Irene Calboli

Professor of Law


“Law is not reason free from passion, despite what Aristotle said. Instead, legal education and legal practice require us to both use reason and be passionate about the law.”

Get to Know Irene Calboli

What drew you to the law?

What attracted me to a legal education is that the law represents the perfect blend between theoretical analysis and real practice. Since I was a law student, I enjoyed applying legal theory to practical cases. I also enjoyed the fact that the study and practice of law requires both rigorous analysis as well as creative strategy. Now, as a legal scholar and a law professor, I enjoy applying existing legal principles to policy-related issues. In many instances, I like to challenge these principles, suggesting different legal perspectives.

What do you enjoy most about teaching?

The most rewarding part about teaching is the interaction with my students, both in and outside the classroom, as I genuinely care about their development and growth, both academically and personally. As a professor, I am privileged to have a career devoted to sharing knowledge with my students, and I continually learn from them.

What do you hope students gain from your courses?

I hope that students enjoy and become passionate about the topic​s that I teach. In general, my goal is for my students to assimilate the concepts and rules of the topics taught, to apply the statutes and cases that we discussed to hypothetical or real-life scenarios, and to consider the underlying public policies.

What did you do prior to entering academia?

I practiced for a few years while conducting my postgraduate education. This allowed me to gain first hand practical experience in order to become a more effective law professor.

What are you passionate about outside of the law?

I like traveling and fine arts, and I am passionate about history and archeology. I try to visit museums and archeology sites across the world every year. Once upon a time, I was a sailing instructor, which is my favorite sport.

What are your research interests?

My research interests focus on intellectual property, international trade and comparative law. My expertise includes advising international organizations and national governments on issues related to legislative reforms and the impact of intellectual property laws on economic and cultural development.


Link to my publications.


A list of my recent presentations is available on my CV.


  • Intellectual property law
  • International intellectual property
  • International trade and economic law
  • Food and agriculture law
  • Fashion law
  • European Union law
  • Comparative law

Academic Experience

  • Professor of Law
    Texas A&M University School of Law (2015-present)
  • Visiting Professor and Deputy Director, Applied Research Centre for Intellectual Assets and the Law in Asia
    Singapore Management University School of Law (2015-present)
  • Visiting Professor
    Faculty of Law, National University of Singapore (2012-2015)
  • Professor of Law and Director, Intellectual Property and Technology Program
    Marquette University Law School (2003-2015)
  • CIPLIT Visiting Professor of Intellectual Property
    DePaul University College of Law (Spring 2011)


  • LL.M., Law Department, London School of Economics and Political Science
  • Diploma in Trademark Law, Centre for Commercial Legal Studies, Queen Mary College
  • Doctorate in Intellectual Property & Competition Law, Faculty of Law, University of Pavia
  • LL.B., Faculty of Law, University of Bologna

Awards / Honors

2015: Lee Kong Chian Fellowship, Singapore Management University
2015: Winner, Second Place, Ladas Memorial Award, International Trademark Association

2005: Coach and Advisor of National Champion Team, Saul Lefkowitz Trademarks Moot Court Competition, International Trademark Association

1999:  British Council “European Young Lawyer Scheme” Scholarship

1998: Rotary International Foundation Ambassadorial Scholarship

1997-1998: European Patent Office Scholarship for Postgraduates Studies in IP

1994-1996: National Doctoral Scholarship, Italian Ministry of Education and Research

1994: University of Bologna Postgraduate Studies Scholarship

Other Professional Activities

  • International Law Association (American Branch) - Member
  • Society for International Economic Law - Member
  • Academic Network of Intangible Cultural Heritage Scholars - Member
  • American Society of Comparative Law - Delegate
  • North American Network of European Law Scholars - Member
  • European Policy for Intellectual Property Law Association (EPIP) - Board Member
  • ALAI-USA (Association Litteraire and Artistique Internationale USA) - Member
  • International Trademark Association (INTA) - Academic Member; Co-Chair, Professor Membership Team; Member of: Academic Committee, Trademark Scholarship Symposium Project Team, Trademark Professors Taskforce, International Moot Court Committee
  • American Association of Law Schools (AALS) – Member; Executive Committee Member, Section on Law and Art
  • American Bar Association Intellectual Property Law Section – Member
  • International Association for the Advancement of Teaching and Research in Intellectual Property (ATRIP) – Member
  • Italian Society for Studies in Intellectual Property (SISPI) - Member