Richard Warner

Professor Richard Warner
Professor of Law
565 W. Adams St., Room 845
Chicago, IL 60661


  • J.D., University of Southern California Gould School of Law
  • Ph.D., University of California, Berkeley
  • B.A., Stanford University


Professor Warner is the faculty director of Chicago-Kent's Center for Law and Computers. He was named a Norman and Edna Freehling Scholar in 2002. From 1994 to 1996, he was president of InterActive Computer Tutorials, a software company, and from 1998 to 2000, he was director of Building Businesses on the Web, an Illinois Institute of Technology executive education program concerning e-commerce.

He is the director of the School of American Law, a Chicago-Kent–affiliated international program with branches in several European countries. He is a visiting foreign professor at University of Gdańsk, Poland, in the Intellectual Property Institute. He is of counsel at the SWC law firm in Warsaw, Poland.

Professor Warner's research concerns the regulation of online privacy, security, and competition. He has lectured on Internet security at the second United Nations Economic Commission for Europe workshop "E-Regulations: E-Security and Knowledge Economy" in Geneva, Switzerland, and, at the invitation of the FBI, on global cybercrime before the Chicago Crime Commission. He was the principal investigator for "Using Education to Combat White Collar Crime," a U.S. State Department grant devoted to combating money laundering in Ukraine from 2000 to 2006. He is currently a member of the U.S. Secret Service's Electronic and Financial Crimes Taskforce, and he is a privacy ambassador for the CAPrice Consortium.

Professor Warner earned his J.D. from the University of Southern California, where he served on the Southern California Law Review and was elected to the Order of the Coif. He received his Ph.D. in philosophy from the University of California, Berkeley, and he received his B.A. (with distinction and Phi Beta Kappa) in English from Stanford University.

Professor Warner joined the Chicago-Kent faculty in 1990. Prior to that, he was an assistant professor of philosophy at the University of Southern California and at the University of Pennsylvania. He teaches Contracts, Remedies, Jurisprudence, Internet Law, and E-Commerce Law and has published several articles and books on philosophical and legal topics. His most recent book is Unauthorized Access: The Crisis in Online Privacy and Security (co-authored with Robert Sloan).

Selected Publications


The Privacy Fix: How To Preserve Privacy in the Onslaught of Surveillance, (Cambridge University Press 2021) (with R. Sloan). 

Why Don't We Defend Better?: Data Breaches, Risk Management, and Public Policy (CRC Press 2019) (with R. Sloan). 

Unauthorized Access: The Crisis in Online Privacy and Security (CRC Press 2013) (with R. Sloan).

Freedom, Enjoyment, and Happiness: An Essay on Moral Psychology (Cornell University Press 1987).


Common-Knowledge-Based Pragmatics, in Fabrizio Macagno and Alessandro Capone (eds.), Inquiries in Philosophical Pragmatics. Theoretical Developments (2021).

Making Artificial Intelligence Transparent: Fairness and the Problem of Proxy Variables, 40 Criminal Justice Ethics 1 (2021).

Notice and Choice Must Go: The Collective Control Alternative, SMU Science and Technology Review, 173 (2021).

Beyond Bias: Artificial Intelligence and Social Justice, with Robert Sloan, 24 Virginia Journal of Law and Technology 1 (2020). 

Meaning, Reasoning, and Common Knowledge, 16 Intercultural Pragmatics (2019).

Indirect Reports in the Interpretation of Contracts and Statutes: A Gricean Theory of Coordination and Common Knowledge, in Alessandro Capone et al. (eds.), Further Advances in Pragmatics and the Law, Part II Springer (2019).

Algorithms and Human Freedom, with Robert Sloan, 35 Santa Clara Computer and High Technology Law Journal 1 (2019).

When Is an Algorithm Transparent? Predictive Analytics, Privacy, and Public Policy, with Robert Sloan, IEEE Security & Privacy, (2018).

The Ethics of the Algorithm: Autonomous Systems and the Wrapper of Human Control, with Robert Sloan, 48 Cumberland Law Review 101 (2018).

Coordinating Meaning: Contractual Promises, Common Knowledge and Coordination in Speaker Meaning, in Alessandro Capone (ed.), Further Advances in Pragmatics and Philosophy, Part I, Springer (2018).  

Relational Privacy: Surveillance, Common Knowledge and Coordination, 11 U. ST. THOMAS J.L. & PUB. POL'Y 1 (2017).

The Self, the Stasi, the NSA: Privacy, Knowledge, and Complicity in the Surveillance State, 17 Minnesota Journal of Law, Science, and Technology 347 (2016) (with Robert H. Sloan).

Undermined Norms: The Corrosive Effect of Information Processing Technology on Informational Privacy, 55 Saint Louis University Law Journal 1047 (2011).

Surveillance and the Self: Privacy, Identity, and Technology, 54 DePaul Law Review 847 (2005).

Border Disputes: Trespass to Chattels on the Internet, 47 Villanova Law Review 117 (2002).

Does Incommensurability Matter? Incommesurability and Public Policy, 146 University of Pennsylvania Law Review 1287 (1998).

Why Pragmatism? The Puzzling Place of Pragmatism in Critical Theory, 1993 University of Illinois Law Review 535 (1993).

Three Theories of Legal Reasoning, 62 Southern California Law Review 1523 (1989).

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