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Thomas Koenig

Professor Emeritus of Sociology

Thomas Koenig has been a faculty member at Northeastern University since 1977, serving as chair of the Department of Sociology and Anthropology from 2002 until 2008. In 2008-2009 he was a Fulbright scholar at the University of Belgrade (Serbia) Law School, where he taught and researched about European Internet policies. Professor Koenig has testified before both Houses of Congress and his research has been discussed in the Economist, The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, Time, U.S. News and World Report, as well as being widely cited in legal decisions and in leading academic publications. He was a fellow at Harvard University Law School and has served as a visiting faculty member at Tufts University, Brown University, SUNY at Buffalo and in Hungary’s program on Post-Soviet Change Management. Professor Koenig has supervised more than 50 PhD dissertations and an equal number of Doctorates in Law and Policy. He is currently researching cross-national conflicts over Internet law, online human rights, and civil law.


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2018-Present Board Member; Each One Teach One
2016-Present; National Science Foundation On-Site Grant Reviewer
2008-09; Fulbright Research and Lecturing Fellow, University of Belgrade Law School 1995-96; Liberal Arts Fellow in Law and Sociology, Harvard University Law School
2008-Present; Member, Editorial Board, Belgrade Law Review


Thomas Koenig and Michael Rustad, Global Information Technology: Ethics and the Law, West Academic Publications, 447 pages, January 2018. Teacher’s Manual (340 pages); February 2018.

Thomas Koenig and Michael Rustad, In Defense of Tort Law, NYU Press; 2001; 345 pp.; paperback edition 2003.

Michael Rustad and Thomas Koenig, “Creating a Public Health Disinformation Exception to CDA Section 230,” Syracuse Law Review, forthcoming in Vol. 71 (2021).

Michael Rustad and Thomas Koenig, “Creating a Public Health Disinformation Exception to CDA Section 230,” Syracuse Law Review, forthcoming in Vol. 71 (2021).

Michael Rustad and Thomas Koenig, “Deterring Viral Pandemics of COVID-19 Misinformation,” Northwestern University Law Review Online (April 26, 2020)
Thomas Koenig, “Abusive Terms of Use in Internet-Connected Toy Contracts,” Suffolk University Law Review, Vol 52 No2, Summer 2019, pp. 187-225.

Michael Rustad and Thomas Koenig, “Toward a Global Privacy Standard,” Florida Law Review, Vol. 71 No. 2, March 2019, pp. 365-.453.

Michael Rustad, Wenzhuo Liu, and Thomas Koenig, “Destined to Collide? Social Media Contracts in the U.S. and China” University of Pennsylvania Journal of International Law, Vol .37 No. 2, Winter 2015, pp. 647-739.




  • Southeastern Association of Law Schools
  • American Sociological Association
  • Law and Society Association

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  • Law and Society in a Digital World

    SOCL 4518

    Explores the ways in which the legal system shapes and is, in turn, shaped by ideological and political movements. For example, the bitter controversy over whether runaway juries have created “jackpot justice” by awarding huge sums to plaintiffs is a reflection of deep cultural and political divides over individual rights and corporate power. Also examines new legal principles that are currently evolving to deal with such misdeeds as systematic corporate misconduct, cyber crimes, and harassment.