The Institute for Innovation Law (Institute) is a public interest academic center at UC Hastings. The Institute engages in academic research and education to encourage innovation through the practice and development of law and policy. The Institute's mission is to identify and promote the tools, knowledge, and skills needed to encourage innovation through the practice and development of law and policy.

Dedicated to promoting Data-Driven Law-Making, the Institute seeks to empower regulators to make informed decisions using reliable and objective analysis. Importantly, the Institute is developing a set of resources, skills, and knowledge applicable to other areas of the law. Research on legal issues that limit entrepreneurship is one part of a purpose driven initiative to study Data Driven Law Making. The Data Driven Law Making initiative is part of a greater effort by the Institute to support all aspects of innovation, legal and technical, at the intersection of the law and technology.

The Institute's work is comprised of both research initiatives and a classroom component. Administratively, the Institute serves as the umbrella entity over two sub-programs: the Startup Legal Garage and the Privacy and Technology Project.

Institute Staff

Professor Robin Feldman — Institute Director

Professor Alice Armitage — Director, Startup Legal Garage

Professor Drew Amerson — Program Manager, Startup Legal Garage

Connie Wang — Research Fellow, Institute

John Gray — Program Associate, Institute