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Rochelle C. Dreyfuss

Pauline Newman Professor of Law Emerita

Rochelle Cooper Dreyfuss is the Pauline Newman Professor of Law at New York University School of Law and the co-director of the Engelberg Center on Innovation Law and Policy. She holds BA and MS degrees in chemistry and spent several years as a research chemist before entering Columbia University School of Law, where she served as articles and book review editor of the Law Review. After graduating, she was a law clerk to Chief Judge Wilfred Feinberg of the US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit and to Chief Justice Warren Burger of the US Supreme Court. She is a member of the American Law Institute; she served as a reporter for its Project on Intellectual Property: Principles Governing Jurisdiction, Choice of Law, and Judgments in Transnational Disputes and is currently an adviser on its Restatement Third of Conflicts of Law project. She also served as an expert for the report of the UN Special Rapporteur on cultural rights regarding patent policy and the right to science and culture.

Dreyfuss was a consultant to the Federal Courts Study Committee, to the Presidential Commission on Catastrophic Nuclear Accidents, and to the Federal Trade Commission. She served on the National Academy of Sciences’ Committees on Intellectual Property in Genomic and Protein Research and Innovation, on Intellectual Property Rights in the Knowledge-Based Economy, and on Science, Technology, and Law. She was a member of the Secretary of the Department of Health & Human Services’ Advisory Committee on Genetics, Health, and Society, and BNA’s Advisory Board to USPQ. She is a past chair of the Intellectual Property Committee of the American Association of Law Schools. She was the Thomas Christensen Fellow at St. Catherine’s College, Oxford University, the Yong Shook Lin Visiting Professor of Intellectual Property Law at the National University of Singapore, and has visited at The University of Chicago Law School, University of Washington School of Law, Santa Clara University Law School, and the Centre d’Études Internationales de la Propriété Intellectualle. In addition to articles in her specialty areas, she has co-authored books on intellectual property law and international intellectual property law.