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Mark F. Kightlinger


H. Wendell Cherry Associate Professor of Law

Room 247 College of Law

(859) 257-4698


Mark F. Kightlinger, H. Wendell Cherry Associate Professor of Law, joined the College of Law faculty in 2004. Prior to this, Professor Kightlinger was a partner resident in the Covington & Burling law firm's Washington DC office. He was active in the firm's food law practice, with a particular focus on the impact of new federal bioterrorism legislation. From 1996 through 2001, he was based in the firm's Brussels office, where he developed a legislative and regulatory practice advising leading technology companies on European Union laws and policies affecting the Internet, electronic commerce, online advertising, and data privacy. He also worked on a range of international trade issues, with a primary focus on the WTO's approach to information technology and the Internet. In addition, he assisted Immigration Equality (formerly known as the Lesbian and Gay Immigration Rights Task Force) on a pro bono basis in their efforts to improve the treatment of bi-national same-sex couples under the U.S. Immigration and Nationality Act. Professor Kightlinger’s scholarship focuses on Internet law and privacy issues. 

Professor Kightlinger received a B.A., summa cum laude, from Williams College in 1981. He received a B.A. from Cambridge University in 1983, and an M.A. in 1995. He received his J.D. from Yale Law School in 1988, and a Ph.D. in Philosophy from Yale University in 1991.


  • B.A., summa cum laude, Williams College (1981)
  • B.A., Cambridge University (1983)
  • J.D., Yale Law School (1988)
  • Ph.D., Philosophy, Yale University (1991)
  • M.A., Cambridge University (1995)


  • Law and Philosophy
  • International Law
  • Administrative Law
  • Internet Law

Scholarly Articles

Scholarship is available for download at Mark F. Kightlinger's SelectedWorks page.

  • Mark F. Kightlinger, Two and a Half Ethical Theories: Re-Examining the Foundations of the Carnegie Report, 39 Ohio N.U. L. Rev. 113 (2012).

  • Mark F. Kightlinger, Nihilism with a Happy Ending? The Interstate Commerce Commission and the Emergence of the Post-Enlightenment Paradigm, 113 Penn St. L. Rev. 113 (2008).

  • Mark F. Kightlinger, Twilight of the Idols? EU Internet Privacy and the Post Enlightenment Paradigm, 14 Colum. J. Eur. L. 1 (2007).

  • Mark F. Kightlinger, The Gathering Twilight? Information Privacy on the Internet in the Post-Enlightenment Era, 24 J. Marshall J. Computer & Info. L. 353 (2006).

  • Mark F. Kightlinger, A Solution to the Yahoo! Problem? The EC E-Commerce Directive as a Model for International Cooperation on Internet Choice of Law, 24 Mich. J. Int'l L. 719 (2003).