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About Daniel J Gervais

Dr. Gervais' research focuses on international intellectual property law. Before joining the Academy, he spent 10 years researching and addressing policy issues on behalf of the World Trade Organization (GATT) and the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) and other organizations.
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 and as Vice-Dean for Research and Academic Vice-Dean.
He serves as Editor-in-chief of the peer-reviewed Journal of World Intellectual Property. 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).
Professor Gervais practiced law in Montreal as an associate with Clark Woods and later as a partner with the technology law firm BCF. He was a consultant and legal officer with the GATT/World Trade Organization, 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 director of international relations 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 served as a panelist (domain name) at the WIPO Arbitration and Mediation Centre and as a consultant with the Paris-based Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD). He has been a visiting professor or chair at the Universities of Grenoble, Montpellier, Nantes and Strasbourg (CEIPI) in France; at the University of Liège; at the University of Haifa; at the National University of Singapore, and at the University of Puerto Rico, and a visiting scholar at Stanford Law School. He is a visiting lecturer at the University of Amsterdam and has lectured at the Institute of European Studies of Macau.


Present Editor,, Editor-in-Chief, Journal of World Intellectual Property
Present Faculty Co-Director, Vanderbilt LLM Program, Vanderbilt University
Present Director, Vanderbilt Intellectual Property Program, Vanderbilt University
Present Milton R Underwood Chair in Law, Vanderbilt University ‐ Law School

Curriculum Vitae



Research Interests

International Intellectual Property

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Honors and Awards

  • Paris Bar Prize
  • Member, American Law Institute
  • Member, Academy of Europe (2012-)
  • Ontario Research Excellence Award (2005)
  • Quebec Bar Prize (1/ approx. 700), 1985
  • Best article 2002-2003 (Ch. Seton Award), J. Cop. Soc'y of the USA
  • One of best articles of 2010, and 2012, selected by INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY LAW REVIEW

Contact Information

Vanderbilt University Law School
131 21st Ave. South
Nashville, TN 37203-1181


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