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Mala Chatterjee

Fellow 2018-22

Mala is a Furman Fellow at NYU School of Law and a joint-JD/PhD in Philosophy candidate at NYU. She is also a fellow at NYU School of Law’s Engelberg Center for Innovation Law and Policy and a visiting fellow at Yale Law School’s Information Society Project. Mala received her JD summa cum laude in 2018, and was a Furman Academic Scholar and Executive Editor of the NYU Law Review. She earned the Maurice Goodman Memorial Prize for outstanding academic achievement and scholarship, the John Bruce Moore Award for highest excellence in Law & Philosophy, and the Bradley Fellowship for scholarly work in Free Speech. She was a Pomeroy Scholar and a Butler Scholar (awarded to the top 10 students after 1L and 2L respectively), and elected to the Order of the Coif. Mala clerked for the Honorable Judge Robert D. Sack for the Second Circuit Court of Appeals in the 2019-2020 term, and was a summer associate at Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP and Durie Tangri LLP. She received her B.A. in Philosophy with a minor in Symbolic Systems from Stanford University in 2014.

Mala’s research interests, both legally and philosophically, concern information. In particular, Mala explores the philosophical questions - both normative and conceptual in nature - surrounding the legal systems that structure our relationships with and rights in information, broadly construed: including intellectual property, technology, freedom of speech, and aesthetics. Mala is writing a dissertation on the philosophical foundations of intellectual property under the supervision of Liam Murphy, Jeremy Waldron, and Sam Scheffler, and her other work has appeared in the peer-reviewed Journal of Legal Analysis, in the Columbia Law Review, and in the NYU Law Review. For more information, see