ISHTIP Workshop 2010 – participants

Notes on the Participants of the 2010 ISHTIP workshop.

Sara Bannerman is a SSHRC postdoctoral fellow with the Centre for Governance of Knowledge and Development, a part of the Regulatory Institutions Network (RegNet) at the Australian National University in Canberra. She has written a history of Canadian international copyright (UBC Press, forthcoming) and is currently working on a comparative history of international copyright focused on middle powers.

Lionel Bently is the Herchel Smith Professor of Intellectual Property Law, and Director of the Centre of Intellectual Property and Information Law at the University of Cambridge. He is particularly interested in the history of intellectual property law in Great Britain and its then colonies during the 18th and 19th centuries. He was, with Martin Kretschmer, responsible for organising the AHRC-funded web resource, Primary Sources on Copyright ( He is co-author, with Brad Sherman, of The Making of Modern Intellectual Property Law: The British Experience, 1760-1911 (Cambridge, 1999). Other recent research projects have examined the history of trademarks in the UK between 1850 and 1900, Anglo-Indian Copyright relations 1840-1912, and 18th century publishing contracts in England. He is a founding director of ISHTIP.

Maurizio Borghi, is Lecturer in Intellectual Property Law at Brunel University, West London. Prior to joining Brunel he has been a post-doctoral research fellow at Bocconi University and a visiting scholar at the Center for the Study of Law and Society of the University of California, Berkeley. His research activity focuses primarily on digital copyright, as well as on theoretical and historical aspects of intellectual property law. He has authored a monograph on the genealogy of copyright in Italy as well as articles and book chapters on the topics of philosophy, copyright law and new media. He is one of the founding directors of ISHTIP.

Oren Bracha is Professor of Law at the University of Texas School of Law. He received his LL.B. from the Tel-Aviv University Faculty of Law in 1998 and his S.J.D. from Harvard Law School in 2005. Bracha is a legal historian and an intellectual property law scholar. He has published articles on the history of intellectual property, copyright law, and internet law. His forthcoming book Owning Ideas is an intellectual history of American intellectual property law in the nineteenth century. Bracha was a law clerk for Chief Justice Aharon Barak of the Supreme Court of Israel. During his time at Harvard Law School he worked on various projects for the Berkman Center for Internet and Society. His fields of interest and scholarship include intellectual property, cyberlaw, legal history, and legal theory.

Rosemary J. Coombe is Tier One Canada Research Chair in Law, Communication, and Culture at York University in Toronto. She received her doctorate at Stanford University in 1992, where she was trained in anthropology and in law. She teaches in the Communication and Culture graduate program. Her award-winning book The Cultural Life of Intellectual Properties was published in 1998 and reprinted in 2008. Her current research focuses on the global proliferation of cultural claims under conditions shaped by informational capital and the intersections of neoliberalism, indigeneity, and human rights. A complete list of her publications may be found at

Ronan Deazley is Professor of Law at the University of Glasgow. He is the author of On the Origin of the Right to Copy: Charting the Movement of Copyright in Eighteenth Century Britain, 1695-1775 (Hart Publishing, 2004) and Rethinking Copyright: History, Theory, Language (Edward Elgar, 2006 and 2008).

Peter Decherney is Associate Professor of Cinema Studies at the University of Pennsylvania. He is the author of Hollywood and the Culture Elite: How the Movies Became American (Columbia UP, 2005) and many articles on the Hollywood film industry, the history of media regulation, and fair use and academia. He has recently completed a new book on the history and future of Hollywood and copyright law. Among other awards, he was named a 2009 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Film Scholar and a 2010-2011 American Council of Learned Societies Fellow.

Abraham Drassinower is Associate Professor and Chair in the Legal, Ethical and Cultural Implications of Technological Innovation at the University of Toronto Faculty of Law. He joined the Faculty of Law in 1999 and served as Director of the Centre for Innovation Law and Policy from 2006 to 2009.  His interests include property, intellectual property, legal and political philosophy, critical theory, and psychoanalysis. He has published in the areas of charitable trusts, unjust enrichment, intellectual property, and psychoanalysis and political theory.  His current work is focused on developing a rights-based account of the public domain in copyright law.

Christophe Geiger is Associate Professor, Director General and Director of the research department of the Centre for International Intellectual Property Studies (CEIPI) at the University of Strasbourg (France). He is also associated senior researcher at the Max Planck Institute for Intellectual Property, Competition and Tax Law in Munich (Germany), where he was until 2008 in charge of the Department “France and French-Speaking African countries”. He specializes in national, European, international and comparative copyright and intellectual property law and takes part in national and international conferences. He has published numerous articles on copyright and intellectual property law.

Johanna Gibson is Herchel Smith Professor of Intellectual Property Law and Director of the Queen Mary Intellectual Property Research Institute in the Centre for Commercial Law Studies at the Queen Mary University of London. Her books include Community Resources: Intellectual Property, International Trade and Protection of Traditional Knowledge (Ashgate 2005), Creating Selves: Intellectual Property and the Narration of Culture (Ashgate 2006), and Intellectual Property, Medicine and Health: Current Debates (Ashgate 2009).

Wendy J. Gordon is the Philips S. Beck Professor of Law at Boston University Law School. Her work focuses on the ethical and economic analysis of the various legal regimes regulating information and expression. A former Visiting Senior Research Fellow at Oxford and Fulbright Scholar, she has twice served as Chair of the Section on Intellectual Property for the Association of American Law Schools. Her more than three dozen articles include “Render Copyright Unto Caesar” (University of Chicago Law Review),  “Fair Use as Market Failure” (Columbia Law Review), “On Owning Information” (Virginia Law Review), “A Property Right in Self-Expression” (Yale Law Journal), “An Inquiry into the Merits of Copyright” (Stanford Law Review), and the chapter “Intellectual Property Law” in the Oxford Handbook on Legal Studies.

Debora Halbert is Associate Professor of Political Science at the University of Hawaii at Manoa where she teaches public policy, law and society and futures studies. She is the author of Intellectual Property in the Information Age: The Politics of Expanding Ownership Rights and Resisting Intellectual Property, along with numerous articles on issues related to intellectual property. She is currently working on a third book focusing on the politics of copyright and creativity. Email:

Peter Jaszi directs the Glushko-Samuelson Intellectual Property Law Clinic at the American University School of Law. He is a coauthor of Copyright Law (Lexis, 8th ed., 2010) and a coeditor (with Martha Woodmansee) of The Construction of Authorship (Duke University Press, 1994). In 2004, he helped organize the Digital Future Coalition, and in 2007 he received the American Library Association’s L. Ray Patterson Copyright Award. Since 2005 he has been working with Patricia Aufderheide to promote understanding of fair use by creative communities. In 2006–2007 he led a research team funded by the Ford Foundation on the connections between intellectual property law and the traditional arts in Indonesia.

Adrian Johns is Professor of History and Chair of the Committee on Conceptual and Historical Studies of Science at the University of Chicago. He is the author of Piracy: The Intellectual Property Wars from Gutenberg to Gates (University of Chicago Press, 2009), The Nature of the Book: Print and Knowledge in the Making (University of Chicago Press, 1998), and Death of a Pirate: British Radio and the Origins of the Information Age (W. W. Norton, 2010). He has written widely on the histories of intellectual property, science, reading, and the book.

Stavroula Karapapa is a Lecturer at Brunel University, West London. She is a law graduate of the University of Athens and holds LL.M. and Ph.D. degrees in Intellectual Property Law from Brunel University. Her research interests mainly focus on digital copyright, and in particular on the intersection of copyright law with technological change. Through her doctoral thesis, she determines the scope of legitimate private copying in the digital world.

Jeongoh Kim is a Lecturer in British literature at Vanderbilt University where he recently completed his Ph.D. He is interested in the relationship between landed property and copyright as a critical convergence of the turnpike law and literary history, and anticipates expanding his research to include the geographical practices of literary property, circulation, and ownership more generally. He is working on a book provisionally titled Cultural Geographies of Literary Imagination: Place, Identity, and Authorship in 18th and 19th Century England.

David Lametti is an Associate Professor of Law, McGill University, a member of the Institute of Comparative Law, and of the Centre for Intellectual Property Policy (CIPP). He teaches and writes in the areas of Civil and Common law property, intellectual property and legal theory. His work to date has attempted to understand the parameters of traditional and intellectual resources in analytic terms, linking them to their underlying justifications and ethical goals. His most recent representative publications are “The Concept of Property: Relations through Objects of Social Wealth” (in the University of Toronto Law Journal), and “Coming to Terms with Copyright” (in a collection published by Irwin Law).

Orly Lobel is the Herzog Endowed Scholar and Professor of Law at the University of San Diego. She writes and teaches in the areas of employment law, IP, trade secrets, regulation, and behavioral and organizational theory. She is currently working on a book on innovation and employment intellectual property, Innovation’s Edge: Human Capital and Intellectual Property Law at Work (under contract with Yale UP). She is a co-editor of the Encyclopedia of Labor and Employment Law and Economics (Elgar 2009) and a 2010-2011 Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Fellow, researching risk perceptions, judgment and decision-making.

Doris Estelle Long is Professor of Law and Chair of the IP, IT and Privacy Group at The John Marshall Law School, Chicago. She has lectured in 31 countries on five continents and served as a consultant on IPR issues for diverse US and foreign government agencies, including as attorney advisor in the Office of Legislative and International Affairs of the USPTO. She was a Fulbright Professor in Shanghai and is the author of numerous books and articles in the area of intellectual property law.  Before joining the faculty, Professor Long was an attorney with the Washington, D.C. law firms of Arent Fox Kintner Plotkin & Kahn, and Howrey and Simon.

Luca Molà is Associate Professor of History and Director of the Centre for the History of Innovation and Creativity at the University of Warwick. His research interests focus on the history of the Italian Renaissance, on the economic and social history of Europe in the early modern period — particularly trading communities and commerce, artisans and industrial production, and the culture of technological change – and on the first age of globalization. His books include La comunità dei lucchesi a Venezia: Immigrazione e industria della seta nel tardo Medioevo (Istituto Veneto di Scienze, Lettere ed Arti 1994) and The Silk Industry of Renaissance Venice (Johns Hopkins University Press 2000).

Marc Perlman, an ethnomusicologist specializing in the musical traditions of Indonesia, has published and taught on the psychology of music, the history and ethnography of music theory, the variety of musical taste cultures, and the cultural impact of music technology. He received a Mellon New Directions Fellowship to spend 2007-2008 studying intellectual property law at Washington College of Law (American University) and Boalt Hall School of Law (University of California, Berkeley). He is currently observing the worldwide movement to enact legal protection for traditional music, focusing on developments in Indonesia and at the World Intellectual Property Organization.

Dwijen Rangnekar is a Research Councils UK Academic Fellow at the University of Warwick, with a joint appointment in the School of Law and the Centre for the Study of Globalisation and Regionalisation. His recent work has been in the area of geographical indications – in part through a fieldwork-based research project funded by the UK Economic and Social Research Council ( He has recently guest edited a special issue on GIs for the Journal of World Intellectual Property and is working on a monograph that is tentatively titled Re-Making Place: The Social Construction of Geographical Indications.

Katie Scott teaches the history of art at the Courtauld Institute of Art, London.  Her research interests relate to questions of commercialisation in artistic practice in early modern France, ranging from the representation of trade, to the invention of designed instruments for the furtherance of trade, such as trade cards and advertisements, to the institution of rules of practice and exchange; that is, copy privileges in art and industry.  She is currently working on a book provisionally titled Becoming property: art, theory and law in early modern France.

Jessica Silbey’s scholarship engages in a cultural analysis of law. One of her interests is the interdiscipline of law and film, exploring how film is used as a legal tool and how it becomes an object of legal analysis in light of its history as a cultural object and art form. She is also currently working on a series of articles about intellectual property, investigating common and conflicting narratives within legal institutions and private organizations that explain intellectual property protection in the US. She is especially interested in the connections between narratives of creation, discovery, incentive and labor and their legal counterparts in cases, statutes and litigation. She received her B.A. from Stanford University and her J.D. and Ph.D. (Comparative Literature) from the University of Michigan. Before joining the faculty of Suffolk University Law School, Jessica was a litigator in Boston. She also served as a law clerk to the Honorable Robert E. Keeton on the United States District Court and to the Honorable Levin Campbell on the United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit.

Will Slauter studies the history of authorship and publishing, with a particular interest in journalism. His PhD dissertation at Princeton explored the phenomenon of international news in the 18th-century Atlantic World. He has taught at Columbia University and at Florida State University, where he was a member of the program in the History of Text Technologies. He has recently joined the faculty of Université Paris 8-Saint Denis. His current research focuses on journalism and intellectual property in the United States from the 18th century to the present.

Simon Stern is an assistant professor in the University of Toronto Faculty of Law.  He completed his Ph.D. in English at UC Berkeley, and his J.D at Yale.  His research on the history of copyright law includes “Tom Jones and the Economies of Copyright,” Eighteenth-Century Fiction 9 (1997): 429-44; and “Copyright, Originality, and the Public Domain in Eighteenth-Century England” in Reginald McGinnis, ed., Originality and Intellectual Property in the French and English Enlightenment (Routledge 2008).  He also writes on the history of English common law and English literary history.

Eva E. Subotnik is an Intellectual Property Fellow at the Kernochan Center for Law, Media and the Arts at Columbia Law School, working on copyright law and policy issues applicable to the visual arts, sound recordings, and other media.  She is currently working on an article, Originality Proxies (forthcoming, Brooklyn Law Review), about originality and authorship in the context of photography, and on an ethnographic study of the role of copyright as an incentive among photojournalists.  Before joining the Kernochan Center she was an associate at Debevoise & Plimpton LLP, where she worked on IP matters, and a law clerk to the Honorable Bruce M. Selya, of the United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit, and to the Honorable Alvin K. Hellerstein, of the Southern District of New York. Eva received her B.A. and J.D. from Columbia University

Matthias Wießner is a doctoral student at the DFG-Graduate School “Intellectual Property and the Public Domain,” University of Bayreuth, and at the Research Academy, University of Leipzig, Graduate Centre in Humanities and Social Sciences, International PhD Study Programme “Transnationalization and Regionalization from the 18th Century to the Present.” He received his MA in History at the University of Leipzig with a thesis on “Reading Societies in Leipzig around 1800.” His current research is on the history of intellectual property rights in the GDR, including copyright law and patent law.

Eva Hemmungs Wirtén is Professor in Library- and Information Science at Uppsala University, Sweden. Author of No Trespassing: Authorship, Intellectual Property Rights, and the Boundaries of Globalization (2004) and Terms of Use: Negotiating the Jungle of the Intellectual Commons (2008), her research interests include international copyright and the history of the public domain. She is currently completing three articles on copyright and translation and a chapter in a forthcoming volume devoted to Intellectual Property and Emerging Biotechnologies.  Her new book will be on The Intellectual Properties of Marie Curie. The project is part of the consortium CULTIVATE (Copyrighting Creativity: Creative Values, Cultural Heritage Institutions and Systems of Intellectual Property), funded by HERA 2010-13. Website:

Martha Woodmansee is a Professor of English and Law at Case Western Reserve University. From 1990 to 2008 she was Director of the Society for Critical Exchange, and is a founding director of ISHTIP. She has published widely at the intersection of aesthetics, economics, and the law. Her books include The Author, Art, and the Market (Columbia University Press, 1994), The Construction of Authorship: Textual Appropriation in Law and Literature (with Peter Jaszi, Duke University Press, 1994), The New Economic Criticism: Studies at the Intersection of Literature and Economics (with Mark Osteen, Routledge, 1999), and the forthcoming Making and Unmaking Intellectual Property (with Mario Biagioli and Peter Jaszi, University of Chicago Press, 2011).

Zac Zimmer is presently completing his PhD dissertation on “Utopia and Commons: Place, Non-Place, and the American Blank Slate” in the Romance Studies Department at Cornell University. His research interests include Latin American literature, technologies of authorship, and the relationship between aesthetics and politics. He can be reached at

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