Faculty Forum: February 2019

Faculty Forum is a monthly feature written by Teri Baxter highlighting the achievements of faculty at UT Law including publications in academia and the media, speaking engagements, interviews, awards, and other accomplishments.

Professor Brad Areheart’s article, GINA, Big Data, and the Future of Employee Privacy, was published at 128 Yale Law Journal 710 (2019) (with Jessica Roberts).

Professor Robert Blitt’s most recent article, The Organization of Islamic Cooperation’s (OIC) Response to Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Rights: A Challenge to Equality and Nondiscrimination Under International Law, has been published in Transnational Law & Contemporary Problems. The article critically explores the OIC’s revisionist and relativist justifications for denying equality and nondiscrimination norms based on sexual orientation and gender identity, and unpacks the incompatibility of these justifications in the face of the OIC’s continued claim to recognize the universality of human rights.

Earlier this month, Professor Glenn H. Reynolds’s article Crime Follies: Overcriminalization, Independent Prosecutors, and the Rule of Law and Professor Maurice Stucke’s article Sustainable and Unchallenged Algorithmic Tacit Collusion (with Ariel Ezrachi) were ranked first and third respectively on SSRN’s Ranking of Recent Top Papers.

Professor Maurice Stucke recently participated in two conferences. First, in late January, he presented research from his latest book project with Ariel Ezrachi at the Georgetown Tech Law and Policy Colloquium. Next, in early February, he discussed the risks of data-opolies at the Institute for New Economic Thinking’s Center for Innovation, Growth, and Society. The Institute hosted the conference, “Too Deep to Fail: Big Tech and Civil Society” at the Presidio in San Francisco. 

Professor Stucke’s chapter Antitrust, Algorithmic Pricing and Tacit Collusion, with Ariel Ezrachi was published in Research Handbook on the Law of Artificial Intelligence (Woodrow Barfield & Ugo Pagallo eds., Edward Elgar Publishing, 2018).

Professor Stucke’s work was featured in the commentary show Beme News, CNN’s new millennial-centric YouTube channel. The episode analyzed digital assistants and their ability to gather and use information to manipulate user behavior.  Professor Stucke was also quoted in the Wired article “German Regulators Just Outlawed Facebook’s Whole Ad Business” discussing the ruling by Germany’s antitrust regulator prohibiting Facebook’s practice of requiring customers to agree to data collection as a prerequisite to obtaining an account.

Professor Valorie Vojdik’s chapter Theorizing sexual violence against men in the Middle East and North African region as gender-related persecution under refugee and asylum law, was published in Arabs at Home and in the World: Human Rights, Gender Politics, and Identity (Karla McKanders, ed., Routledge 2019).