Rebecca Crootof is the Information Society Project Executive Director and a Research Scholar and Lecturer in Law at Yale Law School. Her primary areas of research include technology law, international law, and torts; much of her work focuses on questions of when and how law can channel technological development to promote socially desirable aims. At Yale, she teaches a course on domestic and international means of regulating disruptive technologies.
Crootof has authored pieces on subjects ranging from how autonomous weapon systems may foster the rise of international tort law to the influence of non-self-executing treaties on American jurisprudence. She has published with the Pennsylvania Law Review, the Yale Journal of International Law, the Cardozo Law Review, and the Yale Law Journal; contributed to a NATO book on autonomous weapon systems; and authored pieces on Lawfare and Slate.
Crootof earned her B.A. cum laude at Pomona College, her J.D. at Yale Law School, and her PhD at Yale Law School, where she graduated as a member of the first class of PhDs in law awarded in the United States. Her dissertation, Keeping Pace: New Technology and the Evolution of International Law, examines how technology fosters change in the international legal order, both by creating a need for new regulations and by altering how sources of international governance are created and interact. Crootof has also served as a law clerk for Judge Mark R. Kravitz of the U.S. District Court for the District of Connecticut and for Judge John M. Walker, Jr. of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit. She is a member of the New York Bar.