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Kern Family Chair in Intellectual Property Law

Director, Intellectual Property Law Center

Areas of Expertise

Intellectual Property, Communications Law and Policy, and Comparative and International Law


J.D. Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, Yeshiva University, cum laude, Order of the Coif
   Executive Editor, Cardozo Law Review
   Managing Editor, Post-Soviet Media Law & Policy Newsletter
   Assistant Editor, Cardozo Studies in Law and Literature
B.A. University of Wisconsin-Madison


Drake Professor since 2007

Wenlan Scholar Chair Professor, Zhongnan University of Economics and Law, Wuhan, China

Visiting Professor of Law, University of Haifa Faculty of Law, University of Hong Kong Faculty of Law, University of Strasbourg, Washington and Lee University School of Law

Associate Professor of Law & Founding Director, Intellectual Property & Communications Law Program, Michigan State University College of Law

Core Faculty, Asian Studies Center & Adjunct Professor of Telecommunication, Information Studies and Media, Michigan State University

Acting Assistant Professor of Law, Executive Director, Intellectual Property Law Program & Deputy Director, Howard M. Squadron Program in Law, Media & Society, Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, Yeshiva University

Research Associate, Programme in Comparative Media Law & Policy, University of Oxford

Selected Publications

The Global Governance of HIV/AIDS: Intellectual Property and Access to Essential Medicines (Edward Elgar Publishing, 2013) (edited with Obijiofor Aginam and John Harrington)

Global Issues in Intellectual Property Law
(Thomson West 2010) (with John Cross, Amy Landers and Michael Mireles)

Intellectual Property and Information Wealth: Issues and Practices in the Digital Age (Praeger 2007) (editor, 4 volumes)

Intellectual Property and Human Rights in the Nonmultilateral Era, 64 Fla. L. Rev. 1045 (2012)
Six Secret (and Now Open) Fears of ACTA, 64 SMU L. Rev. 975 (2011)

Digital Copyright and Confuzzling Rhetoric, 13 Vand. J. Ent. & Tech. L. 881 (2011)

Sinic Trade Agreements, 44 U.C. Davis L. Rev. 953 (2011)

The Graduated Response, 62 Fla. L. Rev. 1373 (2010)

Significant Accomplishments

Student Bar Association's Distinguished Faculty Award and MSU Teacher-Scholar Award, Michigan State University College of Law

General Editor, The WIPO Journal: Analysis of Intellectual Property Issues (published by Sweet & Maxwell and the World Intellectual Property Organization)

Editorial Boards, Journal of the Copyright Society of the U.S.A., Journal of World Intellectual Property and IP Book Law Review 

Executive Committee, American Branch of the International Law Association and Co-chair, 2006 International Law Weekend

Spoken at Harvard, Yale, Stanford, Oxford, Cambridge, Chicago, U.C. Berkeley, Michigan, Penn, Virginia, Georgetown, McGill, Toronto, LSE, University of London, Edinburgh, Humboldt, Beida, Tsinghua, Fudan, Hokudai and other leading research institutions

Presented at events organized by ITU, UNCTAD, UNESCO and WIPO as well as the Chinese, Hong Kong and U.S. governments

Lectures and presentations in Argentina, Australia, Barbados, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, China, Finland, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Hungary, Iceland, India, Italy, Israel, Japan, Lithuania, Macau, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Russia, Singapore, South Korea, Sweden, Switzerland, Thailand, Tunisia and the U.K.


On Teaching and the Area of Intellectual Property Law

"The biggest excitement of being a law professor is to see light bulbs turn on over students' heads. You don't know exactly what you need to do to make that happen, but you are so grateful when it finally does--even more so when the light spread to illuminate other students. As a colleague once shared with me, if you had a good class, it's because of the students; but if you had a bad one, it's because of you. I try hard to remember this piece of advice when I am in the classroom.

Intellectual property is one of the most fascinating areas of law. When it's combined  with cutting edge technologies and rapid globalization, you are confronted with some of the most challenging legal and policy questions. Students not only have to learn to grapple with legal and technological complexities, but they have the rare opportunity to shape the law immediately after they enter the profession. To say studying intellectual property law is fun and exciting is an understatement."

Last Modified: 6/11/2013 1:32:00 PM by Peter Yu