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Professor D.J. Gervais (1963) has been appointed professor of Information Law, in particular trade and investment related aspects of the information society, at the University of Amsterdam’s (UvA) Faculty of Law.

Prof Daniel Gervais, professor Information Law
Credits: Dirk Gillissen

Daniel Gervais’s research centres on international intellectual property and its interface with trade and investment law.

As professor of Information Law, Gervais will focus, first, on developing better intellectual property norms for the information society, especially within the EU, and, second, on recent and proposed international trade and investment agreements and disputes that affect the ability of states to optimize innovation and creativity within their borders.

Daniel Gervais is the Milton R Underwood Chair in Law at Vanderbilt University Law School which he joined in 2008 and where he currently serves as director of the Vanderbilt Intellectual Property Program and faculty director of the Master’s programme. Before joining Vanderbilt, he was acting dean of the Common-Law Section at the Faculty of Law of the University of Ottawa.

Prior to joining the academy, Gervais was, among other things, successively legal officer at GATT (now World Trade Organisation), head of section at the World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO) and vice-president of the Copyright Clearance Centre Inc. (Massachusetts, U.S).

Gervais studied computer science and law at the University of Montreal, where he received two academic excellence awards. In 1989, he received a Diploma of Advanced International Studies summa cum laude from the Institute of Advanced International Studies in Geneva, Switzerland, and in 1998 obtained his doctorate magna cum laude from the University Nantes (France).

Gervais is the author of several books and has published extensively in leading academic journals. He is currently editor-in-chief of the Journal of World Intellectual Property and editor of In addition, he is a member of the Academy of Europe and of the American Law Institute (elected), where he serves as associate reporter of the Restatement of Copyright (First).