About the Editor

Daniel Gervais is the Milton R. Underwood Chair in law at Vanderbilt University. He also holds a part-time research Chair in Information Law at the University of Amsterdam and is Adjunct Research Professor (II) at the University of Oslo. His research focuses on international intellectual property law, having spent 10 years researching and addressing policy issues on behalf of the GATT (predecessor of the World Trade Organization (WTO)), the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), the International Confederation of Societies of Authors and Composers (CISAC) and Copyright Clearance Center, Inc. (CCC) before entering the academy.

Before joining Vanderbilt Law School in 2008, Professor Gervais was Acting Dean of the Common Law Section at the University of Ottawa, where he also served as Acting Dean from February 1, 2006 until July 31, 2006, and as Vice-Dean for Research from 2003 until January 2007.

Professor Gervais practiced law in Montreal from 1985 to 1990 as an associate with Clark Woods and later as a partner with the technology law firm BCF. In 1990-91, he was a consultant and legal officer with the WTO, where he was actively involved in the TRIPS Agreement negotiations. In 1992, he joined WIPO and was promoted the following year to Head of the Copyright Projects section, where he prepared WIPO studies and international meetings on the impact of digital technology on copyright and neighboring rights. In 1995, Professor Gervais joined CISAC as Assistant Secretary General, and in 1997 he moved to the United States to become Vice-president, International at CCC, the largest reprographic rights organization in the world. He chaired the sectoral work on culture, communications and information at the Canadian Commission for UNESCO. Professor Gervais was a consultant with the Paris-based Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) and to several WTO members in TRIPS-related disputes.

He has been a visiting professor at more than twenty universities around the world.  He is an elected member of the American Law Institute and the Academy of Europe, and a member of the Bar of Ontario and the Bar of Quebec.  In 2017-2019, he was President of the International Association for the Advancement of Teaching and Research in Intellectual Property (ATRIP).