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Hannibal Travis

Former Visiting Fellow

Hannibal Travis

Former Visiting Fellow

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Hannibal Travis is a Visiting Fellow with the Oxford Internet Institute. As an Associate Professor of Law at Florida International University, Hannibal has taught Internet law, intellectual property, antitrust law, and international and comparative law. He has also taught the First Amendment in Cyberspace at Villanova University School of Law in Pennsylvania, and was a teaching fellow for several basic ethics courses offered by Harvard College.

He practiced intellectual property, antitrust, and defamation law at Debevoise & Plimpton in New York, and O’Melveny & Myers in San Francisco, California. His recent scholarship includes works on future FCC regulation of broadcast and Internet media in light of the First Amendment, proposals for the reform of Internet copyright and patent law, international and comparative approaches to the problem of Internet copyright liability, religious freedom and religious genocide under international law, and the cultural and intellectual property interests of indigenous peoples under international law.

Since 2008, he has presented his research at the law schools of Stanford, Tulane, Texas Wesleyan, and Yale, as well as the annual meetings of the Association of American Law Schools and the Middle East Studies Association. He earned his law degree magna cum laude from Harvard Law School, and an undergraduate degree in philosophy and psychology summa cum laude from Washington University in St Louis, where has was enrolled as a member of Phi Beta Kappa.

In 2009, his research interests include net neutrality regulation, copyright and patent reform, and the legal implications of digital media with a particular focus on online video sites. He is an editorial board member of Genocide Studies and Prevention: An International Journal.

At the OII, he will undertake research on British and European initiatives towards copyright and patent reform, as well as European net neutrality regulation.

Research Interests

Copyright, law, net neutrality.

Positions at the OII

  • Visiting Fellow, May 2009 - August 2009