Wendy J. Gordon
William Fairfield Warren Distinguished Professor
Interests: copyright; trademark; unfair competition; legal theory; property theory; restitution; torts; law & economics
Wendy Gordon’s work emphasizes that our legal environment must cultivate the exchange of ideas, expression and information for everyone -- not only established players in various industries. Her writings reflect her passion for creative exchange. Renowned for her application of philosophy and economics to copyright and related common-law areas and for her work on fair use, she has published on four continents, received numerous honors and grants and speaks to audiences all over the world.
Her favorite audience, however, is her students. The recipient of a teaching award, Professor Gordon particularly enjoys interdisiplinary teaching; she is now co-teaching a seminar on "Law, Language and Literature" with critic and editor Sir Christopher Ricks; she has twice cotaught a course in property theory with a professor of Philosophy, and with a master Shakespearean actor she twice cotaught a seminar in Copyright and Rhetoric.
Professor Gordon’s honors include serving as a Fulbright scholar, a Visiting Senior Research Fellow at Oxford’s St. John's College, a resident at the Rockefeller Foundation retreat in Bellagio, a visiting fellow at Oxford’s Programme in Comparative Media Law and Policy and the recipient of a New Jersey Governor's Fellowship in the Humanities. Her scholarship has been cited in three opinions of the U.S. Supreme Court. She has twice served as the Chair of the AALS Section on Intellectual Property. In 2013, she became a member of the International Association for the Advancement of Teaching and Research in Intellectual Property (ATRIP).
Often anthologized, Professor Gordon's publications include: