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University of Illinois Journal of Law, Technology & Policy

The Illinois Journal of Law, Technology & Policy (JLTP) is a biannual peer-reviewed law journal, established at the University of Illinois in 2001. JLTP’s mission is to publish pieces on new technologies that raise important policy questions in both foreign and domestic jurisdictions, and to discuss the laws, regulations, and policies that affect technological development and innovation.


The two issues per year focus on technological innovation, policy, and the field of intellectual property. Each issue features articles by professors, judges, and practitioners and student-written notes. Additionally, JLTP continuously publishes practical pieces and perspectives: short form works focused on recent developments at the intersection of law, technology, and policy. The collaboration of JLTP’s members, editors, faculty, and contributing scholars adds unique and diverse perspectives to the discussion of the legal implications of technology.


JLTP is available exclusively online in order to publish cutting-edge scholarly works through a continuous publishing schedule. JLTP is indexed by Hein Online, LEXIS, and Westlaw.

Volume 2024 - Issue 1

Current Issue

The Age of Autonomy: The Automatic Self-Executing Contract Battles the Automatic Stay
by Alec Klimowicz

Modern business operates through smart contracts. From vending machines to blockchain transactions, smart contracts are seemingly everywhere and increasingly sophisticated. Without a precise definition, smart contracts are best thought of as a contract that automatically executes based on predetermined contractual terms.

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Ask What Your Country Can Do for Itself: Examining the FTC Merger and Acquisition Policy’s Effects on Innovation in the Defense Industry
by Christian Hallerud

With the modern international political landscape, U.S. defense technology is as important now as it was during the Cold War. At the same time, competition policy, especially the review of mergers and acquisitions, is an increasingly polarized political issue in the United States. . . .

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Affirmative Privacy Rights in the Employment Context: Considerations for Protecting Employee Data in Highly Regulated Environments
by Henry Brunngraber

Today, many employees use social media in the workplace context. Employees may use social media to communicate externally with clients, for example by following and messaging them on apps like Instagram. Employees may also use social media to communicate internally with other employees regarding work-related matters, for example by using apps like WhatsApp or Signal to discuss client meetings. This trend has invited increased regulatory. . .

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The (Questionable) Legality of “Maximal Extractable Value”: A Securities Law Perspective
by Aniruddh Vadlamani

DeFi users complain that Maximal Extractable Value (“MEV”) extractors engage in manipulative and deceptive practices when they re-order user trades for their own benefit. By receiving nonpublic price sensitive information before it is broadcasted to the entire network, extractors become the Vader—controlling and executing trade orders on a Decentralized Exchange (“DEX”). . . .

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About PP&P
Practical Pieces and Perspectives, previously Timely Tech, is the non-paginated companion to the University of Illinois Journal of Law, Technology & Policy. Through Practical Pieces and Perspectives, JLTP publishes short pieces that addresses cutting-edge issues in technology and the law. Submissions are accepted on a rolling basis.
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