Robert Brauneis

Robert Brauneis
Professor of Law; Co-Director of the Intellectual Property Law Program; Co-Director of the Dean Dinwoodey Center for Intellectual Property Studies; Member, Managing Board, Munich Intellectual Property Law Center
2000 H Street, NW
Washington, District Of Columbia 20052
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Robert Brauneis is Professor of Law and Co-Director of the Intellectual Property Program at the George Washington University Law School. After earning his Juris Doctor magna cum laude at Harvard Law School, he served as a law clerk to Judge Stephen G. Breyer of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit (now Justice Breyer), and to Justice David H. Souter. He has also served as an Assistant Corporation Counsel for the city of Chicago.

Professor Brauneis’ teaching and scholarly interests include copyright, trademark, property, and constitutional law. He is the co-author of a leading casebook on copyright law, and of numerous articles on copyright, trademark, and constitutional law. He is a member of the Managing Board of the Munich Intellectual Property Law Center and a Trustee of the Copyright Society of the USA, and has served as President of the Giles S. Rich American Inn of Court. In 2013-2014, he served as the inaugural Abraham L. Kaminstein Scholar in Residence at the United States Copyright Office.



BA, University of California, Santa Cruz; JD, Harvard University

In the News

“A Real-World Battle Over Dancing Avatars: Did Fortnite Steal the Floss?”

January 11, 2019
Robert Brauneis is quoted in The New York Times about if the dancing Fortnite avatars are violating performers' "right of publicity."

"Holding Algorithms (And the People Behind Them) Accountable Is Still Tricky, But Doable"

March 21, 2018

Robert Brauneis is quoted in the Neiman Journalism Lab about a study he conducted on the limits of transparency around big data analytics.

"When Government Rules By Software, Citizens Are Left in the Dark"

August 17, 2017

Robert Brauneis is mentioned in Wired in regards to a paper he co-authored about state and municipal use of predictive algorithms.