Harry Surden

Associate Professor of Law

401 UCB
Boulder, CO  80309
Office: 427
Phone: (303) 492-7840
E-mail: hsurden@colorado.edu

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Twitter: @HarrySurden

Harry Surden is an Associate Professor of Law at the University of Colorado Law School. He joined the faculty in 2008. His scholarship focuses upon legal informatics, artificial intelligence and law (including machine learning and law), legal automation, and issues concerning self-driving/autonomous vehicles. He also studies intellectual property law with a substantive focus on patents and copyright, and information privacy law.

Prior to joining CU, Professor Surden was a resident fellow at the Stanford Center for Legal Informatics (CodeX) at Stanford Law School. In that capacity, Professor Surden conducted interdisciplinary research with collaborators from the Stanford School of Engineering exploring the application of computer technology towards improving the legal system. He was also a member of the Stanford Intellectual Property Litigation Clearinghouse and the director of the Computer Science and Law Initiative.

Professor Surden was law clerk to the Honorable Martin J. Jenkins of the United States District Court for the Northern District of California in San Francisco. He received his law degree from Stanford Law School with honors and was the recipient of the Stanford Law Intellectual Property Writing Award.

Prior to law school, Professor Surden worked as a software engineer for Cisco Systems and Bloomberg L.P. He received his undergraduate degree with honors from Cornell University.

Professor Surden is an Affiliated Faculty Member at The Stanford Center for Legal Informatics (CodeX).


Technological Opacity, Predictability, and Self-Driving Cars, 38 Cardozo Law Review 121 (2016).
Machine Learning and Law, 89 Washington Law Review 87 (2014).
Technological Cost as Law in Intellectual Property, 27 Harvard Journal of Law and Technology 135 (2013).
Computable Contracts, 46 U.C. Davis Law Review 629 (2012).
Efficient Uncertainty in Patent Interpretation, 68 Wash & Lee L. Rev 1737 (2011).
The Variable Determinacy Thesis, 12 Columbia Science and Technology Law Review 1 (2010-2011).
Structural Rights in Privacy, 60 SMU Law Rev. 1605 (2007).
Surden (with Michael Genesereth & Bret Logue), Representational Complexity in Law, Proc. 11th Int'l Conf. on Artificial Intelligence & L. 193 (2007).

Selected Press, Media & Publicity

What Solo and Small Firms Should Know About Artificial Intelligence | State Bar of Wisconsin Inside Track | Wednesday, February 1, 2017
Surden & Williams on Self-Driving Cars & Predictability | Legal Theory Blog | Wednesday, March 16, 2016
Deep Blue Sky Thinking: The Cutting Edge of Legal AI | Legal Business | Wednesday, November 4, 2015
Deep Blue Sky Thinking: The Cutting Edge of Legal AI | Legal Business [UK] | Wednesday, November 4, 2015
"Video: Professor Surden at Stanford on Self-Driving Cars, Predictability, and Law" | Stanford Law School | Friday, October 30, 2015
"Create outrage and challenge authority with just a few clicks" | New Scientist | Wednesday, August 19, 2015
Recent Visualization Projects Involving US Law and The Supreme Court | LLRX.com | Friday, May 22, 2015
Predicting the Supreme Court Using Artificial Intelligence | Concurring Opinions blog | Thursday, October 23, 2014
Surden to Speak on 'Machine Learning Within Law' at Stanford, Oct. 9, 2014 | Legal Informatics Blog | Tuesday, September 30, 2014
Law by algorithm: Are computers fairer than humans? | NewScientist | Thursday, June 12, 2014
Professor Surden Talk on Computable Contracts | Reinvent Law NYC Conference 2014 | Wednesday, January 1, 2014
NSA Data Fight Could Signal Privacy War | U.S. News | Tuesday, July 30, 2013
Professor Surden on Privacy in U.S. News and World Report | U.S. News and World Report | Wednesday, May 1, 2013
Prof. Surden on Translating Law into Computer-Understandable Form and Autonomous Cars | Stanford Law School | Monday, April 8, 2013
Prof. Surden on Technology Eroding Privacy Protections | Salon.com | Friday, November 16, 2012
Why We Need New Rights to Privacy | Slate | Friday, November 2, 2012
Professor Surden's Interview on This Week in Law | This Week in Law | Friday, November 11, 2011
Professor Surden's lecture at Stanford Law School on "Computable Contracts" | Stanford Law School | Tuesday, October 18, 2011
Professor Surden's article "The Variable Determinacy Thesis" highlighted on Professor Lawrence Solum's Legal Theory Blog | Legal Theory Blog | Thursday, March 31, 2011
There's more to protecting your privacy online than turning off your Spokeo profile | NPR Marketplace | Tuesday, January 11, 2011


Fall 2018 Torts LAWS 5425-803
Fall 2017 Torts LAWS 5425-803
Fall 2017 Patent Law LAWS 7311-001
Spring 2017 Introduction to Intellectual Property Law LAWS 6301-001
Fall 2016 Torts LAWS 5425-804
Fall 2016 Patent Law LAWS 7311-001
Spring 2016 Introduction to Intellectual Property Law LAWS 6301-001
Spring 2016 Computers and the Law LAWS 8321-001
Fall 2014 Introduction to Intellectual Property Law LAWS 6301-001
Fall 2014 Patent Law LAWS 7311-001
Spring 2014 Problem Solving, Professional Judgment, and Decision Making LAWS 6813-001
Spring 2014 Patent Law LAWS 7311-001
Spring 2014 LL.M Thesis LAWS 9856-903
Fall 2013 Torts LAWS 5425-801
Spring 2013 Patent Law LAWS 7311-001
Fall 2012 Torts LAWS 5425-801
Fall 2012 Introduction to Intellectual Property Law LAWS 6301-001