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Daniel J. Gervais

Milton R. Underwood Chair in Law
Professor of French
Director, Vanderbilt Intellectual Property Program
Faculty Co-director, LL.M. Program

Daniel Gervais focuses on international intellectual property law, having spent 10 years researching and addressing policy issues as a as legal officer at the World Trade Organization (WTO), as head of the Copyright Projects section of the WIPO, and Deputy Secretary General of International Confederation of Societies of Authors and Composers (CISAC), and Vice-Chair of the International Federation of Reproduction Rights Organizations (IFRRO). He is the author of The TRIPS Agreement: Drafting History and Analysis, a leading guide to the text that governs international intellectual property rights. Before joining Vanderbilt Law School in 2008, Professor Gervais served as acting dean and vice-dean for research of the Common Law Section at the University of Ottawa. Before entering the academy, he practiced law as a partner with the technology law firm BCF in Montreal. He was also a consultant with the Paris-based Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD). He has been a visiting professor at numerous international universities and a visiting scholar at Stanford Law School. In 2012, he was the Gide Loyrette Nouel Visiting Chair at Sciences Po Law School in Paris. He is editor-in-chief of the peer-reviewed Journal of World Intellectual Property. In 2012, he was the first North American law professor admitted to the Academy of Europe. In 2017 he became Chairman of the International Association for the Advancement of Teaching And Research in Intellectual Property (ATRIP). He is a member of the American Law Institute.

Research Interests

International intellectual property law


Representative Publications

  • (Re)structuring Copyright: A Comprehensive Path to International Copyright Reform, Elgar Publishing (2017)
  • International Intellectual Property: An Advanced Introduction, Elgar Publishing (2016) (with Susy Frankel)
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  • The TRIPS Agreement: Drafting History and Analysis, Sweet & Maxwell (4th edition, 2012) (previous edition cited by the Supreme Court of the United States and several Advocate Generals' Opinion, Court of Justice of the European Union)
  • Intellectual Property, Trade and Development, Oxford University Press (2007) (editor)
  • Collective Management of Copyright and Related Rights, Kluwer Law International (3d ed. 2015)
  • "The Derivative Right, or Why Copyright Protects Foxes Better Than Hedgehogs," 15 Vanderbilt Journal of Entertainment and Technology Law 755 (2013)
    Full Text | SSRN | WWW
  • "Traditional Innovation and the Ongoing Debate on the Protection of Geographical Indications," in Intellectual Property and Indigenous Innovation, Australia National University Press (2012) (Peter Drahos and Susy Frankel, editors)
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  • "Golan v. Holder, A Look at the Constraints Imposed by the Berne Convention," 64 Vanderbilt Law Review En Banc 147 (2011) (cited by the Supreme Court of the United States)
    Full Text | SSRN | PDF
  • "Of Clusters and Assumptions: Innovation as Part of a Full TRIPS Implementation," 77:5 Fordham Law Review 2353 (2009)
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  • "The Tangled Web of User-Generated Content," 11 Vanderbilt Journal of Technology And Entertainment Law 841 (2009)
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