Teaching Interests

Crootof's primary teaching interests are torts, international law, and technology law. Her secondary teaching interests include products liability, contracts, evidence, the law of armed conflict, and international human rights law.

In addition to the courses listed below, Crootof has also taught one year of ninth-grade English at Lakeside School in Seattle; created and led bi-monthly training sessions for real estate professionals on fair housing law and best practices; and guest lectured in law school courses taught by Jack Balkin, Lea Brilmayer, Andrew Chin, and W. Micahel Reisman. She has work experience in disability rights law and fair housing law. 

Law School Courses

Technology Law

Yale Law School, Spring 2017, co-taught with BJ Ard & Jack Balkin

This course prepares students for careers in Tech Law. Legislators, lobbyists, in-house counsel, administrators, litigators, and judges all face certain recurring issues stemming from the interaction of law and new technology. This course teases out fundamental concepts and perspectives on how to approach these problems and identifies the strengths and weaknesses of competing responses. 

In the process, we consider the interplay of law, technological design, norms, and the market as modalities of regulation; competing strategies for updating the law through courts, legislatures, administrative agencies, and international institutions; efforts by incumbent and newcomer industries to use the law to promote their preferred business models; and the legal implications of other political, economic, and social impacts associated with legally disruptive technologies. 

Law and Disruptive Technology

Yale Law School, Spring 2016, co-taught with BJ Ard & Jack Balkin

This research seminar studies the interplay of law and technological change at the domestic and international level, with a focus on the nature of technological disruption and the regulatory challenges posed by new technologies. Case studies will include autonomous weapon systems, home audio/video copying, driverless cars, cyberwarfare, railroads, social media, “Big Data” analytics, and 3-D printing.

International Law and Foreign Relations Lawyering

Yale Law School, Fall 2015, co-taught with Oona Hathaway

This course - offered annually since 2009 - provides students an opportunity to study, research, and participate in current legal debates. Students work on research topics selected from among those presented by U.S. congressional staff, executive branch lawyers, or nonprofit groups working on issues relating to international law, national security law, or foreign relations law. The seminar has also submitted amicus briefs to the D.C. Circuit and U.S. Supreme Court.

Students work both individually and in small groups to write reports on selected topics and, as appropriate, produce recommendations for reform. Students also have an opportunity to meet with attorneys and policymakers who are directly involved in the legal debates on which the class is working.

New Technology and the Law of War

Yale Law School, Spring 2015, Reading Group

New, high-tech weapons are celebrated for their ability to limit troop and civilian casualties, vilified for making war easier, and constantly compared favorably and unfavorably with human beings. They also raise a host of new legal questions, such as when a cyber-attack justifies commencing a war, or who should be held accountable for a war crime committed by a robot. In this reading group, we will discuss these and other novel legal, policy, and ethical issues presented by emerging weapons technologies.