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Joseph F. Rice School of Law


Bryant Walker Smith

Title: Associate Professor of Law
Joseph F. Rice School of Law
Phone: 803-777-6880

1525 Senate Street
Columbia, SC 29208





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Bryant Walker Smith


Bryant Walker Smith is an associate professor in the School of Law and (by courtesy) the School of Engineering at the University of South Carolina, as well as an affiliate scholar at the Center for Internet and Society at Stanford Law School.

Trained as a lawyer and an engineer, Smith advises cities, states, countries, and the United Nations on emerging transport technologies. He coauthored the globally influential levels of driving automation, drafted a model law for automated driving, and taught the first legal course dedicated to automated driving [pdf] (in 2012). Smith is currently writing on what it means for a company to be trustworthy. His publications are available at

Before joining the University of South Carolina, Smith led the legal aspects of automated driving program at Stanford University, clerked for the Hon. Evan J. Wallach at the United States Court of International Trade, and worked as a fellow at the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development. He holds both an LL.M. in International Legal Studies and a J.D. (cum laude) from New York University School of Law and a B.S. in Civil Engineering from the University of Wisconsin. Prior to his legal career, Smith worked as a transportation engineer.



  • Products Liability (LAWS 690)
  • Technology Law: Law of the Newly Possible (LAWS 680)
  • Torts (LAWS 529)
  • Transportation Law (LAWS 760)

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