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  • Professor Fidler teaches criminal law, criminal procedure, cybersecurity, and copyright. Professor Fidler’s scholarship focuses on the intersection of criminal law, technology, and speech. She is an expert on the Fourth Amendment and changing technology. In broader criminal law, she writes about often overlooked aspects of criminal proceedings, including jury nullification, sentence mitigation, and allocution. Her work also analyzes ways that criminalization intersects with regulation of speech, including on the Internet. She is also an expert on international cybersecurity and cybercrime regulations, with a particular focus on Africa. Outside of criminal law, she also studies the way that legal regimes governing intellectual property, speech, and secrecy intersect.

    Professor Fidler received her B.A. with Honors in Science, Technology, and Society from Stanford University and her MPhil in International Relations from Oxford University, where she was a Marshall Scholar. After completing a fellowship at the Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University, she received her JD from Yale Law School, where she was a student director for an impact litigation clinic. After law school, she continued her work in impact litigation as the Technology and First Amendment Fellow with the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press. She also clerked for The Honorable Robert Bacharach on the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals. She previously taught at the University of Nebraska College of Law.
  • Selected Publications

    Academic Article

    Year Title
    2021 The New Editors: Refining First Amendment Protections for Internet PlatformsNotre Dame J. on Emerging Tech..  2:241-241. 2021
    2020 Local Police Surveillance and the Administrative Fourth AmendmentSanta Clara High Technology Law Journal.  36:481-481. 2020
    2020 First Amendment Sentence Mitigation: Beyond a Public Accountability Defense for WhistleblowersHarvard National Security Journal.  11:214-214. 2020


    Year Title
    2023 Infrastructure, Law, and Cyber Instability: An African Case Study 2023

    Education And Training

    Full Name

  • Mailyn Fidler