Deborah Hurley

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Deborah HurleyAdjunct Professor of LawAttorney at Law

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Deborah Hurley is the Principal of the consulting firm she founded in 1996, which advises governments, international organizations, companies, civil society, and foundations on advanced science and technology policy.  She is a Fellow of the Institute for Quantitative Social Science at Harvard University, a Senior ICT Expert on the Infrastructure Advisory Panel of the Pacific Region Infrastructure Facility in Sydney, Australia, and a member of the IEEE Standard for Privacy and Security Architecture for Consumer Wireless Devices Working Group.

Courses Taught

LAW.677Privacy Law

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Course Description

This course introduces students to the various frameworks of law governing the collection, use, access and disclosure of private sector data. Students will learn the Fair Information Practice Principles and the laws and regulations administering these principles by area of sensitive data: identity, medical, financial, education, and sales and marketing. Other topics include state privacy laws and legal limitations on government and court access to private-sector information. This course will also cover information tested for certification as a Certified Information Privacy Professional (CIPP).

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Course Degree

Juris DoctorMaster of Studies in Law
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Course Types

We have classified RWU Law classes under the following headers. One of the following course types will be attached to each course which will allow students to narrow down their search while looking for classes.

Core Course

Students in the first and second year are required to take classes covering the following aspects of the law—contracts, torts, property, criminal law, civil procedure, and constitutional law, evidence, and professional responsibility.  Along with these aspects, the core curriculum will develop legal reasoning skills.


After finishing the core curriculum the remaining coursework toward the degree is completed through upper level elective courses.  Students can choose courses that peak their interests or courses that go along with the track they are following.


Seminars are classes where teachers and small groups of students focus on a specific topic and the students complete a substantial research paper.


Inhouse Clinics and Clinical Externships legal education is law school training in which students participate in client representation under the supervision of a practicing attorney or law professor.  RWU Law's Clinical Programs offer unique and effective learning opportunities and the opportunity for practical experience while still in law school.