Ryan Calo

  • Lane Powell & D. Wayne Gittinger Endowed Professorship
  • Professor of Law


Phone: (206) 543-1580
Email: rcalo@uw.edu


J.D. 2005, University of Michigan B.A., Dartmouth College

Curriculum Vitae

Areas of Expertise

Cyber Law — Privacy — Robotics — Torts

Recent Courses

LAW A 504 Torts
LAW A 509 Administrative Law

Ryan Calo is the Lane Powell and D. Wayne Gittinger Associate Professor at the University of Washington School of Law. He is a faculty co-director (with Batya Friedman and Tadayoshi Kohno) of the University of Washington Tech Policy Lab, a unique, interdisciplinary research unit that spans the School of Law, Information School, and Paul G. Allen School of Computer Science and Engineering. Professor Calo holds courtesy appointments at the University of Washington Information School and the Oregon State University School of Mechanical, Industrial, and Manufacturing Engineering.

Professor Calo's research on law and emerging technology appears or is forthcoming in leading law reviews (California Law Review, University of Chicago Law Review, and Columbia Law Review) and technical publications (MIT Press, Nature, Artificial Intelligence) and is frequently referenced by the mainstream media (NPR, New York Times, Wall Street Journal). Professor Calo has testified before the full Judiciary and Commerce Committees of the United States Senate and the German Parliament and has organized events on behalf of the National Science Foundation, the National Academy of Sciences, and the Obama White House. He has been a speaker at the President Obama's Frontiers Conference, the Aspen Ideas Festival, and NPR's Weekend in Washington. Business Insider named him one of the most influential people in robotics.

Professor Calo is a board member of the R Street Institute and an affiliate scholar at the Stanford Law School Center for Internet and Society (CIS), where he was a research fellow, and the Yale Law School Information Society Project (ISP). He serves on numerous advisory boards and steering committees, including University of California's People and Robots Initiative, the AI Now Initiative at NYU, the Conference on Fairness, Accountability, and Transparency (FAT*), Privacy Law Scholars Conference, the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF), the Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC), Without My Consent, the Foundation for Responsible Robotics, and the Future of Privacy Forum. In 2011, Professor Calo co-founded the annual robotics law and policy conference We Robot with Michael Froomkin and Ian Kerr.

Professor Calo worked as an associate in the Washington, D.C. office of Covington & Burling LLP and clerked for the Honorable R. Guy Cole on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit. Prior to law school at the University of Michigan, Professor Calo investigated allegations of police misconduct in New York City. He holds a B.A. in Philosophy from Dartmouth College.

Professor Calo won the Phillip A. Trautman 1L Professor of the Year Award in 2014 and 2017.

Research at the Tech Policy Lab is driven exclusively by faculty interest. The Tech Policy Lab seeks to produce impartial research and educational materials around technology policy. Given this goal, the Tech Policy Lab does not take research money from corporations or other private donors with strings attached. All private donors freely agree to give funds as unrestricted gifts, for which there is no contractual agreement and no promised products, results, or deliverables of any kind. Government and foundation grants also follow appropriate protocols to ensure neutrality. To see our sources of funding, visit http://techpolicylab.org/funding/.

Peer Reviewed Journals & Law Reviews

Books or Treatises

  • Robot Law (Ryan Calo, A. Michael Froomkin & Ian Kerr eds., Edward Elgar Publishing, 2016). 402 pages.

Book Chapters

Professional Publications

Other Publications

  • Speaker, "Big Data, Big Decisions", with Mary Fan, Spring Judicial Education Program, Washington State Appellate Judges (March 27, 2019)
  • Closing Keynote, Inclusive AI: Technology and Policy for a Diverse Urban Future, University of California--Santa Cruz, Center for Information Technology Research in the Interest of Society, Banatao Institute, and Microsoft (May 10, 2017)
  • Speaker, Technology as the Game Changer for Data Protection with Michael Cockrill and Emily McReynolds, Start with Privacy Conference, Washington State Office of Privacy and Data Protection (February 3, 2017)
  • Speaker, Exploring Augmented Reality: Hearing, U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science & Transportation (November 16, 2016)
  • Speaker, The Effects of Robotics on Economics, Labour and Society The Bundestag (German Parliament), Committee on the Digital Agenda (June 22, 2016)
  • Moderator, Embodying Data Artificial Intelligence: Law and Policy, The White House and the University of Washington School of Law, Tech Policy Lab (May 24, 2016)
  • Speaker, Reflections and Next Steps with Ed Felten, Artificial Intelligence: Law and Policy, The White House and the University of Washington School of Law, Tech Policy Lab (May 24, 2016)
  • Keynote, "Beyond IRBs: Designing Ethical Review Processes for Big Data Research", Future of Privacy Forum, (December 10, 2015)
  • Panelist, "The Implications of Open Data", Conference on Responsible Use of Open Data: Government and the Private Sector, New York University Law School (November 20, 2015)
  • Speaker, "Robotics and the Lessons of Cyberlaw", Faculty Colloquium, Duke Law School (October 9, 2015)
  • Speaker, Responsible Innovation: A Cross-Disciplinary Lens on Privacy and Security Challenges 2015 Engineering Lecture Series, University of Washington (October 3, 2015)
  • Speaker, "The Surveillance Paradox", Law Review Symposium--National Security: The Impact of Technology on Separation of Powers, University of Chicago Law School (June 19, 2015)
  • Speaker, "Listening Machines", Microsoft Research and New York Times R&D Lab Summit, (June 11, 2015)
  • Speaker, "Privacy and Markets: A Love Story", 8th Annual Privacy Law Scholars Conference, (June 4, 2015)
  • Speaker, Municipal Open Data: An Interdisciplinary Analysis with Jan Whittington, 19th Annual BCLT/BTLJ Symposium: Open Data: Addressing Privacy, Security, and Civil Rights Challenges, University of California-Berkely, Berkeley Center for Law & Technology and Berkeley Technology and Law Journal (April 17, 2015)