Stacy-Ann Elvy


Position Title
Professor of Law

1117 King Hall

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’s forthcoming book, THE CAMBRIDGE HANDBOOK ON EMERGING ISSUES AT THE INTERSECTION OF COMMERCIAL LAW AND TECHNOLOGY (co-edited with Professor Nancy Kim)(forthcoming Cambridge University Press, 2023), explores several of the most recent and significant issues at the intersection of technology and commercial law, including issues pertaining to negotiated and standardized transactions. Her 2021 book, A COMMERCIAL LAW OF PRIVACY AND SECURITY FOR THE INTERNET OF THINGS (Cambridge University Press, 2021) focuses on the consumer and legal implications of the Internet of Things.

Professor Elvy has served as an adviser to the American Law Institute’s Principles for a Data Economy project. In 2022, she was invited by the UNESCO Inclusive Policy Lab to serve as an expert and to contribute an expert think piece on the Internet of Things. In 2021, she was selected to serve as a contributing peer review editor for the technology law section of the online legal journal Jotwell. Additionally, she serves as an executive committee member of the AALS Section on Commercial and Consumer Law and has also volunteered to serve as an observer to the ULC and ALI’s Joint Committee on the Uniform Commercial Code and Emerging Technologies.

Several of her articles have been identified and peer reviewed by distinguished legal scholars as some of the best scholarship relating to commercial law and privacy law. Her scholarship has been published or is forthcoming in leading legal journals and books, including the Columbia Law Review, Boston College Law Review, Washington & Lee Law Review, The Cambridge Handbook on Artificial Intelligence and the Law ( Cambridge University Press), Research 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.

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 2019, Professor Elvy received both the Otto L. Walter Distinguished Writing Award and the UC Davis CAMPSSAH Faculty Scholar Award. 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 Senterffit and Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom.

Education and Degree(s)
  • J.D. Harvard Law School, 2004
  • B.S. Cornell University, 2001
Research Interests & Expertise
  • Commercial Law
  • Privacy Law
  • Consumer Law
  • Technology Law
  • Human Rights
  • Civil Procedure



THE CAMBRIDGE HANDBOOK ON EMERGING ISSUES AT THE INTERSECTION OF COMMERCIAL LAW AND TECHNOLOGY (co-edited with Professor Nancy Kim) (forthcoming Cambridge University Press 2023)


Articles & Book Chapters

Artificial Intelligence Technologies and the Uniform Commercial Code,   The Cambridge Handbook on Artificial Intelligence and the Law   (forthcoming 2022) (Kristin Johnson ed., Cambridge University Press)   

Date Privacy and the Internet of Things, February 9, 2022 (UNESCO Inclusive Policy Lab) 

Automated Algorithmic Decision-Making Systems in Consumer Lending Transactionsin JOTWELL: The Journal of Things We Like (Lots) (reviewing “Discrimination on Wheels: How Big Data Uses License Plate Surveillance to Put the Brakes on Disadvantaged Drivers” by Nicole McConlogue) (2021) 

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.