Olivier Sylvain

Fordham Law Professor Olivier Sylvain

Associate Professor of Law

Telephone: 646-312-8222
Email: sylvain@law.fordham.edu
Office: Room 7-108
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Faculty Assistant: AC Christian
Email: achristian@law.fordham.edu

Research and Teaching Areas

Information Law; Communications Law; Legislation; Administrative Law


Olivier Sylvain is an Associate 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, 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 several recent conferences and symposia across the United States, South America, and in Europe. He is part of a team of research engineers and social entrepreneurs to whom the National Science Foundation in fall 2017 awarded a three-year one-million-dollar grant to prototype a secure, affordable, and energy-efficient computing network that is to be owned and operated as a “commons resource” for Harlem residents.

At Fordham, Olivier teaches Legislation & Regulation, Administrative Law, Information Law, and information law related courses. He manages the Intellectual Property and Information Law concentration at Fordham and is the Director of the McGannon Center for Communications Research. He is 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.


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