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Jane C. Ginsburg

  • Morton L. Janklow Professor of Literary and Artistic Property Law

Doctor of Law, Université de Paris II, 1995
D.E.A., Université de Paris II, 1985
J.D., Harvard Law School, 1980
M.A., University of Chicago, 1977
B.A., University of Chicago, 1976

Areas of Specialty

Domestic and International Copyright and Trademarks Law
Legal Methods

The faculty director of Columbia’s Kernochan Center for Law, Media, and the Arts, Jane Ginsburg is a renowned authority on intellectual property law and a staunch defender of authors’ rights. She teaches and writes about copyright law, international copyright law, legal methods, statutory methods, and trademark law. She is also the author or co-author of casebooks on all five subjects, including International Copyright: U.S. and EU Perspectives (with Edouard Treppoz) and Copyright: Cases and Materials (9th edition) (with Robert A. Gorman and R. Anthony Reese). Ginsburg was a co-reporter for the American Law Institute’s Principles of the Law, Intellectual Property: Principles Governing Jurisdiction, Choice of Law, and Judgments in Transnational Disputes.

Fluent in French and Italian, Ginsburg has been a visiting professor at law schools and universities in France and Italy as well as in Australia, England, Israel, and New Zealand. She is a vice president of the Association Littéraire et Artistique Internationale, a Paris-based international organization created to promote and defend authors’ rights, and president of its U.S. chapter. She is an elected member of the American Philosophical Society and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and a Corresponding Fellow of the British Academy.


Honors and Awards

Doctor honoris causa, University of Neuchatel, Switzerland


Life Member, American Law Institute


American Bar Association Section on Intellectual Property Mark T. Banner Award


Elected member, American Academy of Arts and Sciences


Inductee, ChIPS IP Hall of Fame


Elected member, American Philosophical Society


Corresponding Fellow, British Academy


2008 IP Hall of Fame inductee


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