Saptarishi Bandopadhyay

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Professor Saptarishi Bandopadhyay’s research and teaching interests are in the areas of intellectual property (particularly, copyright), disaster management, environmental law and politics, as well as issues related to risk, technology and society. He has published in these areas in encyclopedias, edited volumes as well as legal and interdisciplinary journals such as, the University of British Columbia Law Review, the Fordham Environmental Law Review, Global Jurist, the Indian Journal of International Law, and the Journal of Intellectual Property Rights. He has also developed a series of cases studies for Harvard Law School’s Case Studies Program. Professor Bandopadhyay’s work often integrates historical, socio- scientific and humanities research into legal analyses. He is currently at work on two projects: the first studies the status of photography in copyright law, while the second attempts to retell the history of international refugee protection through the lens of environmental history and science and technology studies.

Prior to joining the faculty, during the 2016-2017 academic year, Professor Bandopadhyay served as a Visiting Professor and Catalyst Fellow at Osgoode, and an adjunct faculty at Northeastern University School of Law. He holds an SJD from Harvard Law School, Masters degrees from Harvard and American University’s Washington College of Law, and a BA LLB (with honors) from the National University of Juridical Sciences in India.

At Harvard Law School, Professor Bandopadhyay received the Irving Oberman Memorial Environmental Law Prize and the Abram Chayes International Public Service Fellowship. He has also received research and advocacy fellowships from the Berkman Klein Center for Internet and Society, Harvard University’s Office for Scholarly Communication, the Public International Law and Policy Group, the Center for International Environmental Law, and the Watson Institute for International Studies at Brown University. Professor Bandopadhyay has studied disasters in the borderlands between India, Pakistan, and China, and in the Philippines. His doctoral dissertation at Harvard, entitled: ‘What We Talk About When We Talk About Disasters: Early Modern Precedents to Twenty-First Century Disaster Management, 1660-1800,’ offered a socio-legal history of the emergence of disaster management practices in relation to the rise of the State in the early modern period.

Before starting doctoral work, from 2006 to 2010, Professor Bandopadhyay served as an associate with Radon & Ishizumi in New York, where he worked on pharmaceutical and biotechnology projects, assisted with constitution development in Nepal, and environmental policymaking in the Caucasus.

Research Interests: Intellectual Property Law; Disaster Governance; Humanitarian Law; International Environmental Law and Politics; Legal and Environmental History; Science and Technology Studies; Law and the Humanities.