IP, technology, human rights


Lea Shaver is a graduate of Wichita High School East in Wichita, Kansas, where she earned an International Baccalaureate diploma.

Attending the University of Chicago on a full-tuition merit scholarship, Shaver received a bachelor’s degree in sociology with high honors, graduating Phi Beta Kappa. She was also selected as a Marshall Scholar, the University of Chicago’s highest honor for undergraduate achievement. She also studied human rights and development in the University of Chicago’s Master of Arts Program in the Social Sciences, completing both the bachelor’s and master’s degrees in four years.

Shaver received her J.D. from Yale Law School, where she served as both submissions and articles editor of the Yale Human Rights and Development Law Journal, served as an officer of the Student-Faculty Alliance for Military Equality and participated in multiple clinics. Selected as a Coker Fellow in her third year, she taught legal research and writing for a first-year Constitutional Law seminar.

After graduation from Yale Law School, Shaver served as a summer clerk to the Honorable David F. Hamilton of the Southern District of Indiana (since promoted to the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals). She departed for an appointment as a Fulbright Scholar to South Africa. Based at the University of Witwatersrand Law School’s Centre for Applied Legal Studies, she contributed to research and impact litigation advancing the rights to housing, education and water.

While in South Africa, Shaver helped to litigate two cases advancing the rights to water and housing, both of which established important precedents at South Africa’s Constitutional Court. She also drafted briefs for the plaintiffs in a landmark right to education case, resulting in an important vindication of the national policy on free primary education at the trial level.

In 2007, Shaver returned to Yale Law School as an Associate Research Scholar and Lecturer in Law. There she served as a resident fellow of the Information Society Project at Yale Law School, where she directed a research program in Access to Knowledge. As part of this work, Shaver oversaw research on intellectual property and development in seven countries, and organized a major conference on the theme of Access to Knowledge and Human Rights.

In 2010, Shaver joined the faculty of Hofstra Law School as an Associate Professor. In 2012, she returned to her hometown of Indianapolis as an Associate Professor at Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law. She has taught Intellectual Property, Patents, Copyright, Transnational Law, and a seminar in Access to Knowledge.

Professor Shaver’s principal research interests include intellectual property, law and technology, and human rights. Her work has been published in the Washington & Lee Law Review, the Wisconsin Law Review, the Journal of Law, Medicine, and Ethics (peer-reviewed), and I/S: A Journal of Law and Policy for the Information Society (peer-reviewd), among other academic journals. Her work has been cited by IP scholars and in a United Nations report on intellectual property and human rights.

Shaver is the editor of Access to Knowledge in Brazil: New Research on Intellectual Property, Innovation and Development and the co-editor of Access to Knowledge in Egypt: New Research on Intellectual Property, Innovation and Development. All three books are available from Bloomsbury Academic on a Creative Commons license and may be downloaded in full text at the Social Sciences Research Network and on this site.

A partial list of Professor Shaver’s published research and works in progress may be found at http://ssrn.com/author=880999.

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