Yochai Benkler



2007-present Jack N. and Lillian R. Berkman Professor of Entrepreneurial Legal Studies, Harvard Law School faculty co-director, Berkman Center for Internet and Society
2003-2007 Professor of Law, Yale Law School; Joseph M. Field '55 Professor of Law
2002-03 Visiting Professor of Law, Harvard Law School
2001-02 Visiting Professor of Law, Yale Law School
2001-03 Professor of Law, New York University School of Law.
             Director, Engleberg Center for Innovation Law and Policy
             Director, Information Law Institute (2000-03)
1999-2001 Associate Professor of Law, 1999-2000, New York University School of Law.
1996-99 Assistant Professor of Law, New York University School of Law. Faculty co-director, JSD Program.(1997-2001).
1995-96 Law Clerk to Justice Stephen Breyer, United States Supreme Court
1994-95 Associate, Ropes & Gray, Boston, MA.
1992-94 Teaching Fellow, Harvard College
1984-87 Member & Treasurer, Kibbutz Shizafon, Israel 


1994 Harvard Law School, J.D.
1991 Tel-Aviv University, Faculty of Law, LL.B. 

General Awards

Publication Awards


Open Society Foundations, US Programs Board Member
Fight-for-the-Future, Board Member.
Freedombox Foundation, Board Member



Translations: French, Spanish, Italian, Polish, Macedonian; In progress: Chinese, Korean.

Articles & Chapters

A Public Accountability Defense for National Security Leakers and Whistleblowers, 8(2) Harv. L. & Policy Rev. 2014

Peer Production and Cooperation, forthcoming in J. M. Bauer & M. Latzer (eds.), Handbook on the Economics of the Internet, Cheltenham and Northampton, Edward Elgar.

Peer production: A Modality of Collective Intelligence. (with Aaron Shaw and Benjamin Mako Hill), forthcoming in Collective Intelligence (Michael Bernstein and Thomas Malone, eds.)

Cooperation in a Peer-Production Economy: Experimental Evidence from Wikipedia, with Yann Algan, Mayo Fuster Morell and Jerome Hergueux, 2013.

Between Spanish Huertas and the Open Road: A Tale of Two Commons? in Governing the Knowledge Commons (eds. Brett Frischmann, Michael Madison & Katherine Strandburg, Oxford University Press, forthcoming 2014).

 Commons and Growth: The Essential Role of Open Commons in Market Economies, in 80 University of Chicago Law Review. 2013

 Practical Anarchism: Peer Mutualism, Market Power, and the Fallible State, Politics and Society 4(2) 213-251. 2013.

 A Tale of Two Blogospheres: Discursive Practices on the Left and the Right, in American Behavioral Scientist, 56(4) 459-487. 2012.

 Open Wireless vs. Licensed Spectrum: Evidence from Market Adoption, in Harvard Journal of Law & Technology, 26(1) Fall 2012.

 Wikileaks and the Protect-IP Act: A New Public-Private Threat to the Internet Commons, in Daedalus, American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Fall 2011.

 Networks of Power, Degrees of Freedom, International Journal of Communications 5. 2011. 721-755.

 The Unselfish Gene, Harvard Business Review, July-August 2011.

 A Free Irresponsible Press: Wikileaks and the Battle Over the Soul of the Networked Fourth Estate," 46 Harvard Civil Rights-Civil Liberties Law Review 311 (2011).

 Growth-Oriented Law for the Networked Information Economy: Emphasizing Freedom to Operate Over Power to Appropriate, in Rules for Growth. Kauffman Foundation (2011)

Giving the Networked Public Sphere Time to Develop, in R.W. McChesney and V. Pickard, Will the Last Reporter Please Turn Put the Lights: The Collapse of Journalism and What Can be Done to Fix It. New Press. 255. 2011

"Everything in its Right Place: Social Cooperation and Artist Compensation," 17 Michigan Telecommunications and Technology Law Review 1 (2010). with Belsky, Leah, Byron Kahr, Max Berkelhammer.

Law, Policy and Cooperation, in Government and Markets: Toward A New Theory of Regulation (E. Balleisen and D. Moss eds Cambridge University Press 2010).

The Idea of Access to Knowledge and the Information Commons in From Intellectual Property Rights to Access to Knowledge (G. Krikorian and A. Kapczynski eds 2010).

Sharing, Trading, Creating Culture (reviewing Lessig, Remix), Science, 324 (5925):337 - 338 (2009).

Information, Structures, and the Constitution of American Society, in The Constitution in 2020, Jack Balkin and Reva Siegel eds., (OUP 2009), 187-195.

From Greenspan's Despair to Obama's Hope: The Scientific Bases of Cooperation as Principles of Regulation in New Perspectives on Regulation 63 (David A. Moss & John A. Cisternino eds., Tobin Project, 2009).

Dynamic Remodeling of in-group bias during the 2008 Presidential Election, PNAS, 106 March 31, 2009. with David Rand, Thomas Pfeiffer, Anna Dreber, Rachel Sheketoff, and Nils Wernerfelt

Technology policy, cooperation, and human systems design, in The New Economics of Technology Policy (D. Foray, ed. 2009)

Educating for Participation in the Networked Environment, Symposium: The Wealth of Networks 6(2) Policy Futures in Education 152-175 (2008)

The University in the Networked Economy and Society: Challenges and Opportunities in The Tower and the Cloud: Higher Education in the Age of Cloud Computing (Richard N. Katz ed., EDUCAUSE, 2008).

The Networked Public Librarian (American Library Association 2007)

Commons-Based Peer Production and Virtue. Journal of Political Philosophy, 14 (4), 2006: 394-419; with Helen Nissenbaum

Addressing Global Health Inequities: An Open Licensing Approach for University Innovations, 20 Berkeley Tech. L.J. 1031 (2005), with Amy Kapczynski, Samantha Chaifetz, and Zachary Katz

Peer Production of Survivable Critical Infrastructures, in M. F. Grady & F. Parisi (Eds.), The Law and Economics of Cybersecurity (pp. 73-114) (Cambridge University Press 2005)

Common Wisdom: Peer Production of Educational Materials, Center for Open and Sustainable Learning (2005)

"Sharing Nicely": On shareable goods and the emergence of sharing as a modality of economic production, 114 Yale L. J. 273 (2004)

Commons-Based Strategies and the Problems of Patents, 305 Science 1110 (Aug. 20, 2004)

Freedom in the Commons, 52 Duke L.J. 1245 (2003)

Through the Looking Glass: Alice and Constitutional Foundations of the Public Domain, 66 J. Law & Contemp. Probs. 173 (Winter/Spring 2003)

Coase's Penguin, or Linux and the Nature of the Firm, 112 Yale L.J (2002)

Some Economics of Wireless Communications, 16 Harvard Journal of Law & Technology 25 (Fall 2002)

Intellectual Property and the Organization of Information Production, 22 Int'l Rev. of L. & Ec. 81 (2002). 

A Speakers Corner Under the Sun, in The Commodification of Information: Political, Social, and Cultural Ramifications (N. Elkin-Koren, N. Netanel, eds.) (Kluwer, 2002).

Siren Songs and Amish Children: Autonomy, Information, and Law, 76 N.Y.U. L. Rev. 23 (2001)

The Battle Over the Institutional Ecosystem in the Digital Environment, 44 Communications of the ACM No.2 84 (2001)

Property, Commons, and the First Amendment: Towards a Core Common Infrastructure (White Paper for the Brennan Center for Justice) (March, 2001)

A Political Economy of the Public Domain: Markets in Information Goods vs. The Marketplace of Ideas, in Expanding the Boundaries of Intellectual Property: Innovation Policy for the Knowledge Society (Rochelle Dreyfuss, Diane L Zimmerman, and Harry First, eds. 2001)

From Consumers to Users: Shfiting the Deeper Structures of Regulation Towards Sustainable Commons and User Access, 52 Fed. Comm. L.J. 561 (2000)

An Unhurried View of Private Ordering in Information Transactions, 53 Vanderbilt Law Rev. 2063 (2000)

Constitutional Bounds of Database Protection: The Role of Judicial Review in the Creation and Definition of Private Rights in Information, 15 Berkeley L. & Tech. J. 535 (2000)

Net Regulation: Taking Stock and Looking Forward, 71 Colorado Law Rev. 331 (2000)

Free Markets vs. Free Speech: A Resilient Red Lion and it Critics, Reviewing Rationales and Rationalizations, Regulating the Electronic Media (Robert Corn-Revere, ed.) 11 European J. Int'l L. 171 (2000)

Internet Regulation: A Case Study in the Problem of Unilateralism, 11 European J. of Int'l L. 167 (2000)

Free as the Air to Common Use: First Amendment Constraints on Enclosure of the Public Domain, 74 N.Y.U. Law Review 354 (1999)

The Commons As A Neglected Factor of Information Policy (TPRC September 98)

Communications Infrastructure Regulation and the Distribution of Control Over Content, 22(3) Telecommunications Policy 183 (1998)

Overcoming Agoraphobia: Building the Commons of the Digitally Networked Environment, 11 Harvard Journal of Law & Technology 287 (Winter 1997-98)