Hugh C. Hansen
Fordham University Law School
140 West 62nd Street
New York, NY 10023
Office: Room 415
Hugh C. Hansen teaches courses in U.S. and EU intellectual property law. For 25 years he also taught U.S. constitutional law.
Professor Hansen is the founder and director of the Fordham Intellectual Property Law Institute and the Fordham Annual Conference on Intellectual Property Law and Policy, www.fordhamipconference.com, now in its nineteenth year. Managing Intellectual Property magazine has denominated him as one of the 50 most influential people in IP in the world.
After graduation from Georgetown Law School where he was a member of the Law Journal, Prof. Hansen clerked for Judge Inzer B. Wyatt in the Southern District of New York and Judge Murray I. Gurfein in the Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit. He was also a litigation associate with Dewey Ballantine and an Assistant United States Attorney in the criminal division of the Southern District of New York. Since coming to Fordham, Prof. Hansen has served numerous times as a consultant or expert witness in intellectual property litigations in U.S., Europe and the European Commission. He has also been the lead counsel in copyright and trademark actions.
Prof. Hansen speaks frequently on U.S. and international intellectual property law in the United States, Europe and Asia. He delivered the 30th Annual Brace Lecture of the Copyright Society of the U.S.A. entitled “Copyright and the Culture of the Public Domain: A Critical Analysis.” He delivered the Herchel Smith Public Lecture in Intellectual Property Law at Queen Mary, University of London entitled “A Legal Realist Analysis of U.S. Trademark Law with Comparisons to Recent Developments in the European Union.”
Under the auspices of the Intellectual Property Research Institute of Australia (IPRIA), Prof. Hansen gave a series of addresses on aspects of intellectual property law at universities in Melbourne, Canberra, Brisbane and Sydney. In Japan he addressed U.S. and international Intellectual property law issues in addresses in Tokyo, Osaka, Kyoto, Fukuoka and Nagoya in academic, governmental and think-tank settings. He was a visiting professor at Melbourne University and a visiting professorial fellow at Queen Mary Research Institute in London.
Prof. Hansen been quoted often in the media including The Economist, New York Times, Washington Post and Wall Street Journal, and appeared on 20/20 (ABC), CNN, WABC, WNBC and On the Media (NPR).
Prof. Hansen is the author of New York Intellectual Property Law (LexisNexis 2010), the editor of International Intellectual Property Law and Policy, Volumes 1-7 (Juris Publications) Volumes 10 & 11 (Hart Publishing), and U.S. Intellectual Property Law and Policy (2006)(Edward Elgar Publishing, UK).
- Law Clerk, Hon. Inzer B. Wyatt, U.S. District Judge, S.D.N.Y.;
- Law Clerk, Hon. Murray I. Gurfein, U.S. Circuit Judge, 2nd Cir.;
- Associate, Dewey, Ballantine, Bushby, Palmer & Wood;
- Asst. U.S. Attorney, Criminal Division, S.D.N.Y.;
Principal subjects: Constitutional Law, Copyright Law, Trademark Law, EC Intellectual Property Law, International and Comparative Copyright Law (at Fordham since 1978).
- Rutgers, A.B., 1968
- Georgetown, J.D., 1972
- Yale, LL.M. 1977