New CIS Staff Position: Intermediary Liability Director

We are looking for a talented, entrepreneurial individual to direct the Center’s Intermediary Liability focus area. The Center started developing the Intermediary Liability focus area in August of 2013. The Director will be responsible for conducting and supervising policy analysis and advocacy efforts regarding global legal liabilities of communications network intermediaries beginning in the fall of 2014.  The Director will help determine the strategic vision for intermediary liability study at CIS, with a focus on international legal regimes and how regulating communications and other intermediaries’ affects free expression and innovation worldwide. The Director will supervise research, advocacy, and other projects related to intermediary liability (IL), and otherwise manage and develop the Center’s innovative and influential IL work.  The Director would also participate in writing for the CIS blog; work with students interested in intermediary liability and civil liberties issues; organize research meetings and outreach; and engage in the intellectual life of the Law School generally.

Qualifications for this fellowship include a strong background in global intermediary liability law and in the business practices of Internet service providers, network platforms and digital communications tool developers.  Expertise in the law of non-U.S. nations is required. The Director must have exceptional writing and research skills.


  • Help establish research agenda and strategic vision for IL work at CIS.
  • Advocacy and outreach related to IL and supporting CIS goals of innovation, free expression, the public interest, and more.
  • Hire and/or supervise fellows, students, and other researchers.
  • Manage CIS communications around IL.
  • Field, answer, and assign inquiries from the press, officials, industry, non-profits and others related to IL.
  • Coordinate efforts to raise awareness of CIS IL projects and events. 
  • Manage CIS fundraising efforts around IL.
  • Monitor funding opportunities.
  • Work with development to write funding proposals.
  • Work with CIS associate director to manage budget for IL research.
  • Work with programming group to plan IL-related events (e.g., speaker series, workshops, conferences).
  • Conduct original research.
  • Option to teach a class on intermediary liabilities and responsibilities.


  • Law degree
  • Demonstrated expertise in intermediary liability issues, international experience a plus
  • Experience with personnel supervision and budget management
  • Aptitude for fundraising
  • Excellent oral and written communication


  • Competitive, based on experience
  • Excellent benefits
  • Two-year term, subject to indefinite renewal based on mutual interest and funding

How to apply:

Application Deadline: December 19, 2014. Application deadline has been extended to January 5, 2015.

All interested and qualified applicants must complete a dual application process by submitting their application to as well as via the Stanford Careers website:

A complete application will consist of the following in PDF format:

  • Cover Letter describing the applicant’s vision for the intermediary liability focus area at CIS.
  • CV
  • 2 Writing Samples
  • 3 References

About the Center for Internet and Society:

The Center for Internet and Society (CIS) is a public interest technology law and policy program and a part of Law, Science and Technology Program at Stanford Law School. CIS brings together scholars, academics, legislators, students, programmers, security researchers, and scientists to study the interaction of new technologies and the law and to examine how the synergy between the two can either promote or harm public goods like free speech, innovation, privacy, public commons, diversity, and scientific inquiry. CIS strives to improve both technology and law, encouraging decision makers to design both as a means to further democratic values. CIS provides law students and the general public with educational resources and analyses of policy issues arising at the intersection of law, technology and the public interest.  The Center is directed by Stanford Law Professor Barbara van Schewick.


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