Giancarlo Frosio

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Giancarlo Frosio is an Associate Professor at the Centre for International Intellectual Property Studies (CEIPI), University of Strasbourg. He is a qualified attorney with a doctoral degree (S.J.D.) in IP law from Duke Law School. Additionally, he holds an LL.M. from Duke Law School, an LL.M. in IT and Telecoms law from Strathclyde University, and a law degree from Università Cattolica of Milan.

Giancarlo is also a Non-Residential Fellow at the Center for Internet and Society at Stanford Law School. Previously—from 2013 to 2016—he was the Intermediary Liability fellow with Stanford CIS.  At Stanford CIS, Giancarlo launched the Intermediary liability research focus area of the Center, the World Intermediary Liability Map (WILMap), and the Stanford Intermediary Liability Lab (SILLab). Since 2013, Giancarlo also serves as affiliate faculty at the Harvard CopyrightX program, where he lectures and coordinates the Turin University Affiliated Course, whose first edition he personally launched. He is a Lecturer of the LL.M. in Intellectual Property law jointly organized by WIPO and the University of Turin, where he also served as the Deputy Director and Lecturer from 2010 to 2013.  He is a Faculty Associate of the NEXA Research Center for Internet and Society in Turin. Previously, Giancarlo served as a post-doctoral researcher at KU Leuven Center for IT & IP (CiTiP), COMMUNIA Fellow at the NEXA Center and CREATe Fellow at the University of Nottingham. As a COMMUNIA and CREATe fellow, Giancarlo drafted extensive reports on the digital public domain and open access publishing respectively. As an attorney, Giancarlo worked with the Intellectual Property & Technology Group of a prominent international law firm.

Giancarlo dedicated most of his academic career to studying the interface between technology, innovation, creativity, and intellectual property through the lens of international, European and American law. His research focuses on copyright law, digitization, history of creativity, public domain, open access, Internet and user based creativity, intermediary liability of online service providers, data protection, network information economy, access to knowledge (A2K), and identity politics. Giancarlo is the author of numerous legal articles and publications.  His last book “Reconciling Copyright with Cumulative Creativity: The Third Paradigm” (Edward Elgar 2018) builds on interdisciplinary research exploring the communal and collaborative nature of creativity from a historical perspective to make predictions about creativity’s future policies. He is also the editor of the Oxford Handbook of Online Intermediary Liability (OUP 2020).

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