Wendy J. Gordon teaches at Boston University, where she is one of a handful of scholars holding the University’s top academic position, the William Fairfield Warren Distinguished Professorship. She is also a Professor of Law, and an advisor to the Law School’s noted Concentration in Intellectual Property. Substantively she focuses on Copyright and other forms of Intellectual Property, and on common-law patterns in Torts and Unjust Enrichment. Methodologically, she draws on law & economics, literature, and ethics.
A former Fulbright Scholar and recipient of various awards, including a Lon L. Fuller Prize in Jurisprudence, a Bacon-Kilkenny Distinguished Visiting Professorship at Fordham, and a NJ Governor’s Fellowship in the Humanities, she has been a Visiting Senior Research Fellow at St. John’s College, Oxford, and has twice served as Chair of the Section on Intellectual Property for the Association of American Law Schools. Her more than three dozen articles include “Fair Use as Market Failure” (Columbia Law Review), “On Owning Information: Intellectual Property and the Restitutionary Impulse” (Virginia Law Review), “Of Harms and Benefits: Torts, Restitution and Intellectual Property” (J. Legal Studies), “Render Copyright Unto Caesar” (University of Chicago Law Review), “A Property Right in Self-Expression” (Yale Law Journal), “An Inquiry into the Merits of Copyright” (Stanford Law Review),” and the chapter "Intellectual Property Law" in the Oxford Handbook on Legal Studies.
In December 2015, over the four days of talks she delivered at U Antwerp, and through many meetings with PhD students, Professor Gordon focused on a wide range of Copyright, trademark, and related matters, including an institutional perspective on copyright reform in the US; an economic analysis of copyright ‘exhaustion’; and exploration of how economics and fairness concerns unite in some IP doctrines but diverge in others.