Hofstra Law Faculty

Irina D. Manta

Professor of Law and Founding Director of the Center for Intellectual Property Law


JD, 2006, Yale Univ; BA, 2003, Yale Univ


Professor Irina Manta's research spans legal issues involving intellectual property, torts, the Internet, privacy, national security, and immigration. She has a particular interest in the intersection between the law and the social sciences, and especially psychology and economics. Professor Manta has published or has forthcoming work in the New York University Law ReviewTexas Law ReviewVanderbilt Law ReviewEmory Law JournalWilliam & Mary Law ReviewIowa Law ReviewNorth Carolina Law ReviewAlabama Law ReviewBoston College Law ReviewOhio State Law Journal, and Harvard Journal of Law & Technologyamong others. She is also a co-author for a textbook on criminal law issues in intellectual property and blogs for The Volokh Conspiracy. In 2014, she received the Lawrence A. Stessin Prize for Outstanding Scholarly Publications, which is awarded to two junior faculty members across all disciplines at Hofstra University. Professor Manta has given well over a hundred talks nationally and internationally, and in 2018 served as a Visiting Scholar at Waseda University in Tokyo, Japan.

Before joining the law school faculty in 2012, Professor Manta was an Assistant Professor of Law at the Case Western Reserve University School of Law. She was a Bigelow Teaching Fellow and Lecturer in Law at the University of Chicago Law School from 2007 to 2009. Professor Manta has also served on the faculties of Fordham Law School, the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, Brooklyn Law School, The George Washington University Law School, and the University of Arkansas at Little Rock William H. Bowen School of Law. She clerked for Judge Morris S. Arnold on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit for the 2006-2007 term.

While earning her J.D. at Yale Law School, Professor Manta was the grand prize winner of the Foley & Lardner LLP Intellectual Property Writing Competition. She also served as tributes editor of the Yale Law Journal, articles editor of the Yale Law & Policy Review, and editor of the Yale Journal on Regulation. She graduated magna cum laude from Yale University with a B.A. in psychology. Her writings have appeared in the Washington Post, Scientific American, USA Today, Chicago Tribune, Salon, Newsweek, Yahoo! News, International Business Times, and The Conversation, as well as on SCOTUSBlog. She co-hosts the interdisciplinary podcast "Strangers on the Internet."

During her time in the academy, Professor Manta has taught Torts, Property, Intellectual Property Survey, Trademarks, Copyright, International Intellectual Property, The Criminal Law of Intellectual Property and Information, Intellectual Property Colloquium, Law & Social Science, and a variety of other intellectual property courses.

Curriculum Vitae



Strangers on the Internet (manuscript in progress).

The Criminal Law of Intellectual Property and Information: Cases and Materials (2d ed. 2015) (with Geraldine Szott Moohr and Jacqueline D. Lipton).


Why Jack Daniel’s Can’t Stop #WestElmCaleb, and What Now?William & Mary Bill of Rights Journal (forthcoming) (with Kavita D. Balchand).

Adopting Nationality, 98 Washington Law Review 483 (2023) (with Cassandra Burke Robertson).

Integral Citizenship, 100 Texas Law Review 1325 (2022) (with Cassandra Burke Robertson).

Inalienable Citizenship, 99 North Carolina Law Review 1425 (2021) (with Cassandra Burke Robertson). 

Litigating Citizenship, 73 Vanderbilt Law Review 757 (2020) (with Cassandra Burke Robertson).

(Un)Civil Denaturalization, 94 New York University Law Review 402 (2019) (with Cassandra Burke Robertson).

Tinder Lies, 54 Wake Forest Law Review 207 (2019).

Choosing Privacy, 20 NYU Journal of Legislation & Public Policy 649 (2017).

Parallel State, 38 Cardozo Law Review 2083 (2017) (with Gregory Dolin).

Secret Jurisdiction, 65 Emory Law Journal 1313 (2016) (with Cassandra Burke Robertson).

Branded, 69 SMU Law Review 713 (2016).

Taking Patents, 73 Washington and Lee Law Review 719 (2016) (with Gregory Dolin).

A Sustainable Music Industry for the 21st Century, 101 Cornell Law Review Online 39 (2016) (with Aloe Blacc & David S. Olson).

Hello Barbie: First They Will Monitor You, Then They Will Discriminate Against You. Perfectly., 67 Alabama Law Review 135 (2015) (with David S. Olson).

Intellectual Property and the Presumption of Innocence, 56 William & Mary Law Review 1745 (2015).

Intellectual Property Infringement as Vandalism, 18 Stanford Technology Law Review 331 (2015) (with Robert E. Wagner).

Judging Similarity, 100 Iowa Law Review 267 (2014) (with Shyamkrishna Balganesh and Tess-Wilkinson-Ryan).

The High Cost of Low Sanctions, 66 Florida Law Review 157 (2014).

Hedonic Trademarks, 74 Ohio State Law Journal 241 (2013).

Reasonable Copyright, 53 Boston College Law Review 1303 (2012).

The Puzzle of Criminal Sanctions for Intellectual Property Infringement, 24 Harvard Journal of Law & Technology 469 (2011).

Privatizing Trademarks, 51 Arizona Law Review 381 (2009).

In Search of Validity: A New Model for the Content and Procedural Treatment of Trademark Infringement Surveys, 24 Cardozo Arts & Entertainment Law Journal 1027 (2007).


Speech as Public Choice RemedyHouston Journal of Health Law & Policy (forthcoming) (with Cassandra Burke Robertson and Zoe Robinson).

Keeping IP Real, 57 Houston Law Review 349 (2019) (solicited symposium contribution).

Explaining Criminal Sanctions in Intellectual Property Law, 1 Journal of Law & Innovation 16 (2019) (solicited symposium contribution for the inaugural issue of the University of Pennsylvania's intellectual property law journal).

Blunting the Later-Mover Advantage: Intellectual Property and Knowledge Transfer, 52 Akron Law Review 877 (2019) (solicited symposium contribution) (with Mattias G. Ottervik).

Gawking Legally, 40 Harvard Journal of Law & Public Policy 117 (2018) (solicited symposium contribution).

Bearing Down on Trademark Bullies, 22 Fordham Intellectual Property, Entertainment & Media Law Journal 853 (2012) (solicited symposium contribution).


Permanent contributor, The Volokh Conspiracy, February 2019-present.
Contributions can be found at https://reason.com/people/irina-manta/all

A Categorical No to Categorical Accommodation Denials Related to COVID-19?Harvard Law Petrie-Flom Center Bill of Health (Sept. 11, 2023) (with Katherine Macfarlane). 

Hospitals That Ditch Masks Risk ExposureHarvard Law Petrie-Flom Center Bill of Health (Feb. 20, 2023) (with Nina Kohn).

Constitutional Citizenship in the U.S. TerritoriesLawfare (July 27, 2022) (with Cassandra Burke Robertson).

Who Is Afraid of Josh Hawley?St. Louis Post-Dispatch (Feb. 8, 2021) (op-ed) (with Berin Szóka).

I Lost a Law School Election to Josh Hawley. I Moved on Then, and He Should Now on Trump., USA Today (Jan. 5, 2021).

  • Reprinted in Yahoo! News.

A Long-Running Immigration Problem: The Government Sometimes Detains and Deports US Citizens, Conversation (July 8, 2019) (op-ed) (with Cassandra Burke Robertson).

  • Reprinted inter alia in Chicago Tribune and Salon.

Lies, Anger, and False Equivalence in Dating Platform Fraud, Los Angeles & San Francisco Daily Journals (Apr. 26, 2019) (op-ed).

Due Process and Denaturalization, American Bar Association Section of Litigation: Civil Rights (2019) (with Cassandra Burke Robertson).

Trump Administration Seeks to Strip More People of Citizenship, Conversation (Dec. 10, 2018) (op-ed) (with Cassandra Burke Robertson).

  • Reprinted inter alia in Chicago Tribune and Salon.

The Case for Cracking Down on Tinder Lies, Washington Post (Nov. 16, 2018) (invited op-ed contribution).

  • Reprinted inter alia in Chicago Tribune and Sydney Morning Herald.

The Cacophony of Trademarks Is Not Government Speech, SCOTUSBlog, June 20, 2017, (invited symposium contribution).

Why Banning Laptops from Airport Cabins Doesn't Make Sense, Conversation (May 16, 2017) (op-ed) (with Cassandra Burke Robertson).

  • Reprinted inter alia in Scientific American, Newsweek, Huffington Post, and International Business Times.

Wired for Price Discrimination, Los Angeles & San Francisco Daily Journals (Apr. 6, 2015) (op-ed) (with David S. Olson).

Challenging the No-Fly List: The Status of Litigation After Five Years, American Bar Association Section of Litigation: Civil Rights (2015) (with Cassandra Burke Robertson).

Theory and Empirics: Where Do Locke and Mossoff Leave Us, Liberty Forum, May 8, 2015, (solicited response).

Music Streaming Demands New Wave of Licensing Rules, Chicago Tribune, Apr. 6, 2015 (op-ed) (with Aloe Blacc & David S. Olson).

Thirteen Ways to Steal a Bicycle: Theft Law in the Information Age by Stuart Green, 4 The IP Law Book Review 11 (2014) (solicited book review).

A Horse is Not Always a Horse, of Course: A Response to Jacqueline Lipton, Law of the Intermediated Information Exchange, 65 Florida Law Review Forum 1 (2013) (solicited response).

Improving the Trademark Registration Process Through the Use of Private Actors, IP Osgoode Blog (Dec. 22, 2009) (solicited).

A Solution for Trademarks?, 27 IP Review 23 (2009) (solicited).

Missed Opportunities: How the Courts Struck Down the Florida School Voucher Program, 51 St. Louis University Law Journal 185 (2006).

Recent Courses Taught

LAW 1730PROPERTYGraduate