Bryant Walker Smith

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Resident Fellow
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Bryant Walker Smith is a fellow at the Center for Internet and Society at Stanford Law School, a fellow at the Center for Automotive Research at Stanford (CARS), and a lecturer in law at Stanford Law School who writes, speaks, and teaches on the legal and policy aspects of automation and connectivity. He is a member of the New York Bar and a former transportation engineer who has worked on infrastructure issues in the United States and throughout Europe. Bryant also chairs the Emerging Technology Law Committee of the Transportation Research Board of the National Academies. Prior to joining Stanford, he clerked for the Honorable Evan J. Wallach at the United States Court of International Trade. Bryant holds an LL.M. in international legal studies and a J.D. (cum laude) from New York University School of Law in addition to a B.S. in civil engineering from the University of Wisconsin. 

Bryant designed and taught the first-ever course on the legal aspects of autonomous driving, frequently lectures in both law and engineering courses, and routinely presents at major conferences, including the Transportation Research Board Annual Meeting, the Driverless Car Summit, and We Robot. In 2013 he hosted the Transportation Research Board's Vehicle Automation Workshop at Stanford. Recent works include articles on the legality of self-driving vehicles, the impacts of automation on travel demand, and the liability implications of greater connectivity. His blog is read within industry and government, and he is regularly interviewed for national media. Bryant's legal research addresses questions of authority, uncertainty, and boundary in disciplines ranging from tort law to administrative law to international economic law. 

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