Hillary B. Farber - Associate Professor of Law

Hillary B. Farber's faculty portrait.

J.D., Northeastern University School of Law
B.A., University of Michigan

Courses and research interests

Professor Hillary B. Farber teaches Criminal Law, Criminal Procedure, and Evidence. Professor Farber is an expert on the regulatory and privacy aspects of unmanned aircraft systems (drones). She presents frequently on law and policy issues pertaining to surveillance, technology, and privacy.

Professional background

Professor Farber has appeared on national radio and television programs commenting on the domestic use of unmanned aircraft systems in the U.S. and around the world. She is a contributing author to Unmanned Aircraft in the National Airspace: Critical Issues, Technology, and the Law, American Bar Association, 2015. Her 2014 article, Eyes in The Sky: Constitutional and Regulatory Approaches to Domestic Drone Deployment, 64 Syr. L. Rev. 1 (2014), was the lead article in the Syracuse Law Review.  She has published articles for Human Rights and Sci-Tech Lawyer, which focus on the legislative, regulatory, and privacy issues involving drones. Her most recent article is Keep Out: The Efficacy of Trespass, Nuisance and Privacy Torts as Applied to Drones, 33 Ga. St. U. L. Rev. ___ (2016).

Professor Farber speaks regularly at academic conferences, as well as to legislators, members of the drone industry, and legal practitioners. Some of her speaking engagements include UAS in the News and Entertainment Industries hosted by the Biederman Institute in Los Angeles, CA; The National Council of State Legislatures 2015 Fall Forum; the American Bar Association Annual Meetings; The American Constitution Society; Massachusetts Bar Association; Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education; Community Association Institute. In 2014, Professor Farber presented on the U.S. regulatory and legislative approaches to unmanned aerial surveillance in Adelaide, South Australia. She has also been a guest lecturer at Flinders Law School in Adelaide, South Australia, and the University of New South Wales Law School in Sydney, Australia.

Professor Farber serves on the Advisory Board of the Boston Chapter of the American Constitution Society and the Board of Directors for Suffolk Lawyers for Justice. She is a founding member of the New England Innocence Project. Professor Farber earned a B.A. in political science with high honors from the University of Michigan and received her J.D. from Northeastern University School of Law.

Watch Professor Farber's recent appearances on Fox 25 Boston:

Professor Farber discusses the war on drones

Professor Farber on the regulation of civilian drone use

Selected publications

FAA’s Drone Rules and Homeowners’ Right to Privacy: Promoting Technology or a License to Snoop? 44 Fordham Urb. L. J. __ (forthcoming 2017).

Keep Out: The Efficacy of Trespass, Nuisance and Privacy Torts as Applied to Drones, 33 Ga. St. U. L. Rev. ___ (2016).

“UP IN THE AIR:  Drones – What Leaders Need to Know”,Common Ground, 2016 (co-authored).

Eyes in the Sky and Privacy Concerns on the Ground, 41 Human Rights 23-25. American Bar Association/Section of Civil rights and Responsibilities (2016).

Let’s Make it Easy to Be Responsible with Drones, Providence Journal, December 29, 2015. Available at: http://www.providencejournal.com/article/20151229/OPINION/151229411/2011

Sensing and Surveillance: Constitutional Privacy Issues of Unmanned Aircraft, in Unmanned Aircraft in the National Airspace: Critical Issues, Technology, and the Law  225 (D. Dulo, ed., American Bar Association, 2015).

Eyes in the Sky and Privacy Concerns on the Ground, 11 The SciTech Lawyer 6-9.  American Bar Association/Section of Science and Technology Law, Summer 2015.

Eyes in the Sky: Constitutional and Regulatory Approaches to Domestic Drone Deployment, 61 Syr. L. Rev. 1 (2014).

Keep Your Eyes on Eyes in the Sky, Cape Cod Times, (January 10, 2014);http://www.capecodonline.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20140110/OPINION/401100309/-1/OPINION0310

Do Not Track Should Apply to Drivers Too, South Coast Today, March 6, 2014. http://www.southcoasttoday.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20140306/OPINION/403060339

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