Bryant Walker Smith

Fellow 2023/2025

▌▌▌Professor at the University of South Carolina
▌▌▌Affiliated scholar at the Stanford University

Bryant Walker Smith is an Associate Professor of Law at the University of South Carolina School of Law and at the School of Engineering.

He is also an affiliate scholar at the Center for Internet and Society at Stanford Law School.

Notably, Smith led the legal aspects of the automated driving program at Stanford University, establishing him as one of America’s leading experts in autonomous driving.

Trained as both a lawyer and an engineer, Smith advises cities, states, countries, and the United Nations on emerging transportation technologies.

He co-authored the globally influential levels of driving automation, drafted a model law for automated driving, and taught the first legal course dedicated to automated driving in 2012. He 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 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.

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