Law Library Director and Professor of Law
B.A., Jacksonville University
J.D., St. Thomas University School of Law
M.L.S., University of South Florida
LL.M., St. Thomas University School of Law, cum laude
J.S.D., Intercultural Human Rights, St. Thomas University School of Law, cum laude
Roy Balleste is Law Library Director and Professor of Law at St. Thomas University, in Miami Gardens, Florida. He completed his doctorate degree (J.S.D.) in Intercultural Human Rights (analyzing internet governance, including its history, actors, institutions and human rights considerations). Professor Balleste teaches internet governance, cybersecurity and international legal research.
Professor Balleste has concentrated his scholarship in the areas of internet governance, human rights and the relationship between information, technology, and people. In November 2007, he participated in the Second UN Internet Governance Forum in Rio de Janeiro. He also participated in the Fifth UN Internet Governance Forum in Vilnius, Lithuania, September 2010. Before attending the meeting in Vilnius, Professor Balleste submitted a comment supporting the continuation of the IGF beyond its original five-year mandate. Professor Balleste is a member of the Global Internet Governance Academic Network (GigaNet) where he served as secretary of the Steering Committee from December 2010 to December 2012.
Professor Balleste is a participant of the activities of the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN). He is a member of ICANN's Noncommercial Users Stakeholder Group (NCSG) and the Noncommercial Users Constituency (NCUC) of the Generic Names Supporting Organization (GNSO). Balleste is a member of the NCUC’s Executive Committee as the Representative for North America. His primary focus is on GNSO issues that deal with the protection of the user. 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 Council of the Generic Names Supporting Organization with a policy recommendation regarding the use of identifiable information of domain registrants, both existing and future. He is now a member of the Thick Whois Implementation Recommendation Team (IRT).
Professor Balleste served one tour in the US. Navy and one tour in the U.S. Army. He is a life member of the Disabled American Veterans. Scarecrow Press published in 2007 his book, Law Librarianship in the Twenty-First Century, which he co-edited. The book’s second edition was published in 2013.