Christopher T. Bavitz
WilmerHale Clinical Professor of Law
Vice Dean for Experiential and Clinical Education
Managing Director, Cyberlaw Clinic at the Berkman Klein Center for Internet and Society
Christopher T. Bavitz is the WilmerHale Clinical Professor of Law and Vice Dean for Experiential and Clinical Education at Harvard Law School. He is also Managing Director of HLS’s Cyberlaw Clinic. And, he is a Faculty Co-Director of the Berkman Klein Center.
Chris has taught courses such as the Counseling and Legal Strategy in the Digital Age and Music & Digital Media seminars, and he concentrates his practice activities on intellectual property and media law (particularly in the areas of music, entertainment, and technology). He oversees many of the Cyberlaw Clinic’s projects relating to copyright, speech, advising of startups, and the use of technology to support access to justice, and he serves as the HLS Dean’s Designate to Harvard’s Innovation Lab.
Chris’s research and related work at the Berkman Klein Center addresses intermediary liability and online content takedown regimes as well as regulatory, ethical, and governance issues associated with algorithms, machine learning, and artificial intelligence.
Prior to joining the Clinic in 2008, Chris served as Senior Director of Legal Affairs for EMI Music North America. From 1998-2002, Chris was a litigation associate at Sonnenschein Nath & Rosenthal and RubinBaum LLP / Rubin Baum Levin Constant & Friedman, where he focused on copyright and trademark matters. Chris received his B.A., cum laude, and Certificate in Peace and Justice Studies from Tufts University in 1995 and his J.D. from University of Michigan Law School in 1998.
Harvard Law School‘s Cyberlaw Clinic, based at Harvard’s Berkman Center for Internet & Society, provides high-quality, pro-bono legal services to appropriate clients on issues relating to the Internet, new technology, and intellectual property. Students enhance their preparation for high-tech practice and earn course credit by working on real-world litigation, client counseling, advocacy, and transactional / licensing projects and cases. The Clinic strives to help clients achieve success in their activities online, mindful of (and in response to) existing law. The Clinic also works with clients to shape the law’s development through policy and advocacy efforts. The Cyberlaw Clinic was the first of its kind, and it continues its tradition of innovation in its areas of practice. The Clinic works independently, with law students supervised by experienced and licensed attorneys. In some cases, the Clinic collaborates with counsel throughout the country to take advantage of regional or substantive legal expertise.
- B.A. International Relations Tufts University, 1995
- J.D. Univeristy of Michigan Law School, 1998
- New York, United States (1999)
- US Distr Court for the SDNY, United States (1999)
- US Distr Court for the EDNY, United States (1999)
- Massachusetts, United States (2008)
- US Distr Court for the D. Mass., United States (2010)
- US Court of App for the First Cir, United States (2010)
- US Court of App for the Sixth Cir, United States (2013)
FavoriteDalia T. Ritvo, Christopher T. Bavitz, Ritu Gupta & Irina Oberman, Privacy and Children's Data - An Overview of the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act and the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (Berkman Ctr. for Internet & Soc'y Res. Pub. No. 2013-23, Nov. 14, 2013).
FavoriteChristopher T. Bavitz, Jeffrey P. Hermes, Andrew F. Sellars & Jillian Stonecipher, Newsgathering in Massachusetts: an Overview of Legal Protections for Reporters Collecting Facts and Gathering Information in the Commonwealth (Berkman Ctr. for Internet & Soc'y, Cyberlaw Clinic & Digital Media Law Project, May 4, 2013).
- Christopher Bavitz, Music & Digital Media (2021).
- Christopher Bavitz, The Right to be Forgotten and Internet Governance: Challenges and Opportunities, 2 Latin Am. L. Rev. 1 (2019).
- Christopher Bavitz, Sam Bookman, Jonathan Eubank, Kira Hessekiel & Vivek Krishnamurthy, Assessing the Assessments: Lessons from Early State Experiences In the Procurement and Implementation of Risk Assessment Tools (Berkman Klein Ctr Research Publ’n No. 2018-8, Dec. 14, 2018).