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Roy Balleste
Law Library Director & 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
Phone: (305) 623-2341

Roy Balleste is Professor of Law and Law Library Director at the St. Thomas University School of Law in Miami Gardens, Florida, USA. He completed his doctorate degree (J.S.D.) in Intercultural Human Rights (analyzing internet governance policy, including its history, actors, and institutions). Professor Balleste teaches internet governance law and policy and cybersecurity law and policy. He has concentrated his scholarship and advocacy in the areas associated with the complex and evolving regulatory structure of the Internet, cybersecurity, outer space law, and cybersecurity in outer space.

Professor Balleste is a member of the International Institute of Space Law (IISL), including its Cyberspace Law Working Group. In November of 2017, Professor Roy Balleste participated, by invitation, at the United Nations High-level Forum on Space as a driver for socio-economic sustainable development. Balleste addressed the connection of cybersecurity and satellite communications. In particular, he commented on the perils associated with the utilization of cyberspace as a weapon. Professor Balleste was the only academic from the United States that received an invitation, along with US representatives from NASA and the US Department of State. The High-level Forum was hosted by the UN Office for Outer Space Affairs in conjunction with the United Arab Emirates Space Agency. Balleste also participated in the United Nations Internet Governance Forum (UN IGF) in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil 2007 and Vilnius, Lithuania 2010.

In October of 2012, Balleste participated—at the invitation of the U.S. Air Force Research Institute—in the second cyberpower conference at the Maxwell’s Officer Training School. He collaborated with military and civilian experts to consider the challenges brought about by cyberattacks. The conference, Cyber Power: The Quest Toward a Common Ground, served as the catalysts for discussions on managing responses to cyberattacks.

Balleste is a member of the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers' Noncommercial Users Stakeholder Group (ICANN-NCSG) and the Noncommercial Users Constituency (NCUC) of the Generic Names Supporting Organization (GNSO). He served as a member of ICANN NCUC's Executive Committee as the Representative for North America from December 2013 to December 2015. 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 ICANN GNSO Council with a policy recommendation regarding the use of identifiable information of domain registrants, both existing and future.

Professor Balleste is also member of the Global Internet Governance Academic Network (GigaNet). Balleste served one tour in the US. Navy and one tour in the U.S. Army. In 2015, Roman and Littlefield published two of his books: Internet Governance: Origins, Current Issues, and Future Possibilities, and Cybersecurity: Human Rights in the Age of Cyberveillance (co-edited with Dr. Joanna Kulesza). Most recently, Professor Balleste authored the lead article in the latest issue of the Canadian Journal of Law and Technology, with a piece entitled “War in the Expanse: The Metaphysics of Cyberspace” (June 2017).



  • Roy Balleste, Joanna Kulesza, Cybersecurity: Human Rights in the Age of Cyberveillance, (December 2015, Rowman & Littlefield).
  • Roy Balleste, Internet Governance: Origins, Current Issues, and Future Possibilities, (March 2015, Rowman & Littlefield).
  • Roy Balleste, Sonia Luna-Lamas, and Lisa Smith-Butler, Law Librarianship in the Twenty-First Century, (2nd ed., 2013, Scarecrow Press).
  • Roy Balleste, Sonia Luna-Lamas, and Lisa Smith-Butler, Law Librarianship in the Twenty-First Century (2007, Scarecrow Press).

Book Chapters:

  • Roy Balleste, A Hypothetical Case Study: Creating AI Assistants in the Law Library, 26 Legal Ref. Serv. Q. 47 (2007), Reprinted in Public Services in Law Libraries: Evolution and Innovation in the 21st Century (Barbara Bintliff & Lee F. Peoples, eds., Haworth Information Press, 2007).


  • Roy Balleste, Humaid Alshamsi, and Michelle L.D. Hanlon, Space Station Asgardia 2117: From Theoretical Science to a New Nation in Outer Space, 16 Santa Clara J. Int'l L. 37 (2018).
  • Roy Balleste, Worlds Apart: The Legal Challenge of Suborbital Flights in Outer Space, 49 N.Y.U. Int'l L. & Pol.1033 (Summer 2017).
  • Roy Balleste and Michelle L.D. Hanlon, Preserving Apollo's Lunar Legacy, 12 Room: The Space Journal 90, Aerospace International Research Center GMBH (Summer 2017).
  • Roy Balleste, War in the Expanse: The Metaphysics of Cyberspace, 15 Canadian J. of L. & Technolgy 1 (June/July 2017).
  • Roy Balleste, Interstellar Travel and the Mission for Outer Space: A Human Rights Perspective, 18 SMU Sci. & Tech. L. Rev. 219 (Fall 2015).
  • Roy Balleste & Joanna Kulesza, Signs and Portents in Cyberspace: The Rise of Jus Internet as a New Order in International Law, 23 Fordham Intell. Prop. Media & Ent. L.J. 1311 (2013). HeinOnline
  • Roy Balleste, Rising Toward Apotheosis: The Deconstruction of the WSIS Tunis Agenda for the Information Society, 12 Pitt. J. Tech. L. & Pol'y 153 (2012). HeinOnline
  • Roy Balleste, Persuasions and Exhortations: Acknowledging Internet Governance and Human Dignity for All, 38 Syracuse J. Int'l L. & Com. 227 (2011). HeinOnline
  • Roy Balleste, The Earth Alliance Constitution: International Human Rights Law and Babylon 5, 10 Fla. Coastal L. Rev. 33 (2008). HeinOnline
  • Roy Balleste, The Internet Governance Forum & Technology: A Matter of Human Development, 7 Loy. L. & Tech. Ann. 37 (2007). HeinOnline
  • Roy Balleste, The International Status of Jerusalem: The Legacy of Lasting Peace, 43 Rev. Der. P.R. 249 (2004). HeinOnline

Additional Publications:

Courses Taught

Internet Governance Law and Policy

Cybersecurity Law and Policy