Janine Hiller, professor of business law in the Pamplin College of Business, has received a Fulbright Scholar grant and the Fulbright-Lund Distinguished Chair of International Public Law. She will spend the 2010 fall semester in Sweden, at Lund University’s Raoul Wallenberg Institute of International Human Rights Law.

There, Hiller will participate in undergraduate programs and faculty and graduate-student seminars and pursue a research project comparing Swedish, other European Union, and U.S. approaches to balancing patient privacy and health rights in the area of electronic health record systems.

Hiller’s research interests focus on the legal challenges and the policy, privacy, security, and trust issues posed by electronic communications technologies. She designed and taught one of the first courses in the U.S. on Internet law and policy and co-authored one of the first textbooks on the subject.

She has taught both undergraduate and graduate students at Virginia Tech and students in international settings. She has participated in distance learning and professional development programs at Virginia Tech and abroad.

Hiller is the 2010-11 president of the Academy of Legal Studies in Business (ALSB), the academic association for professors of business law, legal studies, and related fields. The ALSB has more than 1,000 members from universities and colleges in the U.S. and abroad. Hiller is also a member of the ALSB executive committee and a past editor-in-chief of the Journal of Legal Studies Education.

She earned her law degree at the University of Richmond and a bachelor’s degree in history at Virginia Tech.

Hiller is among 1,100 U.S. faculty and professionals who will travel abroad through the Fulbright Program in 2010-11. Fulbright grant recipients are selected on the basis of academic or professional achievement and demonstrated leadership potential in their fields.

The program is the flagship international educational exchange program sponsored by the U.S. government and is designed to increase mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the people of other countries.

The primary source of funding for the program is an annual appropriation made by Congress to the Department of State. Participating governments and host institutions, corporations and foundations in foreign countries and in the U.S. also provide direct and indirect support. The program operates in more than 155 countries.



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