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Roy Balleste

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Roy Balleste is Professor of Law and Law Library Director, St. Thomas University School of Law, Miami Gardens, Florida, USA. He completed his doctorate degree (J.S.D.) in Intercultural Human Rights (analyzing internet governance policy, including its history, actors, and institutions). Professor Balleste teaches internet governance policy and cybersecurity policy. He has concentrated his scholarship and advocacy in the areas associated with the evolving regulatory challenges of cyberspace policy, cybersecurity policy, outer space policy, and human rights, including proposed legislation.


Dr. Balleste is a member of the International Institute of Space Law (IISL), including its Cyberspace Law Working Group.  In November 2007, he participated in the UN Internet Governance Forum (UN IGF) in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil and the UN IGF in Vilnius, Lithuania 2010. On October of 2012 Balleste participated—at the invitation of the U.S. Air Force Research Institute—in the second cyberpower conference at the Maxwell’s Officer Training School.  He collaborated with military and civilian experts to consider the challenges brought about by cyberattacks. The conference, Cyber Power: The Quest Toward a Common Ground, served as the catalysts for discussions on managing responses to cyberattacks.


Dr. Balleste is also a member of the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers’ Noncommercial Users Stakeholder Group (ICANN-NCSG) and the Noncommercial Users Constituency (NCUC) of the Generic Names Supporting Organization (GNSO). He served as a member of ICANN NCUC’s Executive Committee as the Representative for North America from December 2013 to December 2015. Balleste was a member of the ‘Thick’ Whois Policy Development Process Working Group (November 2012- November 2013). The Policy Development Process (PDP) Working Group (WG) was chartered to provide the ICANN GNSO Council with a policy recommendation regarding the use of identifiable information of domain registrants, both existing and future.


Dr. Balleste is a member of the Global Internet Governance Academic Network (GigaNet). Balleste served one tour in the U.S. Navy and one tour in the U.S. Army. In 2015, Roman and Littlefield published two of his books: Internet Governance: Origins, Current Issues, and Future Possibilities, and Cybersecurity: Human Rights in the Age of Cyberveillance (co-edited with Dr. Joanna Kulesza).  Most recently, Dr. Balleste authored the lead article in the latest issue of the Canadian Journal of Law and Technology, with a piece entitled “War in the Expanse: The Metaphysics of Cyberspace,” 15 C.J.L.T. 1-192 (June 2017).