About me

Elizabeth M. Renieris (@hackylawyER) is the founder of the hackylawyER consultancy focused on law and policy engineering. Her core areas of expertise include cross-border data protection and privacy (CIPP/E, CIPP/US), digital identity, blockchain and distributed ledger technologies, and artificial intelligence and machine learning systems. Elizabeth is also a fellow at the Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University, where she works on designing new and improved data governance models that are human-centric and privacy-preserving, with a specific emphasis on enhancing individual and collective rights and well-being. 


An entrepreneurial attorney, policy advisor, and strategic consultant who is passionate about the impact of emerging technologies on privacy, identity, civil society, and collective consciousness, Elizabeth frequently advises on the same. Having a deep interest in, and understanding of, advanced technologies allows her to act as a kind of “legal engineer” who can work in parallel with technical teams to design and build products and services focused on promoting key compliance and policy objectives. She also has a unique ability to translate complex technical concepts in a way that is accessible to lawyers, policymakers, and other non-technical audiences. 


As the former in-house policy counsel at a leading digital identity startup, Elizabeth advised senior leadership on foreign and domestic law and policy challenges related to digital identity, blockchain and distributed ledger technology, governance frameworks, and cross-border data protection and privacy matters. In prior roles, Elizabeth served as a principal at a DC-based boutique blockchain practice and as as general counsel at a blockchain-based digital identity startup in San Francisco. She has counseled global technology companies and startups alike on all aspects of privacy and data protection laws, technology transactions, and regulatory compliance as an attorney with two major international law firms in both the U.S. and the U.K. 


Elizabeth serves as an advisor to the MIT Connection Science Department's Computational Law Report, as a board member of IDPro.org, as a technical advisor to ID2020.org, and as a privacy advisor to trade finance startup IOUze. Elizabeth is also actively involved in a number of blockchain-related academic initiatives and interest groups, including through participation in the European Commission’s "EU Blockchain Observatory" and collaboration with the German Blockchain Association's Bundesblock, Stanford Law School's CodeX project, and various Legal Hackers chapters. She is also a frequent public speaker


Elizabeth holds an A.B. from Harvard College, graduated on the Dean’s List from Vanderbilt University Law School, and obtained an LLM from the London School of Economics, where she earned distinction for her dissertation on media and the law.

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