The Haifa Center for Law and Technology (HCLT) is a renowned interdisciplinary research institute. It is the first and the only center in Israel dedicated to the study of the interconnection between law and technology. The HCLT is based at the Faculty of Law, University of Haifa on the northern coast of Israel. The main goal of the center is to promote research activities in the fields of Law and Technology and Intellectual Property. The HCLT further seeks to promote dialogue between academics, innovators, policymakers and businesses, in order to establish the scientific foundation for legislation to address new technologies.
The center conducts workshops and conferences, and promotes research activities by faculty and students, judges, lawyers, jurists, decision makers and the general public. With four full time faculty members, international visiting professors and a number of adjunct faculty HCLT offers a wide range of courses and seminars in Intellectual Property and Information Law at graduate and post graduate level. Graduate programs include a unique LL.M program in Law and Technology and a Master's Degree program in Patent Law (intended for scientists and engineers) in collaboration with the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) Worldwide Academy.
The HCLT benefits from collaboration with two major centers for the study of the information environment located at the University of Haifa: The Institute for Interdisciplinary Applications of Computer Science and the Center for Internet Research. The Center has established a world-wide reputation in its field and enjoys a wide network of international collaborators. The HCLT facilitates Creative Commons Israel.