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ExperienceProf. Shlomit Yanisky-Ravid is an Intellectual Property senior full time Professor of Law at Ono Academic College (OAC), Israel (Israel's largest Law School). Currently, since 2011, she is in addition to being a Visiting International Professor of Law at Fordham Law School she is also a fellow at the Yale ISP (Information Society Project), Yale Law School where she has conducted two seminars during 2011-2012.
Previous to visiting Yale Law School and while being there she gave lectures at leading universities and international organizations around the world such as Columbia University, American University, Washington D.C., Yale Law School, University of Lausanne Law School, Switzerland, the Marco Biagi Foundation, University of Modena, Italy and Warsaw, Poland as well as the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) and the International Labor Organization (ILO), both in Geneva, Switzerland. She has also conducted her research as a visiting scholar and researcher at Cardozo Law School, Fordham Law School and as scholarship recipient at the Swiss Institute of Comparative Law, Switzerland (SICL) and the Max Plant Institute, Germany.
Prof. Yanisky-Ravid completed her PhD in the direct track for outstanding students at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. She conducted a major part of her PhD research at the Swiss Institute of Comparative Law. Her thesis concerned Rethinking Intellectual Property Rights of Creations and Inventions Developed by Employees. She holds a Bachelor's Degree in Law from Tel Aviv University cum laude as was on the Dean's List for each year of study, a Bachelor's Degree in Psychology, cum laude from Bar Ilan University and a Bachelor's Degree in Life Sciences, Bar Ilan University, cum laude, where she ranked first in her class.
Prof. Yanisky-Ravid is the winner of many prizes and grants: the Minerva Center for Human Rights - International Center for Human Rights grant; Prize for Outstanding Researchers in Memory of Prof. Gadi Harel, the Lafer Center for Women’s and Gender Studies scholarship for outstanding researchers, the Silbert Center, Hebrew University of Jerusalem grant for PhD thesis and the Van Calker Fund Research Grant, awarded to selected scholars by the SICL.
In 2006 she founded and became the director of the Shalom Comparative Research Center at OAC, which is active in Israel, Switzerland and the U.S. The center promotes comparative research through academic activities by sponsoring and conducting comparative legal research and international seminars in cooperation with international institutes such as Fordham International Programs and U.N. organizations, and submits recommendations in the context of international conventions.
Prof. Yanisky-Ravid's research focuses on the theoretical and comparative aspects of Intellectual Property, Employment Law and Equality. Her forthcoming book, titled "Intellectual Property at the Workplace", concerns the rights of authors and inventors with respect to IP works developed within the workplace. She recently published pioneering research on IP and gender, exposing the interaction between the gender analyses of patent laws and lack of accessibility of women to IP rights. Her research also includes understanding Intellectual Property rights according to economic and social theories as well as rethinking the justifications to Intellectual Property. Prof. Yanisky-Ravid's research at the Yale Law School considers the question of the accessibility of persons with print disabilities to Intellectual Property products, Traditional Knowledge (mainly culture) and Freedom of Association of workers from the entertainment field. Over the past few years, she has continued researching and lecturing about novel topics related to Intellectual Property (IP), such as: IP ownership, employees' IP rights, incentive to invent and considerations, Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) of IP conflicts, and IP and gender. She is about to further her research and publish her findings and analysis of such topics in a book addressing nontraditional topics which will be titled "Beyond IP". The subjects of her work aim to influence reforms on local and international levels using international convention tools.
Prof. Yanisky-Ravid is involved with policy making as the academic representative and member of the National Governmental Committee of Fair Trade in Israel; Board Member, Israel Association for Labor Law and Social Security; consultant to the Knesset (Parliament) Committee of Women's Rights and to Israel's Knesset Members and Deputy Minister for Women and Students; Member, Intellectual Property Law and Technology Forum, The Hebrew University, Jerusalem; committee chairperson for the Legislation Amendments Committee, the committee responsible for amendments in legislation, as a part of the Israel Bar Association as well as in the international level as, for example WIPO's member of the Inert- regional Experts of Traditional Knowledge.