Levin College of Law

Derek Bambauer

Irving Cypen Professor of Law

(352) 273-0600


Cybersecurity  • Intellectual Property  • Internet Law  • 


Derek Bambauer is the Irving Cypen Professor of Law at the University of Florida Levin College of Law, where he teaches Internet law, cybersecurity, and intellectual property. A National Science Foundation-funded investigator, Professor Bambauer’s research areas include artificial intelligence, cybersecurity, Internet censorship, and intellectual property. A former principal systems engineer at Lotus Development Corp. (part of IBM), Professor Bambauer spent two years as a Research Fellow at the Berkman Center for Internet & Society at Harvard Law School. At the Berkman Center, he was a member of the OpenNet Initiative, an academic consortium that tested and studied Internet censorship in countries such as China, Iran, and Vietnam. Professor Bambauer maintains an active pro bono practice representing innovators, entrepreneurs, and security researchers. He holds an A.B. from Harvard College and a J.D. from Harvard Law School.


J.D. Harvard Law School

A.B. Harvard College



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Selected Publications

  • AI, Artists, and Anti-Moral Rights, 113 Georgetown Law Journal Online (forthcoming 2024) (with Robert W. Woods).
  • Target(ed) Advertising, 58 University of California – Davis Law Review (forthcoming 2024).
  • Everything You Want: The Paradox of Customized Intellectual Property Regimes, 39 Berkeley Technology Law Journal (forthcoming 2023).
  • Validity Assessment of Legal Will Statements as Natural Language Inference, Findings of the Association for Computational Linguistics: EMNLP 2022 (forthcoming 2023) (with Alice Saebom Kwak, Jacob O. Israelsen, Clayton T. Morrison, & Mihai Surdeanu) (peer-reviewed) [Link]
  •  Tea and Donuts, 107 Minnesota Law Review 1875 (2023) (with Robert W. Woods). [SSRN]
  • Worse Than Human?, 53 Arizona State Law Journal 1091 (2022) (with Michael Risch) . [SSRN]
  • Identifying and Countering Fake News, 73 Hastings Law Journal 821 (2022) (with Mark Verstraete & Jane R. Bambauer). [SSRN]
  • Cybersecurity for Idiots, 106 Minnesota Law Review Headnotes 172 (2021) (essay). [SSRN]
  • Paths or Fences: Patents, Copyrights, and the Constitution, 104 Iowa Law Review 1017 (2019). [SSRN]
  • Information Libertarianism, 105 California Law Review 335 (2017) (with Jane Bambauer). [SSRN]
  • Against Jawboning, 100 Minnesota Law Review 51 (2015). [SSRN]
  • Personal Jurisdiction and “the Interwebs”, 100 Cornell Law Review 1129 (2015) (with Alan Trammell). [SSRN]
  • Schrödinger’s Cybersecurity, 48 University of California-Davis Law Review 791 (2015). [SSRN]