Henry H. Perritt, Jr., is a professor of law at Chicago-Kent College of Law. He
served as Chicago-Kent's dean from 1997 to 2002 and was the Democratic candidate for
the U.S. House of Representatives in the Tenth District of Illinois in 2002. Throughout
his academic career, Professor Perritt has made it possible for groups of law and
engineering students to work together to build a rule of law, promote the free press,
assist in economic development, and provide refugee aid through "Project
Bosnia," "Operation Kosovo" and "Destination Democracy." 

Professor Perritt recently published two books on Kosovo: Kosovo Liberation Army: The
Inside Story of an Insurgency, published by the University of Illinois Press in 2008, and
The Road to Independence for Kosovo: A Chronicle of the Ahtisaari Plan, published by
Cambridge University Press in 2009. He also wrote a musical about Kosovo, You Took Away
My Flag, which was originally performed to sold-out houses at Strawdog Theatre in Chicago
in June 2009. The musical reopened with a new cast and songs for an eight-week run at
Theatre Building Chicago in April 2010, closing on schedule in May. A screenplay for a
movie about the same story and characters is being shopped to filmmakers, and a sequel in
novel form is being reviewed by agents and publishers. 

Professor Perritt is the author of more than 70 law review articles and 15 books on
international relations and law, technology and law, and employment law, including the
730-page Law and the Information Superhighway. He served on President Clinton's
Transition Team, working on telecommunications issues, and drafted principles for
electronic dissemination of public information, which formed the core of the Electronic
Freedom of Information Act Amendments adopted by Congress in 1996. During the Ford
administration, he served on the White House staff and as deputy under secretary of

Professor Perritt served on the Computer Science and Telecommunications Policy Board of
the National Research Council, and on a National Research Council committee on
"Global Networks and Local Values." He was a member of the interprofessional
team that evaluated the FBI's Carnivore system. He is a member of the bars of
Virginia, Pennsylvania, the District of Columbia, Maryland, Illinois and the United
States Supreme Court. He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and of the
Economic Club, is on the board of directors of the Chicago Council on Foreign Relations,
and has served as secretary of the Section on Labor and Employment Law of the American
Bar Association. 


Sharing Public Safety Helicopters (with E. Sprague & C. Cue) (with Eliot O. Sprague and Christopher L. Cue), Journal of Air Law & Commerce (2014)

Helicopters are unique assets to public safety operations. Too few local governments can afford them,...



Contributions to Books

What's a Telegram?, Then & Now: Stories of Law and Progress (2013)
Jurisdiction in Cyberspace: The Role of Intermediaries, in, Borders in Cyberspace: Information Policy and Global Information Infrastructure (1997)
Market Structures for Electronic Publishing and Electronic Contracting, in, Building Information Infrastructure: Issues in the Development of the National Research and Education Network (1992)
Chap. 36, Federal Administrative Procedure Act, 3, West's Federal Practice Manual (1989)
The Terrain of Wrongful Dismissal Legislation, in, Managing Employee Rights and Responsibilities (1989)

Popular Press

Game of Drones (with E. Sprague), Rotorcraft Pro (2015)
Law-Abiding Drones (with E. Sprague), Rotor and Wing (2014)
Leashing Drones (with E. Sprague), Rotorcraft (2014)
Drone Dread (with E. Sprague), Rotor and Wing (2014)

Unpublished Papers


One centimeter over my back yard: where does federal preemption of state drone regulation start?, ExpressO (2015)

The proliferation of cheap civilian drones and their obvious utility for precision agriculture, motion picture...



Law Abiding Drones (with Eliot O. Sprague), ExpressO (2015)


Drones (with Eliot O. Sprague), ExpressO (2014)


Drone technology is evolving rapidly. Microdrones—what the FAA calls “sUAS”—already on the market at...



Crowdsourcing Indie Movies, ExpressO (2012)

Crowdsourcing Indie Movies

Henry H. Perritt, Jr.


Internet-centered technology developments are revolutionizing the ways...