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Lee Tiedrich

Distinguished Faculty Fellow in Ethical Technology - Duke University Science & Society

AI Wonk contributor

Lee Tiedrich is a widely recognised leader in artificial intelligence, data, and emerging technologies.  She is a member of both the OECD and Global Partnership on AI (GPAI) AI expert groups and co-chairs both the GPAI Responsible AI Strategy for the Environment (RAISE) committee and the GPAI Intellectual Property Advisory Committee.

With a degree in electrical engineering and over 30 years of legal experience, Lee has a long career helping organisations navigate uncertainty to achieve their objectives.  She was a partner at the global law firm Covington & Burling LLP, where she led the firm’s global and multi-disciplinary AI Initiative and counselled organisations on a broad range of data and technology matters, including digital transformation, AI and data governance, policy, intellectual property, regulatory, transactions and other corporate matters.  She holds three appointments at Duke University, including Distinguished Faculty Fellow in Law and Responsible Technology, Executive in Residence, and Responsible Technology Scholar in AI Health.

Lee speaks frequently to government leaders and at leading institutions, such as the Council on Foreign Relations, the Federal Judicial Center, the National Judicial College, the OECD, COP-27, GPAI, WIPO, and at leading universities. She has held leadership positions with the American Bar Association and has served as a peer reviewer for Oxford University Press.  She will be co-chairing a special track addressing the global perspectives on the governance of data sets used for AI at the upcoming Data for Policy 2024 Conference, co-hosted by the Imperial College of London, Cambridge University Press, and others.

Lee is a co-author of the forthcoming casebook, The Law of Artificial Intelligence (West Academic 2024) and has several other publications.   She is a member of the CEIMIA Board of Directors. She served on the Biden Campaign Policy Committee and is registered to practice before the US Patent and Trademark Office.  She graduated from the University of Pennsylvania Law School and earned a B.S.E. in electrical engineering from Duke University, with  both Phi Beta Kappa and Tau Beta Pi honors.  Prior to joining the Duke faculty, she chaired the Strategy Committee of the Duke Engineering School Board of Visitors and was an adjunct faculty member at the University of Pennsylvania Law School.

Featured publications:

  1. AI legal cases are increasing. How can we prepare? (
  2. A roadmap for an AI learning campaign (
  3. When AI generates work, standard contractual terms can help generate value and clarity (
  4. Can AI help save the planet? (
  5. Intellectual-property-expert-preliminary-report-on-data-and-AI-model-licensing.pdf (
  6. Biodiversity-and-AI-opportunities-recommendations-for-action.pdf (
  7. Data and emerging technology: The new ethics and compliance frontier | COSMOS Compliance Universe (
  8. Recent Developments in Artificial Intelligence Law and Policy | The Regulatory Review (
  9. FTC-provides-guidance-on-use-of-ai-and-algorithms.pdf (
  10. 10-steps-to-creating-trustworthy-ai-applications.pdf (
  11. 10-best-practices-for-artificial-intelligence-related-intellectual-property.pdf (
  12. 10 Best Practices For Due Diligence In AI Transactions – Law360
  13. “The National Information Infrastructure Initiative and the Emergence o” by Jonathan D. Blake and Lee J. Tiedrich (
  14. Lee Tiedrich: From Covington & Burling to Duke University | AI Magazine
  15. Lee Tiedrich on the importance of regulations for AI policy | AI Magazine
  16. AI+and+Human+Rights_Building+a+Tech+Future+Aligned+With+the+Public+Interest +(4).pdf ( (featured on pp. 147-150)
  17. The Communications Act: A Legislative History of the Major Amendments, 1934-1996 – Google Books
  18. Competitive Bidding and Personal Communications Services: A New Paradigm for FCC Licensing (


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