The International Visiting Scholar Program
The Kernochan Center International Visiting Scholar program allowed academics from around the world to study and research at Columbia Law School for six to eight weeks. The goal of the program is to provide greater understanding of copyright law in the United States and abroad and promote international cooperation between the United States and the visitors' home country.
**Please Note: New applications for this program are not being accepted at this time. **
Past International Visiting Scholars
Geidy Lung — Fall 2012. Ms. Lung, originally from Venezuela, joined us from the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) in Geneva, where she serves as Senior Legal Officer. While at Columbia, Ms. Lung researched the effects of digital technologies in the development of copyright and related rights, particularly regarding their limitation and exceptions.
Celia Lerman – Spring 2012. Ms. Lerman is a Visiting Professor of Law at Universidad Torcuato di Tella in Buenos Aires. Professor Lerman received her J.D. from the University and an LL.M. in intellectual property from Universidad Austral. She has been teaching IP at the Universidad Torcuato di Tella since 2010. Her research while at Columbia involves an investigation into copyright laws surrounding graffiti and the intersection of IP and real property rights that are often at odds when it comes to this art form.
Severine Dusollier — Fall 2011. Ms. Dusollier joined us from the University of Namur in Belgium where she is a Professor of Intellectual Property Law. While at Columbia, Professor Dussolier worked on an upcoming book she is writing on a comparative look at the US and EU intellectual property laws and their application to the Internet.
Rebecca Giblin — Spring 2011. Dr. Giblin, a Professor on the Faculty of Law at Monash University in Australia, joined us in January, 2011. She focused her research on the protection of factual compilations. While at Columbia, she also worked on a portion of a book she detailing the history of P2P technologies and the litgiation they have engendered.
Johan Axhamn — Fall 2010. Mr. Axhamn joined us from Stockholm University in Sweden where he was a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Law and taught a course on copyright in the information age. In June 2009, Mr. Axhamn was named a Legal Advisor to the Swedish Ministry of Justice during Sweden's term as Chairman of the European Union.
Plamena Popova - Fall 2010. Ms. Popova was an Assistant Professor at the State University of Library Studies and Information Technology in Sofia, Bulgaria. While at Columbia, Professor Popova researched the Google Books settlement agreement and compared its copyright provisions to similar European efforts at mass digitization of archival materials.
Aleksei Kelli — Spring 2010. Professor Kelli was a Lecturer of Intellectual Property Law and a Doctoral candidate at the University of Tartu in Tallinn, Estonia. He has written extensively on Estonian IP policy and how intellectual property regimes influence scientific innovation.
Burak Ozgen — Spring 2010. Mr. Ozgen, a native of Turkey, was a Ph.D. candidate at Ghent University in Belgium where his research focuses on collective management of copyrights. In 2009, he worked for the Information Society and Media Directorate General of the European Commission in the Audiovisual and Media Unit.
Goce Naumovski — Fall 2009. Professor Naumovski was a member of the Faculty of Law of Iustianus Primus in Skopje, Macedonia where he taught copyright and entertainment law. He spent his time at Columbia researching teaching methods in both these fields so that he could strengthen the comparative law aspects of his classes upon returning to Macedonia.