Dennis Hirsch

Professor of Law; Director, Program on Data and Governance
dennis hirsch
Contact Information:

614-688-1435. Drinko 214


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B.A., Columbia University

J.D. Yale University

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Areas of Expertise:
  • Cyberlaw and Cybersecurity
  • Environmental Law
  • Privacy

Dennis Hirsch is Professor of Law and Director of the Program on Data and Governance at The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law.  He also holds the title of Professor of Law at Capital University Law School.

Professor Hirsch’s research interests lie at the intersection of governance theory and information privacy law and he has written extensively in this area.  He also writes about European data protection law, comparative information privacy law, and the instructive similarities between environmental law and privacy regulation.  In 2010, he served as a Fulbright Senior Professor at the University of Amsterdam where he produced a leading study on collaborative Dutch data protection regulation. Professor Hirsch has published articles in the Illinois Law Review, the Georgia Law Review, the Indiana Law Journal, the Administrative Law Review and numerous other law journals.  He is the co-author (with Jerry Anderson) of Environmental Law Practice: Problems and Exercises for Skills Development (Carolina Academic Press), a textbook adopted at over thirty law schools. He teaches courses on Information Privacy Law, Big Data Law and Policy, and Environmental Law.

Prior to joining the Moritz law faculty, Professor Hirsch served as the Geraldine W. Howell Professor (2008-2015) and as Associate Dean for Faculty and Student Development (2005-2007) at Capital University Law School.  He has been a Visiting Professor at Notre Dame Law School and at Drake University Law School.  He is the Reporter for the Uniform Law Commission Drafting Committee on Employee and Student Online Privacy, the Chair of the American Association of Law Schools Section on Defamation and Privacy, and the Co-Organizer of the University of Amsterdam, Institute for Information Law, Summer Course on Privacy Law and Policy – a course in which he enjoys teaching each July.

A graduate of Columbia University and the Yale Law School, Professor Hirsch has served as Articles Editor for the Yale Law Journal, as Law Clerk to the Hon. John M. Walker, Jr. of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, as an Associate at Sidley Austin LLP, and as Counsel to the Firm at Porter Wright Morris & Arthur LLP.