Bryant Walker Smith is an assistant professor in the School of Law and (by courtesy) in the School of Engineering at the University of South Carolina. He is also an affiliate scholar at the Center for Internet and Society at Stanford Law School, an adjunct clinical professor at the University of Michigan Law School, a member of the U.S. Department of Transportation's Advisory Committee on Automation in Transportation, the chair of the Emerging Technology Law Committee of the Transportation Research Board of the National Academies, the reporter to the Uniform Law Commission's Study Committee on State Regulation of Driverless Cars, the chair of the Planning Task Force for the On-Road Automated Vehicle Standards Committee of the Society of Automotive and Aerospace Engineers, a faculty affiliate of the Rule of Law Collaborative, and a member of the New York Bar.
Professor Smith's research focuses on risk (particularly tort law and product liability), technology (automation and connectivity), and mobility (safety and regulation). As an internationally recognized expert on the law of self-driving vehicles, Smith taught the first-ever course on this topic and is regularly consulted by the government, industry, and media. His publications are available at
Before joining the University of South Carolina, Professor Smith led the legal aspects of automated driving program at Stanford University, clerked for The Hon. Evan J. Wallach at the U.S. Court of International Trade, and worked as a fellow at the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development. He holds both an LLM in international legal studies and a JD (cum laude) from New York University School of Law and a BS in civil engineering from the University of Wisconsin. Prior to his legal career, Professor Smith worked as a transportation engineer.
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