Glen O. Robinson

  • David and Mary Harrison Distinguished Professor of Law Emeritus

Glen Robinson joined the Law School faculty in 1976 after serving as Commissioner of the Federal Communications Commission from 1974-1976. He began his teaching career at the University of Minnesota in 1967 and taught there until his appointment to the FCC. He practiced law with the Washington, D.C., firm Covington & Burling from 1961 to 1967. He is an honors graduate of Stanford Law School and Harvard University.

Robinson has served as a consultant to the U.S. State Department on communications matters, and in 1979 was Ambassador and U.S. Representative to the World Administrative Radio Conference in Geneva.

Robinson has taught and written extensively in a number of fields, including administrative law, antitrust, communications, property and torts. He currently teaches antitrust, Internet law, communications law and property; his research interests are in the fields of antitrust, communications and cyberlaw.

Scholarship Profile: Questioning Conventional Wisdom Wherever He Finds It (Virginia Journal 2007)


  • J.D.
    Stanford Law School
  • A.B.
    Harvard University


The Administrative Process with 1995 Supp. (with E. Gellhorn and H. Bruff) (West, 4th ed. 1993; 3d ed. 1974; 2d ed. 1979; 1st ed. 1986).

American Bureaucracy: Public Choice and Public Law (University of Michigan Press, 1991).

Communications for Tomorrow: Policy Perspectives for the 1980s (with other contributors) (Praeger, 1978).

The Forest Service: A Study in Public Land Management (John Hopkins Press, for Resources for the Future, 1975).

Communications Law (processed course materials, updated annually).

Book Chapters:

"Hearings Required by Due Process," in A Guide to Federal Agency Adjudication (ABA, 2002).

"Risk, Causation and Harm," in R.G. Frey & C. W. Morris, eds., Liability: Law and Philosophy (Cambridge University Press, 1991).

"Regulatory and Institutional Change in Telecommunications," in Barry Cole, ed., Divestiture After Five Years (Columbia University Press, 1990).

"Evolving Conceptions of Liberty and Property in Due Process," in Ellen Frankel Paul, ed., Economic Liberties and the Constitution (SUNY Press, 1989).

"Origins of Federal Communications Regulation," in M. Paglin, ed., Legislative History of the Communications Act (Oxford University Press, 1989).

"Perspectives on Medical Malpractice," in J. Hammer & B. Jennings, eds., Medical Malpractice—Tort Reform (Norfleet Forum, University of Tenn., 1987).


“Eliminating Racial Preferences in College Admissions” (with Dennis L. Weisman), Economist’s Voice, June 2012.

"Regulating Communications: Stories from the First Hundred Years," 13 Green Bag 2d 303 (2010).

"Personal Property Servitudes," 71 U. Chic. L. Rev. 1449 (2004).

"On Refusing to Deal with Rivals," 87 Cornell L. Rev. 1177 (2002).

"Regulating the Internet," (1999).

"The Electronic First Amendment: An Essay for the New Age," 47 Duke L. J. 899 (1998).

"Spectrum Property Law 101," 41 J. L. & Econ. (October 1998).

"Communities," 83 Va. L. Rev. 269 (1997).

"The New Video Competition: Dances with Regulators," 97 Colum. L. Rev. 201 (1997).

"The Telecommunications Act of 1996: A Second Opinion," 29 Conn. L. Rev. 289 (1996).

"Explaining Vertical Agreements: The Colgate Puzzle and Antitrust Method," 80 Va. L. Rev. 577 (1994).

"Collective Justice in Tort Law" (with Kenneth S. Abraham), 78 Va. L. Rev. 1481 (1992).

"Explaining Contingent Rights: The Puzzle of Obsolete Covenants," 91 Colum. L. Rev. 546 (1991).

"Aggregative Valuation of Mass Torts Claims" (with Kenneth S. Abraham), 53 Law & Contemp. Probs. 137 (1990).

Commentary on "Administrative Arrangements and the Political Control of Agencies: Political Uses of Structure and Process," 75 Va. L. Rev. 483 (1989).

"Independent Agencies: Form and Substance in Executive Prerogative," Duke L. J. 215 (1988).

"Public Choice Perspectives on the Item Veto," 74 Va. L. Rev. 403 (1988).

"The Medical Malpractice Crisis: A Retrospective," 49 Law & Contemp. Probs. 173 (1986).

"Rethinking Allocation of Medical Malpractice Risks Between Patients and Providers," 49 Law & Contemp. Probs. 5 (1986).

"Probabilistic Causation and Compensation for Tortious Risk," 14 J. Legal Stud. 779 (1985).

"Access to Government Information: The American Experience," 14 Fed. L. Rev. 35 (1984).

"Cable Television and the First Amendment," 6 Comm. and the Law 47 (1984).

"Comment on Consumer Sovereignty and National Sovereignty," in Cultures in Collision (1984).

"The FCC in the Year 2000," 37 Fed. Comm. L. J. 501 (1984).

"The Sherman Act as a Home Rule Charter: Community Communications Inc. v. City of Boulder," 2 Supr. Ct. Econ. Rev. (1984).

"The Role of Economic Analysis In Legal Education" (with E. Gellhorn) 33 J. Legal Educ. 247 (1983).

"A Theory of Legislative Delegation" (with P. Aranson & E. Gellhorn), 69 Cornell L. Rev. 501 (1983).

"Multiple Causation in Tort Law: Reflections on the DES Cases," 68 Va. L. Rev. 713 (1982).

"Rulemaking 'Due Process': An Inconclusive Dialogue" (with E. Gellhorn), 48 U. Chi. L. Rev. 201 (1981).

"The Federal Communications Commission: An Essay on Regulatory Watchdogs," 69 Va. L. Rev. 169 (1978).

"The New Communications: Planning for Abundance," 53 Va. Q. Rev. 377 (1977).

"Perspectives on Administrative Law" (with E. Gellhorn), 75 Colum. L. Rev. 771 (1975).

"Wilderness: The Last Frontier," 59 Minn. L. Rev. 1 (1975).

"The Administrative Conference and Administrative Law Scholarship," 26 Admin. L. Rev. 269 (1974).

"On Reorganizing the Independent Regulatory Agencies," 57 Va. L. Rev. 947 (1971).

"The Making of Administrative Policy: Another Look at Rulemaking and Adjudication and Administrative Procedure Reform," 118 U. Pa. L. Rev. 485 (1970).

"Radio Spectrum Regulation: The Administrative Process and the Problems of Institutional Reform," 53 Minn. L. Rev. 1179 (1969).

"The FCC and the First Amendment: Observations on 40 Years of Radio and Television Regulation," 52 Minn. L. Rev. 67 (1967).

Book Reviews:

"Reed Hunt: Revolutionary Manqué" (reviewing Hundt, You Say You Want a Revolution), 4 Green Bag 2d 197 (2001).

"The Titanic Remembered: AT&T and the Changing World of Telecommunications," 5 Yale J. on Reg'n. 517 (1988) (book review).

Review, 2 Const. Comment. 350 (1984).

"Stalking the Washington Bureaucrat," Review, 69 Cornell L. Rev. (1983).

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