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About Hannibal Travis

Hannibal Travis is a Professor of Law at Florida International University College of Law, where he has taught Intellectual Property, Copyright Law, Computer and Internet Law, Entertainment Law, Antitrust Law, an Advanced Copyright Law seminar, Internet Law seminars, Introduction to International and Comparative Law, and Business Law and Intellectual Property for Engineers. In Fall 2017, he is a visiting professor at the University of Florida Levin College of Law. Professor Travis conducts research in the fields of cyberlaw, intellectual property, antitrust, telecommunications, and human rights law. He received his B.A. in Philosophy summa cum laude from Washington University, where he was named to Phi Beta Kappa. He earned his J.D. magna cum laude from Harvard Law School, where he served as a member of the Harvard Journal of Law and Technology and the Harvard Human Rights Journal. After law school, he clerked for the Honorable William Matthew Byrne, Jr., of the United States District Court for the Central District of California. He then served an associate at O'Melveny & Myers in San Francisco, and at Debevoise & Plimpton in New York. At both firms, he participated in litigating intellectual property and antitrust disputes, and advising clients in the media, telecommunications, software, and Internet industries. His writings have been published in law reviews and journals affiliated with American University, Hofstra University, Northwestern University, Pepperdine University, the University of Arizona, the University of California, the University of Miami, the University of Notre Dame, the University of Virginia, and Yale University. His most recent publications deal with the effect on publishers of mass book-digitization by Google and other Internet firms, in the Journal of the Copyright Society of the USA and in the American Intellectual Property Law Association Quarterly Journal, and in the book Research Handbook on E-Commerce Law (John Rothchild ed., Elgar 2016). In 2012-2013, he published the edited book Cyberspace Law: Censorship and Regulation of the Internet (Travis ed., Routledge 2013), and the monograph Genocide, Ethnonationalism, and the United Nations: Exploring the Causes of Mass Killing Since 1945 (Routledge 2012). His articles and book chapters in 2013-2014 included contributions to the Vanderbilt Journal of Entertainment and Technology Law, the Tulane Journal of Intellectual Property and Technology Law, and the International Journal of Minority and Group Rights. He has also published book chapters in Transnational Culture in the Internet Age (Adam Candeub and Sean Pager eds., Elgar, 2011), Google et les Nouveaux Services en Ligne (Strowel ed., Editions Larcier, 2008), Forgotten Genocides (Lemarchand ed., University of Pennsylvania Press, 2011), Hidden Genocides: Power, Knowledge, and Memory (Hinton, La Pointe, and Irvin eds., Rutgers University Press, 2013), The Plight and Fate of Children During and Following Genocide (Samuel Totten ed., Transaction Publishers, 2014), The Top Ten Global Justice Law Review Articles of 2008 (Oxford University Press, 2009), and Impediments to the Prevention and Intervention of Genocide (Samuel Totten ed., Transaction Publishers, 2012). Finally, he is the author of the first comprehensive legal history of physical and cultural genocide in the Middle East and North Africa, entitled Genocide in the Middle East: The Ottoman Empire, Iraq, and Sudan (Carolina Academic Press, 2010), and the articles "Reparations for Mass Atrocities as Path to Peace," Brooklyn Journal of International Law (2014), "Wargaming the 'Arab Spring': Predicting Likely Outcomes and Planning U.N. Responses," Cornell International Law Journal (2012), "'Native Christians Massacred': The Ottoman Genocide of the Assyrians During World War I," Genocide Studies and Prevention 1(3) (2006): 327-346; "On the Original Understanding of the Crime of Genocide," Genocide Studies and Prevention 7(2) (2012): 37-55; "The United Nations and Genocide Prevention: The Problem of Racial and Religious Bias," Genocide Studies International 8(2) (2014); and "Why Was Benghazi 'Saved,' While Sinjar Was Allowed to Be Lost? New Failures of Genocide Prevention, 2007-2015," Genocide Studies International 10(2) (2016).


Present Professor of Law, Florida International University College of Law
Present Visiting Fellow, Summer 2009, Oxford Internet Institute

Curriculum Vitae

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Honors and Awards

  • magna cum laude, Harvard Law School
  • summa cum laude, Washington University (St. Louis)


  • Intellectual Property
  • Antitrust
  • International and Comparative Law

Contact Information

11200 S.W. 8th Street, RDB 2067
Miami, FL 33199
Ph: 305.348.8371


Intellectual Property Law (14)

Genocide Studies (5)

Broadband Regulation and Net Neutrality (2)

International Law and Human Rights (4)