Charles Belle, Executive Director, UC Hastings, Institute for Innovation Law, Research Director, Privacy and Technology Project. Find him on Twitter: @CharlesBelle
As Executive Director, Charles manages the Institute’s operational structure, and pursues individual research in a variety of areas that support further innovation, with a focus on the challenges facing early-stage startups. His work with the Institute includes legal research in privacy, innovation policy, and OpenGov and he serves as the community liaison for the Startup Legal Garage.
Founder and Research Director of the Privacy Project at UC Hastings, Charles manages the Privacy Project’s work in a variety of areas. His current projects include analyzing SDK privacy policies with the objective of developing resources to inform developers of information sharing vulnerabilities, a comparative research project on proposed privacy legislation, and managing the Data Breach Research Lab initiative launched July 2013.
As part of his community outreach initiative, Charles founded a series of community outreach initiatives, including launching the first Privacy Workshop for Startups and the Bay Area Privacy Professionals series. His work has led to a range of collaborations with entities that include the Office of the Attorney General of California, Mozilla, Hackers / Founders, and the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies at Stanford University.
Charles’s also works in OpenGov initiatives and other activities to support entrepreneurs. As an OpenGov advocate, he’s worked on various hackathons, participating and organizing, and has presented on Structuring on Legislative Data to policy and community organizations, and provided legal input on San Francisco’s OpenData Law when in proposal form. He is an Appointed Member of the City and County of San Francisco’s Committee on Information Technology (COIT). COIT is dedicated to setting policies and the overall direction of the San Francisco City and County Information Technology Community.
Outside of work, Charles is active in the startup landscape. He is the founder of Startup Policy Lab, a group dedicated to discussing, sharing, educating, and building a community around policy issues critical to startups and early stage companies; and, he is a Startup Weekend Organizer.
Charles received his AB in Economics and Political Science, and AM in International Relations, from the University of Chicago, and his JD from the University of California Hastings, College of the Law with a concentration on Intellectual Property. Charles is the co-author of Declaratory Relief After MedImmune; a data driven analysis of nearly 200 lower court decisions following the Supreme Court’s decision in MedImmune, Inc. v. Genentech, Inc. to evaluate MedImmune’s impact on declaratory judgment actions in patent litigation. The article considers whether Justice Thomas’s prediction was accurate: that lower courts would seek improper advisory opinions as a result of the Court’s decision.