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 topics 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.