Professor of the Practice of Law
Office phone: (757) 221-3836
Office location: Room 211E
Representative Professional Activities and Achievements
Iria Giuffrida is a Professor of the Practice of Law at William & Mary Law School and is the Deputy Director of the Center for Legal & Court Technology (CLCT). She also holds the position of Visiting Faculty for Business Law at the Business at the Raymond A. Mason School of Business.
Professor Giuffrida has been working on a grant-funded research project focusing on legal issues arising from the increasing use of artificial intelligence, the rapid growth of the Internet of Things and related emerging technologies. She leads CLCT’s research efforts in this area and is involved in the work of the Commonwealth Cyber Initiative.
She teaches the Law School’s innovative artificial intelligence course, which was first offered in spring 2018. She co-teaches a new, interdisciplinary seminar on cyber and information security, with a team of professors from William & Mary’s Mason School of Business and Department of Computer Science. She also teaches other courses including International Commercial Arbitration, International Business Transactions, Mediation, Legal Environment of Business and Business Law.
In her previous professional life, she was a commercial litigator with Dechert LLP (in the London and Brussels offices) and Enyo Law LLP, a big-ticket specialist litigation firm in London. Professor Giuffrida has substantial experience in alternative dispute resolution having been involved in a number of ICC and LCIA arbitrations as well as mediations concerning competition law, international joint-venture disputes, energy disputes and construction law. She has advised clients in a wide range of commercial matters and has particular experience in complex and multijurisdictional financial services disputes, breach of fiduciary duties and restitution-based claims.
She is admitted to practice in the State of New York, is a Solicitor in England and Wales and has also qualified as a Solicitor in the Republic of Ireland.
Prior to practicing law, Professor Giuffrida taught law in the U.S. and in the U.K., and worked for the European Ombudsman in Brussels.
Professor Giuffrida graduated with an LL.B. in English and European Law from Queen Mary, University of London. She was the 2001 Drapers’ Scholar at William & Mary Law School, where she obtained an LL.M. She was later awarded a Ph.D. in Law by Queen Mary, University of London.
- ABA Handbook on Multijurisdictional Competition Law Investigations (2010).
Articles and Book Chapters
- Smart Cities and Sustainability: a New Challenge to Accountability?, 45 Wm. & Mary Envtl. L. Rev. 739 (2021). Online.
- Keeping AI under Observation: Anticipated Impacts on Physicians’ Standard of Care, 22 Tul. J. Tech. & Intell. Prop. 1 (2020) (with Taylor Treece). Online.
- Liability for AI Decision-Making: Some Legal and Ethical Considerations, 88 Fordham L. Rev. (2019). Online.
- A Legal Perspective on the Trials and Tribulations of AI: How Artificial Intelligence, the Internet of Things, Smart Contracts and Other Technologies Will Affect the Law, 68 Case W. Res. L. Rev. 747 (2018) (with Fredric Lederer & Nicolas Vermerys). Online.
- First Cartel Settlement in the EU: Reduced Fines in Exchange for Admission of Liability, Dechert OnPoint LLP (2010).
- New Rules for Distribution Agreements Take On Large Buyers and Internet Sales, Dechert OnPoint (2010).
- Revised EU Rules on the Cooperation Between Competitors, Dechert OnPoint LLP (2010).
- Cookies and consent: a new regime or business as usual?, 9 World Data Protection Report (2009).
- REACH and its Competition Law Implications, Dechert OnPoint (2009).
- Legal, Ethical, and Practical Implications of the Use of Technology in European Courtrooms, 12 Wm. & Mary Bill Rts. J. 745 (2004). Online.