Timothy Wu

Julius Silver Professor of Law, Science and Technology

Timothy Wu

Julius Silver Professor of Law, Science and Technology

Tim Wu is the Julius Silver Professor of Law, Science and Technology at Columbia Law School.  Wu joined the Law School in 2006 and teaches antitrust, copyright, the media industries, and communications law. He is the author of, among other works, "Network Neutrality Broadband Discrimination" (2003), Who Controls the Internet (2006), The Master Switch (2010), The Attention Merchants (2016), and The Curse of Bigness (forthcoming, November 2018). 

Wu was a law clerk for Justice Stephen Breyer and Judge Richard Posner, and has also worked at the White House National Economic Council, at the Federal Trade Commission, for the New York Attorney General, and in the Silicon Valley telecommunications industry. He has written widely for the popular press and is currently a contributing opinion writer for the New York Times.

Wu has testified before Congress on multiple occasions, has been named twice to the Politico 50 list of those transforming American politics, and was also named one of America’s 100 most influential lawyers by the National Law Journal. He has twice won the Lowell Thomas Award for travel writing, and in 2017 he was named to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

  • J.D., Harvard Law School, 1998
  • B.sc., McGill University, 1995
Areas of Expertise


  • Communications law and policy
  • Antitrust
  • Copyright 
  • The Curse of Bigness: Antitrust in the New Gilded Age, Columbia Global Reports, 2018
  • The Attention Merchants, Alfred A. Knopf, 2016
  • The Master Switch: The Rise and Fall of Information Empires, Alfred A. Knopf, 2010
  • Who Controls the Internet, Oxford University Press, 2006

View and extended list of Tim Wu’s publications

Professional Experience
  • Special Advisor, National Economic Council, The White House, 2016-2017
  • Senior Enforcement Counsel and Special Advisor, New York Attorney General's Office, 2015-2016
  • Senior Advisor, Federal Trade Commission, 2011-2012
  • Chairman, Free Press, 2008-2011
  • Associate Professor of Law, University of Virginia, 2002-2004
  • Director, Technical Marketing, Riverstone Networks, Inc., 2000-2002
  • Law clerk for Justice Stephen Breyer, United States Supreme Court, 1999-2000
  • Law clerk for Judge Richard Posner, 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, 1998-1999


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Antitrust and Trade Regulation
Copyright Law
Criminal Law
S. Political Theory and the 1st Amendment
The Media Industries: Public Policy and Business Strategy