For Immediate Release:  Jul 15, 2010
2010, 07, 15

Lea Shaver Joins Hofstra Law School as Professor of Intellectual Property

Lea Shaver Joins Hofstra Law School as Professor of Intellectual Property

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HEMPSTEAD, N.Y. — Hofstra Law School today announced that Lea Bishop Shaver will join its full-time faculty as an associate professor of law effective September 1, 2010. In her first year, Shaver will teach Intellectual Property Survey, Patent Law and Transnational Law. 

"We are delighted to welcome Ms. Shaver to Hofstra Law," said Dean Nora V. Demleitner. "As an energetic, up-and-coming legal scholar in the areas of intellectual property and human rights, we are certain that Ms. Shaver will add an exciting new dimension to our course offerings and faculty scholarship."

Shaver received her Bachelor of Arts in sociology and Master of Arts in social sciences from the University of Chicago. She graduated in 2006 from Yale Law School, where she was a Coker Fellow in Constitutional Law and served as the submissions and articles editor for the Yale Human Rights & Development Law Journal.

After law school, Shaver received a Fulbright scholarship to work at the Centre for Applied Legal Studies, an academic research and litigation center at the University of the Witwatersrand Law School in South Africa. While there, she contributed to human rights litigation defending access to education, housing and water.

Since her return to the United States, Shaver has worked as a resident fellow at Yale Law School's Information Society Project, an academic center for law and technology. During her tenure at Yale, Shaver taught the advanced seminar Access to Knowledge Practicum and oversaw research projects on intellectual property and innovation in seven countries.

Shaver's work has been published in the Wisconsin Law Review and the Washington University Global Legal Studies Review, among other academic journals. She also has produced several publications stemming from her work at the Information Society Project. Shaver edited or co-edited two volumes for Bloomsbury Academic - Access to Knowledge in Egypt: New Research on Intellectual Property, Innovation and Development and Access to Knowledge in Brazil: New Research on Intellectual Property, Innovation and Development and also contributed chapters to both.

Shaver has presented papers on intellectual property and human rights at workshops and conferences, including the United Nations Internet Governance Forum. She has also contributed submissions to human rights bodies such as the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights, the United Nations Committee on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women and the United Nations Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights.

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