Visiting IP Scholars
The Kernochan Center International Visiting Scholar program allowed academics from around the world to study and research at Columbia Law School for six to eight weeks. The goal of the program was to provide greater understanding of copyright law in the United States and abroad and promote international cooperation between the United States and the visitors' home country.
Current International Visiting Scholar
Geidy Lung — Fall, 2012. Ms. Lung, originally from Venezuela, will join us from the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) in Geneva where she serves as Senior Counsellor next Fall. While at Columbia, Ms. Lung will research the effects of digital technologies in the development of copyright and related rights, particularly regarding their limitations and exceptions.
**Please Note: New applications for this program are not being accepted at this time. **
Past International Visiting Scholars
Celia Lerman – Spring, 2012. Ms. Lerman is a Visiting Professor of Law at Universidad Torcuato di Tella in Buenos Aires. Professor Lerman received her J.D. from the University and an LL.M. in intellectual property from Universidad Austral. She has been teaching IP at the Universidad Torcuato di Tella since 2010. Her research while at Columbia involves an investigation into copyright laws surrounding graffiti and the intersection of IP and real property rights that are often at odds when it comes to this art form.
Severine Dusollier — Fall, 2011. Ms. Dusollier joined us from the University of Namur in Belgium where she is a Professor of Intellectual Property Law. While at Columbia, Professor Dussolier worked on an upcoming book she is writing on a comparative look at the US and EU intellectual property laws and their application to the Internet.
Rebecca Giblin — Spring, 2011. Dr. Giblin, a Professor on the Faculty of Law at Monash University in Australia, will join us in January, 2011. She will focus her research on the protection of factual compilations. While at Columbia, she will also be working on a portion of an upcoming book she is writing detailing the history of P2P technologies and the litgiation they have engendered.
Johan Axhamn — Fall, 2010. Mr. Axhamn joins us from Stockholm University in Sweden where he is a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Law and teaches a course on copyright in the information age. In June, 2009, Mr. Axhamn was named a Legal Advisor to the Swedish Ministry of Justice during Sweden's term as Chairman of the European Union.
Plamena Popova - Fall, 2010. Ms. Popova is an Assistant Professor at the State University of Library Studies and Information Technology in Sofia, Bulgaria. While at Columbia, Professor Popova will research the Google Books settlement agreement and compare its copyright provisions to similar European efforts at mass digitization of archival materials.
Aleksei Kelli — Spring, 2010. Professor Kelli is a Lecturer of Intellectual Property Law and a Doctoral candidate at the University of Tartu in Tallinn, Estonia. He has written extensively on Estonian IP policy and how intellectual property regimes influence scientific innovation.
Burak Ozgen — Spring, 2010. Mr. Ozgen, a native of Turkey, is a Ph.D. candidate at Ghent University in Belgium where his research focuses on collective management of copyrights. In 2009, he worked for the Information Society and Media Directorate General of the European Commission in the Audiovisual and Media Unit.
Goce Naumovski — Fall, 2009. Professor Naumovski is a member of the Faculty of Law of Iustianus Primus in Skopje, Macedonia where he teaches copyright and entertainment law. He spent his time at Columbia researching teaching methods in both these fields so that he could strengthen the comparative law aspects of his classes upon returning to Macedonia.