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Olivier Sylvain

Fordham Law Professor Olivier Sylvain

Professor of Law

Telephone: 646-312-8222
Office: Room 7-108
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Faculty Assistant: Lourdes Ramirez

Research and Teaching Areas

Information Law; Communications Law; Legislation; Administrative Law


Olivier Sylvain is a Professor of Law at Fordham University School of Law. His academic interests are chiefly in information and communications law and policy. He has written a variety of law review articles, symposium pieces, essays, policy papers, news articles, op-eds, and blog posts on current controversies in communications policy, online intermediary liability, privacy, and copyright. Olivier has been on the local NPR station and an invited speaker at universities and conferences around the world. He is part of a team of legal scholars, research engineers, and social entrepreneurs to whom the National Science Foundation in fall 2017 awarded a three-year one-million-dollar grant to prototype an "edge-cloud" network that is to be owned and operated as a “common pool resource” for Harlem residents.

At Fordham, Olivier teaches Legislation & Regulation, Administrative Law, Information Law, and information law related courses. He is the Director of the McGannon Center for Communications Research. He is also affiliated with the Center for Law and Information Policy and the Center on Race, Law, and Justice. Before entering academia, Olivier was a Karpatkin Fellow in the National Legal Office of the American Civil Liberties Union in New York City and a litigation associate at Jenner & Block, LLC, in Washington, D.C. He is on the board of directors for the New York affiliate of the American Civil Liberties Union and teaches a class on modern American literature for local incarcerated men.


  • Williams College, BA
  • Georgetown University Law Center, JD
  • Columbia University, PhD