• *CANCELED* Cybersecurity Law & Policy Scholars Conference

  • When

    Thu–Fri, May 21–22, 2020
    8:00 am Thu to 5:00 pm Fri


    Walter F. Mondale Hall

    University of Minnesota Law School
    229 19th Ave South
    Minneapolis, MN 55455

COVID-19 Update
Your health and wellbeing, and that of the community, are of the utmost importance to the University of Minnesota. The University is following the recommendation of the State of Minnesota, until further notice. Effective immediately, the Law School will be canceling all in-person visits and events, including the Cybersecurity Conference. Stay tuned for more details and updates about events at the University of Minnesota.

The first annual Cybersecurity Law and Policy Scholars Conference (CLPSC) will take place at the University of Minnesota Law School on May 21-22, 2020. To present a work in progress for discussion, please submit an abstract (approximately 500-700 words) by January 13, 2020 via this form. Abstracts should describe a working thesis, and may also describe methodology, and how the paper would add to the current body of scholarship. The program committee will notify all applicants of its decisions by February 17. Complete drafts of papers for circulation to conference participants are due by April 21. Authors of accepted papers will have their airfare and hotel expenses covered, thanks to generous support from the Hewlett Foundation and the Nebraska College of Law.

In addition to presentation and discussion of works in progress, we anticipate focusing a portion of the program on questions of cybersecurity pedagogy. This portion of the program will consider different approaches to teaching cybersecurity law and policy, including the substance of such classes, teaching materials and methods, and other topics. Those interested in presenting or participating in this discussion can express interest using the same form linked above.

Recent years have seen an increase in scholarship focused on cybersecurity law and policy. This conference recognizes the need for a dedicated forum for interdisciplinary scholars in the growing field to workshop papers, discuss research ideas, and share pedagogical approaches. The paper workshops will be modeled after the Privacy Law Scholars Conference. Each paper will be assigned a discussant, who will introduce the paper and provide comments. This will be followed by comments from the audience.

We hope that the conference will include participants from a range of academic disciplines, including law, public policy, computer science, political science, economics, and international relations. Among the issue areas that would be suitable for workshop papers:

  • Cybersecurity regulation
  • Incident response procedures and policies
  • Computer hacking laws
  • Data breach litigation
  • Government surveillance
  • Law of armed conflict as applied to cyber
  • Information sharing
  • Cyber espionage
  • Cybersecurity standards
  • Cybersecurity governance models
  • Comparative cybersecurity law

These illustrative examples are not intended to be an exhaustive list.

The conference only provides an opportunity to workshop the papers; the conference will not publish papers or other proceedings.   

Paper proposals will be reviewed by a program committee. Confirmed members of the Program Committee include Jane Bambauer, Steve Bellovin, Megan Brown, Kristen Eichensehr, Eric Jensen, Sasha Romanosky, and Bruce Schneier, with other members to be announced in early December.

If you have any questions about the submission process or potential topics, or if you are not submitting a paper but would like to attend the conference as a paper discussant or participant, please email

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(612) 626-5984

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