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College of Information and Communications

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Eric P. Robinson, J.D., Ph.D.

Title: Associate Professor
Associate Professor (Affiliate), USC Joseph F. Rice School of Law
Department: School of Journalism and Mass Communications
College of Information and Communications
Phone: 803-777-9290
Fax: 803-777-4103
Office: School of Journalism and Mass Communications
800 Sumter Street, Room 325
Columbia, SC 29208
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Eric Robinson


A.B., American Culture, Vassar College
M.A., Communications, Syracuse University
J.D., Law, Syracuse University
Ph.D., Mass Communications, Louisiana State University


The rapid adoption and morphing of social and other new media presents a challenge to the law, which is not good at adapting to new technologies. Dr. Eric Robinson's research focuses on the impact that social and new media have on the courts, juries, and the legal system. He has also worked on other legal issues involving the media, including legal recognition of a privilege for academics akin to the reporter's privilege and use of public opinion polls as evidence in defamation cases.


Media law is daunting to many students. In teaching media law and ethics, Robinson eases this anxiety by showing how legal and ethical principles apply to students’ work in media, be it journalism, social media, advertising, strategic communications, or political communications. His practical experience as a media law attorney also allows him to discuss “real-world” issues that students may face in their careers. Each legal case is a story, involving real people. By examining these real-life situations, students can learn from the mistakes of others — and not repeat these errors in their professional work.


Robinson, E.P. (2023), An Unreasonable Standard?: The Dilemma of Applying Actual Malice to Irrational Speakers, Communications Law and Policy, 28:3, 218-246, DOI:10.1080/10811680.2023.2216192.

Haun, D.D. & Robinson, E.P. (2022), Do You Agree?: The Psychology and Legalities of Assent to Clickwrap Agreements, [University of] Richmond Journal of Law & Technology, 28:4, 623-656.

Grabowski, M. and Robinson, E. (2021), Cyber Law and Ethics: Regulation of the Connected World. New York: Routledge.

Robinson, E. and Hill, M. (2020), The Trouble with True Threats, University of Baltimore Journal of Media Law & Ethics 8:2, 37-67.

Robinson, E. and Zhu, Y. (2020). Beyond “I Agree”: Users’ Understanding of Web Site Terms of ServiceSocial Media + Society. DOI:10.1177/2056305119897321.

Robinson, E. (2018). Reckless Disregard: St. Amant v. Thompson and the Transformation of Libel Law. Baton Rouge, La.: LSU Press.


Of Counsel, Fenno Law Firm, LLC, Charleston / Mount Pleasant, SC

Media law columnist, South Carolina Press Association.

Member, Newsgathering Committee, Media Law Resource Center.

Faculty Affiliate, University of South Carolina Rule of Law Collective

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