Elected Member

Professor Shlomit Yanisky-Ravid

New York, NY
Fordham University School of Law
Bar Illan University, Israel, BA Life Science; BA Psychology; LLB
Hebrew U., Jerusalem, Israel, PHD
Yale Law School, PHD; Post Doc.

Shlomit Yanisky-Ravid is a professor of Intellectual Property (IP) Law at Fordham University School of Law, focusing on the challenges of advanced technology, mainly Artificial Intelligence (AI), blockchain, cyberspace, privacy and competition laws, from ethical and theoretical perspectives as well as on comparative and international aspects.

Professor Yanisky-Ravid is a Visiting Professor at Fordham Law (from 2012), where she teaches the courses “Intellectual Property and the Challenges of Advanced Technology: Artificial Intelligence and Blockchain” and previously: "Beyond IP: Theoretical, Comparative and International Perspectives." Professor Shlomit Yanisky-Ravid is the Head of the “IP - AI & Blockchain Research Project" at Fordham Law CLIP, founded by Prof. Joel Reidenberg of blessed memory.

Professor Yanisky-Ravid completed post-doctoral studies at Yale Law School (2011), where she conducted two seminars: "Law and Society In Israel: Contemporary Issues" and "Advanced Legal Studies for the VR Graduate Program." Since then, she is a Law Professor Research Fellow at the Yale University Law School, ISP.

She was recently identified as "the foremost thinker on AI and copyright" at the American Copyright Society Annual Event by Judge Katherine Forrest.

Professor Shlomit Yanisky-Ravid is a full time Senior Law Faculty Member and the head of advanced legal studies program, at the Ono Academic College (OAC), Law School, which is the largest law school in Israel, and the founder and director of the Shalom Comparative Research Institute, Eliyahu Law and Tech Center, OAC. Professor Shlomit Yanisky-Ravid's research focuses on Intellectual Property (IP) Law, focusing on ethical and legal challenges of the digital era. 

Professor Yanisky-Ravid has published numerous articles in these fields and has won awards and scholarships for her works. Recently, she researched the challenges of advanced technology, focusing on AI and blockchain and its impact on the legal regime. One of her studies, titled "Generating Rembrandt: Artificial Intelligence, Copyright, and Accountability in the 3A Era—the Human-Like Workers are Already Here—A New Model" was chosen as the 2017 Visionary Article in Intellectual Property Law and in addition won an award from Michigan State University. Her recent works and academic activities focus on AI regulation and its impact on facial recognition, machine vision and biometrics. Her article "Equality and Privacy By Design" addresses big data, that AI systems must "swallow", as the major source of biases, including at workplaces, rather than the algorithm, and suggests a new model of AI data transparency (Fordham U.L.J., special edition on AI and big data). Her article "From the Myth of Babel to Google Translate" discusses, among other topics, AI biases and discriminative results. Her recent works  addressed the impact of blockchain and smart contracts on different aspects of intellectual property (e.g. patents and fashion design). Previously, her article "The Right to Privacy and the Balloon Theory” was judged by West (Thomson Reuters) Publishers as one of the best law review articles related to entertainment, publishing and/or the arts published within 2014 in the U.S.

Currently, she is writing two books, one of them discussing the interconnections between IP and AI. The other discusses her latest works on blockchain platform and smart contracts in regard to IP regime, addressing questions of the advantages and disadvantages regarding the use of blockchain platforms for selling IP assets - is it "the Promised Land" or "the Dark Side of the Moon". Her work on the book "Intellectual Property at Workplaces: Theoretical and Comparative Perspective" won the Van Calker Fund Award, awarded to selected scholars and was described as a profound academic work in the field. She won the Minerva Center for Human Rights award as well as the Silbert grant for other research she has done.

Professor Yanisky-Ravid is a sought-after lecturer at leading universities around the world, such as: Harvard University, Berkman K. Center for Internet & Society, Columbia University, Miami University, NYU Law, Center for Labor and Employment Law, American University in the U.S., as well as at Lausanne University, Switzerland, Urbino University, Italy, Oxford, UK and others. In addition, she has actively collaborated, for more than a decade, with international organizations, such as the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) in Geneva and the Swiss Institute of Comparative Law, Lausanne. She is a member of many boards and forums around the world in her fields of expertise. Last year she launched the AI-IP project as part of the Fordham Law CLIP researching the challenges of advanced technology, mainly artificial intelligence and blockchain on intellectual property regime. She holds BAs in Life Science and in Psychology from Bar Ilan Univ., Israel (both Cum Laude); LLB in Law, Tel Aviv Univ., Israel (Cum Laude and 3 times dean award); PhD Law, Hebrew Univ., Direct Program for Outstanding Students; Post Doc. Graduate Program, Yale Law School.

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Areas of Expertise
Cyber Law (Science & Technology)
Intellectual Property
Privacy Law (Constitutional Law)