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Stacy-Ann Elvy

Professor of Law


J.D. Harvard Law School 2004

B.S. Cornell University 2001


Stacy-Ann Elvy is a Professor of Law and Martin Luther King, Jr. Hall Research Scholar at the University of California, Davis School of Law. Her research focuses on “the commercial law of privacy” and its relationship to emerging technology, and human rights law.

Professor Elvy is currently writing a book, THE INTERNET OF THINGS: THE FUTURE OF COMMERCIAL LAW AND PRIVACY (under contract with Cambridge University Press), that explores the consumer and legal implications of the Internet of Things. She is also an adviser to the American Law Institute’s Principles for a Data Economy project.

Her scholarship has been published in leading legal journals and books, including the Columbia Law Review, Boston College Law ReviewWashington & Lee Law ReviewResearch Handbook on the Law of Artificial Intelligence (Edward Elgar Press), Emory International Law Review, and the University of Michigan Journal of Gender and Law, to name a few. 

In 2019, Professor Elvy received both the Otto L. Walter Distinguished Writing Award and the UC Davis CAMPSSAH Faculty Scholar Award. Her articles have also been identified and peer reviewed by distinguished legal scholars in online legal journal Jotwell as some of the best recent works of scholarship relating to commercial law and privacy law.

She has written several articles and presented at various conferences and roundtables evaluating the Internet of Things, including serving as an invited speaker at the Centre for European Policy Studies Ideas Lab Conference in Belgium and an exclusive Internet of Things roundtable held by the U.S. Departments of Justice and Homeland Security.

In 2017, Professor Elvy was selected to serve as the Vice Chair of the Article 2 Uniform Commercial Code Committee of the American Bar Association. In 2016, she received the Rising Legal Star Award from the New York Law Journal after being selected from a field of nearly 300 nominees of New York lawyers age 40 or younger.

Professor Elvy joined the legal academy after practicing law at Akerman Senterfitt and Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom.

Subject Areas

Commercial Law, Privacy Law, Consumer Law, Technology Law, Human Rights, Civil Procedure

Selected Publications


THE INTERNET OF THINGS: THE FUTURE OF COMMERCIAL LAW AND PRIVACY (under contract with Cambridge University Press) (work in progress)

Articles & Book Chapters

Commodifying Consumer Data in the Era of the Internet of Things, 59 BOSTON COLLEGE L. REV. 423 (2018) (peer reviewed in JOTWELL: The Journal of Things We Like (Lots)), Oct. 28, 2019

Paying for Privacy and the Personal Data Economy, 117 COLUMBIA L. REV. 1369 (2017)
(peer reviewed in JOTWELL: The Journal of Things We Like (Lots)), Jan. 8, 2018

The Artificially Intelligent Internet of Things and Article 2 of the Uniform Commercial Code in RESEARCH
HANDBOOK ON THE LAW OF ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE (Woodrow Barfield ed., Edward Elgar Publishing)
(2018) pre-publication draft available

Hybrid Transactions and the Internet of Things: Goods, Services or Software? 74 WASH. & LEE L. REV. 75

Contracting in the Age of the Internet of Things: Article 2 of the UCC and Beyond, 44 HOFSTRA L. REV. 839
(2016) (peer reviewed in JOTWELL: The Journal of Things We Like (Lots)), Dec. 5, 2016

A Postcolonial Theory of Spousal Rape: The Caribbean and Beyond, 22 MICH. J. GENDER & L. 89 (2015)

Towards a New Democratic Africa: The African Charter on Democracy, Elections, and Governance, 27 EMORY
INT'L L. REV. 41 (2013)

Theories of State Compliance with International Law: Assessing the African Union’s Ability to Ensure State
Compliance with the African Charter and Constitutive Act, 41 GA. J. INT'L & COMP. L. 75 (2012)

Hope for Darfur Comes with New International Criminal Court Prosecutor, FORT MYERS NEWS-PRESS, June
27, 2012.