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Smith, Bryant Walker

Adjunct Clinical Professor of Law
Co-Director, Project in Law and Mobility
Co-Editor-in-Chief, Michigan Journal of Law and Mobility
Associate Professor of Law, University of South Carolina

333 Hutchins Hall


Bryant Walker Smith is an associate professor in the School of Law and (by courtesy) the School of Engineering at the University of South Carolina. He also is an affiliate scholar at the Center for Internet and Society at Stanford Law School and co-director of the University of Michigan Project on Law and Mobility. He previously led the Emerging Technology Law Committee of the Transportation Research Board of the National Academies and served on the U.S. Department of Transportation's Advisory Committee on Automation in Transportation.

Trained as a lawyer and an engineer, Smith advises cities, states, countries, and the United Nations on emerging transport technologies. He co-authored the globally influential levels of driving automation, drafted the leading model law for automated driving in the United States, and taught the first legal courses dedicated to automated driving (in 2012), hyperloops, and flying taxis. His students have developed best practices for regulating scooters, and he is writing about what it means to be a trustworthy company. His publications are available at

Before joining the University of South Carolina, Smith led the legal aspects of the 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 the New York University School of Law and a BS in civil engineering from the University of Wisconsin. Prior to his legal career, Smith worked as a transportation engineer.