Roy Balleste

Professor of Law and Director of the Dolly & Homer Hand Law Library

B.A., Jacksonville University
J.D., St. Thomas University School of Law
MLIS, University of South Florida
LL.M., Intercultural Human Rights, St. Thomas University School of Law
LL.M., Air and Space Law, McGill University
M.S., Cybersecurity, Norwich University
J.S.D., Intercultural Human Rights (Internet Governance), St Thomas University School of Law

Phone: 727-562-7836
Email: [email protected]
Office: CR-108 (Gulfport)

Cyberlaw and Space Law


Royal C. Gardner


Roy Balleste is Director of the Dolly & Homer Hand Law Library and Professor of Law.

Balleste has over 20 years of experience in management. He has concentrated his scholarship in the areas associated with the evolving regulatory challenges of internet governance, cybersecurity law and policy, cybersecurity in outer space, cyber operations, and cyber conflict. He completed his doctorate degree (J.S.D.) in Intercultural Human Rights (analyzing internet governance policy, including its history, actors, and institutions). Balleste was the 2017 recipient of the Nicolas Mateesco Matte Space Law Prize at McGill University. Professor Balleste is a member of the Academic Technology Committee (ATC) of Stetson University.

Professor Balleste teaches space law and cyberlaw. In November of 2017, Balleste participated at the United Nations High-level Forum on Space as a driver for sustainable socio-economic development. Balleste addressed the connection between cybersecurity and satellite communications. 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 cyber power conference at the Maxwell’s Officer Training School. Professor Balleste is a member of the prestigious International Institute of Space Law (IISL).

From 2006 to 2009, Professor Balleste was head of IT at the University of the District of Columbia David A. Clarke School of Law and library director, where he collaborated with the university’s CIO and CFO. From 2009 to May 2020, Balleste supervised the law library and media department at St. Thomas University School of Law. 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. He also published Law Librarianship in the Twenty-first century in 2013 (Rowman & Littlefield, Second Edition, first edition 2007).

Professor Balleste is a member of Upsilon Pi Epsilon Association (the only National Honor Society for the computing and information disciplines and recognized as such by the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) and IEEE Computer Society). Balleste earned a certificate in cybersecurity (the intersection of policy and technology) from the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University, Executive Education, and a certificate in block chain strategy from the Saïd Business School, University of Oxford.

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