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Mala Chatterjee

Visiting Fellow

Mala Chatterjee is a visiting fellow at Yale Law School's Information Society Project, a JD/PhD in Philosophy candidate at New York University, and a fellow at NYU School of Law's Engelberg Center for Innovation Law & Policy. She received her JD summa cum laude in 2018, and was a Furman Academic Scholar and Executive Editor of the NYU Law Review. She 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 respectively), and elected to the Order of the Coif. Mala is presently writing a dissertation on the philosophical foundations of intellectual property under the supervision of Liam Murphy, Jeremy Waldron, and Sam Scheffler. She graduated from Stanford University with a degree in Philosophy and a minor in Symbolic Systems in 2014.


Mala worked as a research assistant for professors Jeanne Fromer, Scott Hemphill, Barton Beebe, and Richard Epstein, particularly focusing on trademark and copyright projects. She also conducted independent research with Chris Sprigman and Liam Murphy while in law school. Mala was a summer associate at the New York office of the law firm Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP in 2017, and at the San Francisco litigation boutique Durie Tangri LLP in 2018. She is clerking for the honorable Judge Robert Sack on the 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals in the 2019-2020 term, and will be the Furman Academic Fellow at NYU School of Law in 2020-2021. 


Mala's research interests, both legally and philosophically, concern information. This includes intellectual property (copyright, trademark, patent, trade secrets, right of publicity); freedom of speech; defamation; privacy; technology (applied ethics, bioethics, information privacy, artificial intelligence); and aesthetics (art, music, expression). Her work appears or will be appearing in the Columbia Law Review and the NYU Law Review, and she has given talks at Berkeley, NYU, Yale, Columbia, University of Pennsylvania, and University of Houston. Aside from law & philosophy, Mala loves music (psychedelic or repetitive), film, art, stories, dancing, transcendental meditation, and city life.