Media Advisory: UC Irvine School of Law to Co-Host April 8 Conference on Virtual Worlds


WHAT: The conference, “Governing the Magic Circle: Regulation of Virtual Worlds,” explores the governance of virtual worlds, which have become an important part of the information economy, not only for entertainment, but for education, scientific research, social networking, and military defense. Formal regulation, informal agreement, private contract, economic incentives, and social norms all play a role in governing such activity.

This conference gathers experts in law, economics, social science, computer science, communications, and cultural studies to explore the complex interaction of new and established mechanisms for regulating virtual worlds.

WHO: Featured speakers are Farnaz M. Alemi, Jenner & Block; Ted Castranova, IU Bloomington; Benjamin Duranske, Facebook; Joshua Fairfield, Washington & Lee; Eric Goldman, Santa Clara; Laura Heymann, William & Mary; Kristin Hickman, Minnesota; Sal Humphreys, Adelaide; Mark Lemley, Stanford; Bonnie Nardi, UC Irvine; TL Taylor, ITU Copenhagen; Rebecca Tushnet, Georgetown.

Co-hosted by UC Irvine School of Law and UCI Center for Computer Games & Virtual Worlds.

WHEN: Friday, April 8, 2011, 8:45 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

WHERE: UC Irvine Campus, Donald Bren Hall.

REGISTRATION: Registration fee: $45. Students and faculty may receive a $20 discount. MCLE credit available. For more details and to register:

MEDIA CONTACT: Rex Bossert, UCI Law assistant dean for communications,, (949) 824-3063.


Opened in August 2009, UC Irvine School of Law seeks to create the ideal law school for the 21st century by doing the best job of training lawyers for the practice of law at the highest levels of the profession. Recruited from prestigious schools, the faculty ranked 9th in the country in scholarly impact in a recent study. The first two classes of students have median grades and LSAT scores comparable to those of classes at top 20 law schools. The school’s innovative curriculum stresses hands-on learning, interdisciplinary study and public service.


The center’s goal is to expand campus-wide research activities that draw upon UCI’s strengths spanning the social and technological aspects of games and virtual worlds. More than 35 faculty members from computer science, arts, humanities, social science and education collaborate in the center.