Justin (Gus) Hurwitz

Assistant Professor of Law

209 LAW UNL 68583-0902
(402)472-1255 | Email

Areas of Expertise
  • Antitrust
  • Law and Technology
  • Regulated Industries
  • Telecommunications
Education
  • J.D., 2007, University of Chicago Law School
  • M.A., Economics, 2011, George Mason University
  • B.A, 2003, St. John's College, Annapolis, MD & Santa Fe, NM

Appointments

  • Assistant Professor of Law, 2013

Biography

Professor Justin (Gus) Hurwitz joined the College of Law faculty in 2013. His work builds on his background in law, technology, and economics to consider the interface between law and technology and the role of regulation in high-tech industries. He has a particular expertise in telecommunications law and technology.

Professor Hurwitz previously was the inaugural Research Fellow at the University of Pennsylvania Law School’s Center for Technology, Innovation and Competition (CTIC), prior to which he was a Visiting Assistant Professor at George Mason University Law School. From 2007–2010 he was a Trial Attorney with the United States Department of Justice Antitrust Division in the Telecommunications and Media Enforcement Section. 

Professor Hurwitz has a background in technology having worked at Los Alamos National Lab and interned at the Naval Research Lab prior to law school. During this time his work was recognized by organizations such as the Federal Laboratory Consortium, R&D Magazine, Los Alamos National Lab, IEEE & ACM, and the Corporation for Education Network Initiatives in California. In addition, he held an Internet2 Land Speed World Record with the Guinness Book of World Records.

Professor Hurwitz received his JD from the University of Chicago Law School, where he was an articles editor on the Chicago Journal of International Law and received Olin and MVP2 law and economics scholarships. He also holds an MA in Economics from George Mason University. He received his BA from St. John’s College.

Cyberlaw

(Law 681/G); 2 cr hr) This course will explore a range of legal issues in cyber domain, including cyber security, privacy, network ownership and access, private versus public regulation of cyberspace, speech in cyberspace, content as property and intellectual property in cyberspace, jurisdiction over cyberspace activities, liability of intermediaries, state and local regulation of cyberspace, and the interrelationship between technology and law as mechanisms of regulation. The course will include two class sessions with guest lecturers from the Washington, D.C. legal and policy community. This course is available to online LL.M. students.

Domestic Telecommunications Law

(Law 726/G; 3 cr hr) This course addresses the legal framework applied in the United States to telecommunications and media, including the Internet, landline telephone, broadcast radio and television, cable television, and mobile technologies. We focus somewhat on Internet regulatory issues and the Federal Communications Commission. The course explores a range of factors affecting current law, including economic, technological, and speech concerns. The course also explores a range of laws that have shaped these media, including regulatory policy, statutes, and First Amendment doctrine. We discuss very recent and evolving law, and therefore focus on principles underlying the law as much as the law itself. This course is available to online LL.M. students.

Law and Economics

(Law 693/G; 3 cr hr) The application of economic principles to problems of legal interpretation and policy. The course gives students the necessary economic background for substantive courses in such areas as antitrust, regulated industries, and environmental law and also demonstrates the power of economic analysis when applied to problems in such diverse areas as contracts, property, torts, criminal law, family law, corporations, taxation, securities, procedure, and constitutional law. Grades will primarily be based on one final exam.

Articles

  • Trust and Online Interaction, 161 U. PA. L. REV. 1579 (2013)
  • Indexing Health Insurance Premiums to Marginal Health Status: A Spoonful of Economics Helps the Premiums go Down, 12 DEPAUL J. HEALTH CARE L. 43 (2009)
  • The Value of Patents in Industry Standards: Avoiding License Arbitrage with Voluntary Negotiation, 36 AM. INTEL. PROP. L. ASS’N. Q.J. 1 (2008)
  • Network Neutrality and Neighbor Billing, 11 VA. J.L. & TECH. 9 (2006)
  • Gus Hurwitz and Wu-chun Feng, Peer-reviewed Research Note, Analysing MPI Performance over 10-gigabit Ethernet, 65 J. PARALLEL AND DISTRIBUTED COMPUTING 1253 (2005)
  • Gus Hurwitz and Wu-chun Feng, Invited Article, End-to-End Performance of 10-Gigabit Ethernet on Commodity Systems, 24 IEEE MICRO 10 (2004)
  • Les Cottrell, et al. [first author, second line], Peer-reviewed Paper, High Performance Wide Area Network Testbed: Experiences and Results, PROC. CONF. FOR HIGH ENERGY PHYSICS 2003 (2003)

Presentations

  • Participant & Presenter, Roundtable on Computer Science and the Law, University of Pennsylvania Law School, Philadelphia, PA (June 24–25, 2013)
  • Invited Participant, Roundtable on Standard-Setting Organizations and Standard-Essential Patents, Center for the Protection of Intellectual Property, George Mason University Law School, Fairfax, VA (June 10, 2013)
  • Moderator, Panel on Internet and Entrepreneurship, Conference on “Understanding Entrepreneurship: On IP, Culture and Innovation Environments,” Bar-Ilan University, Faculty of Law, Tel Aviv Israel (May 20–21, 2013)
  • Commentator, Panel on Radio Frequency Interference: A Growing Problem in Need of Further Legal Solutions?, 7th Annual Lincoln Space and Cyber Law Conference, University of Nebraska College of Law (May 2, 2013)
  • Moderator, Panel on The Value of Ultra-Fast Broadband, Conference on “From Monopoly to Competition or Competition to Monopoly? U.S. Broadband Markets in 2013,” Information Economy Project, George Mason University Law School, Fairfax, VA (April 19, 2013)
  • Invited Participant, Roundtable on Patented Inventions and Promoting Innovation, Center for the Protection of Intellectual Property, Half Moon Bay, CA (March 7–8, 2013)
  • Participant, Workshop on Public Choice Economics, George Mason University Law & Economics Center, Captiva, FL (January 25–28, 2013)
  • Presenter, Trust and Online Interaction as Verifiable but Non-Observable Conduct, University of Pennsylvania Law Review Symposium on “The Evolving Internet,” University of Pennsylvania Law School, Philadelphia, PA (Oct. 19–20, 2012)
  • Presenter, The Internet’s Potential: Law, Tech, and Trust, Big Ideas@Penn, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA (Sept. 19, 2012)
  • Moderator, Panel on Privacy in the Cloud, Conference on “Cloud Computing: Economic and Regulatory Implications,” CTIC, University of Pennsylvania Law School, Philadelphia, PA (Feb. 24, 2012)
  • Invited Participant, Workshop on Governance of Social Media, Georgetown University Law Center, Washington, DC (Nov 11–12, 2011)
  • Discussant, Research Roundtable on The Law & Economics of Search Engines and Online Advertising, George Mason University School of Law, Arlington, VA (November 3-4, 2011)
  • Discussant, Colloquium on Natural Law and Property Rights in American Private Law, sponsored by the Liberty Fund and the Federalist Society, Denver, CO (August 12–13, 2011)
  • Antitrust Implications of Competition without Equilibrium in Multisided Markets, Second Workshop for Junior Researchers on the Law & Economics of Intellectual Property and Competition Law, International Max Planck Research School for Competition and Innovation Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich, Kreuth, Germany (June 6, 2011)
  • Panelist, Will the FCC or the Justice Department Be Tougher on the AT&T/T-Mobile Merger?, Broadband Breakfast, Washington, DC (May 17, 2011), available at http://broadbandbreakfast.com/ 2011/05/may-broadband-breakfast-explores-attt-mobile-merger/
  • Moderator, Panel on Substantive Lessons from the Common Law: Lessons from Tort Law, Conference on “Intellectual Property and the Common Law,” CTIC, University of Pennsylvania Law School, Philadelphia, PA (May 6, 2011)
  • Antitrust Implications of Competition without Equilibrium in Multisided Markets, Robert A. Levy Workshop in Law & Liberty, George Mason University School of Law, Arlington, VA (Feb. 24, 2011)