Introducing Guest Blogger Joshua Fairfield

I’m thrilled to introduce Professor Joshua Fairfield who is an Associate Professor of Law at Washington and Lee School of Law.  An expert in the law and regulation of e-commerce and videogames, Professor Fairfield’s research and scholarship explores the law and economics of online contracts and the application of standard economic models to virtual environments.  Professor Fairfield is one of the nation’s leading voices in the analysis of virtual worlds, such as the popular Second Life. He has briefed intelligence officials on terrorist activity and law enforcement within virtual worlds and has written on strategies for protecting children online. In October 2008, Fairfield organized and hosted a first-of-its-kind symposium at the School of Law exploring the legal and social challenges of virtual worlds built specifically for children, the fastest growing area of virtual environments.

Before earning his JD magna cum laude from the University of Chicago in 2001, Prof. Fairfield directed the development of the award winning Rosetta Stone Language Library, a leading language teaching software program for educational institutions. After law school, Professor Fairfield clerked for Judge Danny J. Boggs at the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit. He then joined Jones Day in Columbus, Ohio, where he litigated cases in commercial law and software/technology law. Before coming to Washington and Lee, Professor Fairfield taught at Columbia Law School and the Indiana University School of Law in Bloomington.

Professor Fairfield’s recent publications include:

Avatar Experimentation: Human Subjects Research in Virtual Worlds (forthcoming, flagship issue of UC Irvine Law Review).

Castles in the Air: F. Gregory Lastowka’s Virtual Justice (review, forthcoming, Jurimetrics 2010).

The End of the (Virtual) World, 112 West Virginia Law Review 53 (2009).

Virtual Parentalism, 66 Washington & Lee Law Review 1215 (2009).

The Cost of Consent: Optimal Standardization in the Law of Contract, 58 Emory Law Journal 1401 (2009).

The God Paradox, 89 Boston University Law Review 1017 (2009).

Escape Into the Panopticon: Virtual Worlds and the Surveillance Society, 118 Yale Law Journal Pocket Part 131 (2009).

Anti-Social Contracts:  The Contractual Governance of Virtual Worlds, 53 McGill Law Journal 427 (2008).

The Search Interest in Contract, 92 Iowa Law Review 1237 (2007).

Virtual Property, 85 Boston University Law Review 1047 (2005).

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