Principles for a

Data Economy

Conducted jointly with the European Law Institute, this project will study, identify, and collate the existing and potential legal rules applicable to transactions in data as an asset and as a tradeable item and assess the “fit” of those rules with these transactions.
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In this video, Principles for a Data Economy project Reporters Christiane C. Wendehorst and Neil B. Cohen, and project Chair Lord Thomas of Cwmgiedd discuss the evolution of the way data is used in the modern economy as well as the scope of this project.

This project was on the 2020 Annual Meeting agenda. Although this year’s Annual Meeting has been cancelled, project drafts are being produced and posted online. Each will be a Tentative Draft, but no motions may be made and no voting will occur. The drafts may be revised or supplemented before submission at the Annual Meeting in May 2021. 

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This project has not yet been presented to membership at an Annual Meeting.

At its meeting in Philadelphia on January 16 and 17, 2020, the Council approved Council Draft No. 1, which included Principles 1-4 of Part I, General Provisions; Principles 5-10 of Part II, Data Transactions; and Principles 15-22 of Part III, Data Rights.

The Council approved the initiation of this project in January 2018.

Because of the innovative, joint approach of this project, the structure of the project will vary somewhat from the traditional ALI structure. The project aims to develop a set of transnational Principles to provide guidance to parties in the data economy, as well as to courts and legislators worldwide. Because data does not have a “location,” the goal is to have a common set of Principles that would apply wherever the parties happen to be.

All ALI draft approvals are subject to the discussion at the meeting and usual editorial prerogative.

Neil B. Cohen Brooklyn Law School
Brooklyn, NY
Christiane C. Wendehorst University of Vienna, Department of Civil Law
Vienna, Austria
Lord Thomas of Cwmgiedd Essex Court Chambers
London, England
Steven O. Weise Proskauer Rose LLP
Los Angeles, CA
Susan Bennett IRi
Chicago, IL
Hannah Bloch-Wehba Drexel University School of Law
Philadelphia, PA
Amelia H. Boss Drexel University Thomas R. Kline School of Law
Philadelphia, PA
Julie S. Brill Microsoft Corporation
Redmond, WA
Anupam Chander Georgetown University Law Center
Washington, DC
Sarah C. Dodds-Brown American Express
New York, NY
Stacy-Ann Elvy University of California, Davis School of Law
Davis, CA
Lindsey Finch
San Francisco, CA
Ivan K. Fong 3M Co.
Saint Paul, MN
Ahmed Ghappour Boston University School of Law
Boston, MA
James Grimmelmann Cornell Law School
New York, NY
Anton G. Hajjar Chevy Chase, MD, USA
Teresa Wilton Harmon Sidley Austin LLP
Chicago, IL
Michele C. Kane The Walt Disney Company
Burbank, CA
Harold Hongju Koh Yale Law School
New Haven, CT
Lucy H. Koh U.S. District Court, Northern District of California
San Jose, CA
Travis LeBlanc Cooley LLP
Washington, DC
Henry Lebowitz Debevoise & Plimpton LLP
New York, NY
Ronald D. Lee Arnold & Porter
Washington, DC
Michael Leiter Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP
Washington, DC
Lance Liebman Columbia Law School
New York, NY
Christina Mulligan Brooklyn Law School
Brooklyn, NY
Stephen Satterfield Facebook Inc.
Washington, DC
Christopher H. Schroeder Duke University School of Law
Durham, NC
Paul M. Schwartz University of California, Berkeley School of Law
Berkeley, CA
Jeewon K. Serrato Baker Hostetler
San Francisco, CA
Peter P. Swire Georgia Tech, Ernest Scheller Jr. College of Business
Atlanta, GA
Christopher S. Yoo University of Pennsylvania Carey School of Law
Philadelphia, PA
Stephen Yee Chow Hsuanyeh Law Group PC
Boston, MA
Members Consultative Group
Marc T. Amy Jones Walker LLP
Lafayette, LA
Christopher Edward Appel Shook, Hardy & Bacon LLP
Washington, DC
Tom Baker University of Pennsylvania Carey School of Law
Philadelphia, PA
Joseph R. Bankoff Georgia Institute of Technology
Atlanta, GA
Peter V. Baugher Baugher Dispute Resolution LLC
Chicago, IL
Shawn J. Bayern Florida State University College of Law
Tallahassee, FL
Michael M. Baylson U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Pennsylvania
Philadelphia, PA
Spyridon V. Bazinas Vienna, Austria
Jeffrey A. Beaver Miller Nash Graham & Dunn LLP
Seattle, WA
Mary Beckman Massachusetts Attorney General's Office
Boston, MA
Matthew T. Bodie St. Louis University School of Law
Saint Louis, MO
Willard L. Boyd III Nyemaster Goode, PC
Des Moines, IA
Harvey G. Brown, Jr. The Lanier Law Firm PC
Houston, TX
Timothy W. Burns Burns Bowen Blair LLP
Madison, WI
John P. Burton Rodey, Dickason, Sloan, Akin & Robb, P.A.
Santa Fe, NM
Stephen Calkins Wayne State University Law School
Detroit, MI
Jonathan G. Cedarbaum WilmerHale
Washington, DC
Colleen V. Chien Santa Clara University School of Law
Santa Clara, CA
Sylvia Fung Chin White & Case LLP
New York, NY
Yee Wah Chin Ingram Yuzek Gainen Carroll & Bertolotti, LLP
New York, NY
Wayne Dale Collins Shearman & Sterling LLP
Washington, DC
Giovanni Comandé Scuola Superiore Sant'Anna
Pisa, Italy
Michelle Williams Court Superior Court of California, County of Los Angeles
Los Angeles, CA
Anuj C. Desai University of Wisconsin Law School
Madison, WI
Robert P. Deyling Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts
Washington, DC
Christopher R. Drahozal University of Kansas School of Law
Lawrence, KS
Arthur W. S. Duff The Wharton School
Greenbrae, CA, USA
Richard L. Field Law Office of Richard Field
Cliffside Park, NJ
Daniel M. Filler Drexel University Thomas R. Kline School of Law
Philadelphia, PA
Mark E. Foster Law Offices of Mark Foster (Retired)
Novi, MI
Meredith Fuchs Capital One
Mc Lean, VA
Henry D. Gabriel Elon University School of Law
Greensboro, NC
Marvin Garfinkel Gladwyne, PA, USA
Llewellyn Joseph Gibbons University of Toledo College of Law
Toledo, OH
Daniel C. Girard Girard Sharp LLP
San Francisco, CA
Dorothy J. Glancy Santa Clara University School of Law
Santa Clara, CA
Philip S. Goldberg Shook, Hardy & Bacon LLP
Washington, DC
John M. Golden University of Texas School of Law
Austin, TX
David C. Gray University of Maryland, Francis King Carey School of Law
Baltimore, MD
I. Michael Greenberger University of Maryland, Francis King Carey School of Law
Baltimore, MD
Charles E. Griffin Butler Snow LLP
Ridgeland, MS
David W. Gruning Loyola University New Orleans College of Law
New Orleans, LA
Peter E. Halle Coconut Grove, FL, USA
Richard E. V. Harris Richard E.V. Harris Law Office
Piedmont, CA, USA
Edwin E. Huddleson Washington, DC
Howard O. Hunter Singapore Management University Law School
Singapore, Singapore
Robert A. James Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP
San Francisco, CA
Kirk C. Jenkins Half Moon Bay, CA, USA
Sandra A. Jeskie Duane Morris LLP
Philadelphia, PA
Kristin N. Johnson Tulane University School of Law
New Orleans, LA
Curtis E.A. Karnow Superior Court of California, County of San Francisco
San Francisco, CA
Amy Keller DiCello Levitt Gutzler LLC
Chicago, IL
Catherine Kessedjian University Panthéon-Assas Paris II
Paris, France
Nancy S. Kim California Western School of Law
San Diego, CA
Christopher M. Klein U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Eastern District of California
Sacramento, CA
Renee Knake University of Houston Law Center
Houston, TX
Peter R. Kochenburger University of Connecticut School of Law
Hartford, CT
David N. Kragseth Munich Reinsurance America, Inc.
Princeton, NJ
William K. Kroger Baker Botts L.L.P.
Houston, TX
John Linarelli Touro College Jacob D. Fuchsberg Law Center
Central Islip, NY
Houston Putnam Lowry Polivy, Lowry & Clayton, LLC
Hartford, CT
Thomas S. Lue DeepMind
Mountain View, CA
Meghan H. Magruder King & Spalding LLP
Atlanta, GA
C. Scott Maravilla U.S. Federal Aviation Administration
Washington, DC
Lorelie S. Masters Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP
Washington, DC
James C. McKay, Jr. Office of the Attorney General for the District of Columbia
Washington, DC
A. Douglas Melamed Stanford Law School
Stanford, CA
Charles W. Mooney, Jr. University of Pennsylvania Carey School of Law
Philadelphia, PA
Juliet M. Moringiello Widener University Commonwealth Law School
Harrisburg, PA
Barak Orbach University of Arizona, James E. Rogers College of Law
Tucson, AZ
Nancy Leeds Perkins Arnold & Porter
Washington, DC
Jeffrey M. Pollock Fox Rothschild LLP
Lawrenceville, NJ
Iain D. C. Ramsay University of Kent Law School
Canterbury, England
R. Anthony Reese University of California, Irvine School of Law
Irvine, CA
Dan Robbins Motion Picture Association of America, Inc.
Sherman Oaks, CA
Keith A. Rowley University of Nevada, Las Vegas, William S. Boyd School of Law
Las Vegas, NV
Hans Schulte-Nölke European Legal Studies Institute
Osnabruck, Germany
Victor E. Schwartz Shook, Hardy & Bacon LLP
Washington, DC
Paul M. Secunda Milwaukee, WI
Joaquin Silguero Estagnan Ministry of Justice
Belgique, Spain
Kenneth W. Simons University of California, Irvine School of Law
Irvine, CA
David L. Sloss Santa Clara University School of Law
Santa Clara, CA
George Prescott Slover Consumer Reports
Washington, DC
Douglas G. Smith Kirkland & Ellis LLP
Chicago, IL
Mary L. Smith Lansing, IL, USA
Lynn A. Soukup Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP
Washington, DC
Paul B. Stephan University of Virginia School of Law
Charlottesville, VA
H. Mark Stichel Astrachan Gunst Thomas, P.C.
Baltimore, MD
Guy Miller Struve Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP
New York, NY
Rick Swedloff Rutgers Law School
Camden, NJ
Louise Ellen Teitz Roger Williams University School of Law
Bristol, RI
Lucy L. Thomson Livingston PLLC
Washington, DC
Michael A. Troncoso Chan Zuckerberg Initiative
Redwood City, CA
Sjef van Erp Maastricht University
Maastricht, Netherlands
Ari Ezra Waldman Northeastern University School of Law
New York, NY
Jane K. Winn University of Washington School of Law
Seattle, WA
Peter A. Winn U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Privacy and Civil Liberties
Washington, DC