Mala Chatterjee

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Mala is a joint-JD/PhD in Philosophy candidate at New York University, and a Fellow at the Engelberg Center for Innovation Law and Policy. She received her JD from NYU School of Law in 2018, where she was a Furman Academic Scholar and Executive Editor of the NYU Law Review. Mala earned the Maurice Goodman Memorial Prize for outstanding academic achievement and scholarship, the John Bruce Moore Award for highest excellence in Law & Philosophy, and the Bradley Fellowship for scholarly work in Free Speech. She was a Pomeroy Scholar and a Butler Scholar (awarded to the top 10 students after 1L and 2L years respectively), and elected to the Order of the Coif. Mala graduated from Stanford University with a degree in Philosophy and a minor in Symbolic Systems in 2014. She has worked as a research assistant for professors Jeanne Fromer, Scott Hemphill, Barton Beebe, and Richard Epstein, particularly focusing on trademark and copyright projects.

She is working at the San Francisco litigation boutique Durie Tangri for the summer of 2018 and will clerk for the honorable Judge Robert Sack on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit in the 2019-2020 term.

Her research interests, both legally and philosophically, concern information. This includes intellectual property (copyright, trademark, patent, trade secrets, right of publicity); freedom of speech; aesthetics (art, music, expression); defamation; privacy; and technology (applied ethics, bioethics, information privacy, artificial intelligence). She is writing a dissertation on the philosophical foundations of intellectual property under the supervision of Liam Murphy and Jeremy Waldron. Further information and scholarly work can be found at