Professor Jane C. Ginsburg of Columbia Law School was elected a member of the American Philosophical Society (APS) during the organization’s annual spring conference. Ginsburg is a major specialist on intellectual property law, comparative law, private international law, and legal techniques.
The American Philosophical Society (APS), the country’s oldest learned society, is unique in that its membership includes prominent academics from a wide range of disciplines. The honorary membership is based on exceptional achievements in one of five categories: mathematical and physical sciences, biological sciences, social sciences, humanities, and the arts, professions, and public and private affairs.
Ginsburg was chosen to the social sciences class as the Morton L. Janklow Professor of Literary and Artistic Property Law. She is the Faculty Director of the Kernochan Center for Law, Media, and the Arts at the Law School, which promotes a better knowledge of the legal issues of authorship, including its transmission and usage.
Ginsburg has been a visiting professor or fellow at a number of prestigious educational institutions, including the University of Paris, the University of Cambridge, the University of Auckland, Hebrew University, and the University of Melbourne. She is fluent in French and Italian.
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Ginsburg has authored multiple works, including three casebooks and numerous essays on local and international copyright law, in addition to her function as a professor. She is also the head of the American chapter of the Association Littéraire et Artistique Internationale, a Paris-based international organisation dedicated to promoting and defending the rights of authors.
Her membership, according to APS, may be the first mother-daughter membership in the organization’s history. U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg ’59, Jane Ginsburg’s mother, was chosen a member in 2006.
The American Philosophical Society, founded in 1743 by Benjamin Franklin, celebrates and engages eminent scientists, humanists, social scientists, and leaders in civic and cultural issues. Through excellence in scholarly research, professional meetings, publications, library resources, and community outreach, it advances practical knowledge in science and the humanities.