professor Richard Fallon, Harvard Law School

Additional Research Interests

  • Intellectual Property
  • Antitrust Law
  • First Amendment
  • Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning
  • Technology Ethics
  • Consumer Law
  • Property Law


  • Harvard Law School, S.J.D. Candidate 2017-Present
  • Oxford University, Diploma in Intellectual Property Law and Practice, 2016
  • Harvard Law School, LL.M., 2012
  • University College London, LL.B., 2011

Academic Appointments and Fellowships

  • Harvard Law School, 2020-21, Teaching Fellow
  • Yale Law School, 2020-21, Teaching Fellow
  • Yale Law School Information Society Project, 2020-21, Visiting Fellow
  • Berkman Klein Center for Internet and Society, 2017- present, Affiliate
  • Kennedy Sinclair Scholar, Harvard University, 2019-20
  • Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics, 2018-19, Eugene P. Beard Graduate Fellow
  • Harvard Law School, 2018-19, Teaching Fellow
  • Harvard Law School Graduate Program Fellow, 2018-19, Writing Teaching Assistant

Representative Publications

Additional Information

  • Languages: English, Italian, French
  • Qualified to practice law in: New York, USA (2013), England and Wales (2016)

Last Updated: March 18, 2021