David Thaw

University of Pittsburgh | 3900 Forbes Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15260 | dbthaw@gmail.com


General Course Information


Professor Thaw’s primarily teaches in the areas of law and technology and regulation and policymaking. He also teaches courses in first-year criminal law and constitutional law. He has been a Visiting Lecturer at Hallym University of Graduate Studies (Seoul, KR) and a Visiting Professor at Università degli Studi di Milano (University of Milan). In addition to his regularly taught courses, Professor Thaw’s law teaching interests include Privacy, Corporations, Business Associations and Intellectual Property. His information and computer science teaching interests include networks, computer security, and privacy/security usability.

Office Hours (Fall 2017)

  • My office hours this semester are by appointment only, and may be conducted by videoconference or telephone. Students should schedule appointments by email in advance. (Questions regarding this policy should be directed to the Office of the Dean.)

Courses Currently Offered (Fall 2017)


Courses Generally Taught by Professor Thaw

I frequently teach the courses listed in this section. The links below provide information to current and prospective students who may want to learn about my teaching style, topic selection, and other matters related to courses they might take with me in upcoming semesters.

Law School Courses

  • Administrative Law
  • Constitutional Law
  • Criminal Law

Cross-Listed Courses

  • Cybersecurity and Privacy
  • Cybercrime

Other Teaching Interests

In addition to those courses I generally teach, my research and professional interests and experience cover a variety of other areas in which I will sometimes teach, depending on the needs of the University and its students. These include:

Law School Courses

  • Corporations/Business Associations
  • Information Privacy Law
  • Intellectual Property
  • Internet Law/Cyberlaw
  • Legislation and Regulation
  • Regulated Industries

Information/Computer Science Courses

  • Computer/Network Security
  • Networking
  • Qualitative Methods
  • Quantitative Methods
  • Usable Privacy & Security

Cross-Listed Courses

  • Economics of Information Security (Seminar)
  • Privacy Practice, Design, & Regulation
  • Cyber Risk Management