Rebecca Crootof

Clinical Lecturer in Law, Research Scholar in Law, and Information Society Project Executive Director

Rebecca Crootof is a Clinical Lecturer in Law and Research Scholar in Law, as well as the Information Society Project Executive Director at Yale Law School.

Rebecca Crootof

Education & Curriculum Vitae

Ph.D. (Law), Yale University, 2016

J.D., Yale Law School, 2011

B.A., Pomona College, 2003

Courses Taught

  • Law and Disruptive Technology
  • Technology Law

Rebecca Crootof is a Research Scholar and a Clinical Lecturer in Law at Yale Law School and the Executive Director of the Information Society Project.

Crootof’s primary areas of research include torts, international law, national security, and cyber and technology law; her written work explores questions stemming from the iterative relationship between law and technology, often in light of social changes sparked by increasingly autonomous systems, artificial intelligence, cyberspace, robotics, and the Internet of Things. She lectures on law and technology issues at law schools and think tanks, has testified on artificial intelligence and public policy at the European Political Strategy Centre, and consults on the use of autonomous systems in armed conflicts. At YLS, she teaches “Technology Law,” a course that identifies the various ways both domestic and international legal regimes respond to and shape technological development, and the “Law and Artificial Intelligence” and “Torts and New Technologies” reading groups.

Crootof earned a B.A. cum laude in English with a minor in Mathematics at Pomona College; a J.D. at Yale Law School; and a Ph.D. at Yale Law School, where she graduated as a member of the first class of Ph.D.’s in law awarded in the United States. Her dissertation, Keeping Pace: New Technology and the Evolution of International Law, discusses how technology fosters change in the international legal order, both by creating a need for new regulations and by altering how sources of international governance develop and interact. She has published with the Cornell Law Review, the Pennsylvania Law Review, the Yale Journal of International Law, the Harvard National Security Journal, and the Yale Law Journal; and written for Slate, Lawfare, and Just Security.

Crootof served as a law clerk for the late Judge Mark R. Kravitz of the U.S. District Court for the District of Connecticut and for Judge John M. Walker, Jr. of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit. She consults for the Institute for Defense Analyses and is a member of the New York Bar, the Board of Directors of the Equal Rights Center, and the Center for New American Security’s Task Force on Artificial Intelligence and National Security.

She enjoys skiing, hiking, and reading science fiction “for work.”