Jeffrey Omari

Title: Assistant Professor of Law
Office Location: Swen Parson (office TBA)
Office Phone: 815-753-1068

B.A., Morehouse College
J.D., University of Illinois College of Law
Ph.D., University of California, Santa Cruz

Jeffrey Omari joined the NIU Law faculty in 2020. He teaches in the areas of constitutional law, privacy law, business associations and torts. He joins NIU Law with a rich interdisciplinary background; his research sits at the intersection of law, technology, and social science. His current work examines internet governance through the lens of Brazil’s cyber law, the Marco Civil da Internet (MCI). Through its promotion of internet access as a civil right, protection of net neutrality, and its call for openness in the online realm, the MCI seeks to foster democratic internet governance in Brazil. Professor Omari spent 18 months in that country conducting ethnographic fieldwork in two contrasting locations: the favelas (informal, low-income communities) of Rio de Janeiro and in Brazil’s top law school, Fundação Getúlio Vargas Direito.

Professor Omari was formerly the Visiting Assistant Professor in the Center for Civil and Human Rights at Gonzaga University School of Law. He was also formerly a Law and Social Science Doctoral Fellow at the American Bar Foundation. Before pursuing his Ph.D., he practiced entertainment law in Atlanta and Los Angeles. Professor Omari has published articles in the areas of internet governance and music law. He holds a Ph.D. in Anthropology from the University of California, Santa Cruz, a Juris Doctor from the University of Illinois College of Law and a Bachelor of Arts from Morehouse College.  



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  • Digital Access Amongst the Marginalized: Democracy and Internet Governance in Rio de Janeiro, 41 PoLAR: Political and Legal Anthropology Review 277 (2018).
  • Copyright: From Historical Roots to Regulating the Contemporary Complexities of Human Creativity, PoLAR: Political and Legal Anthropology Review, (reviewing Peter Baldwin, Copyright Wars: Three Centuries of Transatlantic Battle (2016) and Ute Röschenthaler and Mamadou Diawara (eds.), Copyright Africa: How Intellectual Property, Media and Markets Transform Immaterial Cultural Goods (2016)).
  • Mix and Mash: The Digital Sampling of Music has Stretched the Meaning of the Fair Use Defense, Los Angeles Lawyer, September 2010, at 35.