Hugh Hansen

FLS Faculty Hugh Hansen 240x240 SM

Professor of Law; Director, Fordham Intellectual Property Law Institute

Telephone: 212-636-6854
Office: Room 7-120

Research and Teaching Areas

Copyright; Trademark; Intellectual Property


Prof. Hansen is a Professor of Law at Fordham Law School, where he teaches courses in IP Law, Copyright Law, Trademark Law and EU and International Intellectual Property Law. He also taught U.S. Constitutional Law for over 25 years. He is the founder and director of both the Fordham Intellectual Property Law Institute and the Fordham Annual Conference on Intellectual Property Law and Policy, now in its 22nd year.

Managing Intellectual Property magazine named him in 2010 and again in 2013 as one of the 50 most influential people in IP in the world. In doing so it characterized him as an “IP provocateur” and “the ringmaster who pulls together one of the IP world’s must-attend events.” In 2007, Chief Judge Paul Michel of the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit presented Prof. Hansen with an award for “his contribution to the legal community’s understanding of international intellectual property law.”


  • Law Clerk, Hon. Inzer B. Wyatt, U.S. District Judge, S.D.N.Y.;
  • Law Clerk, Hon. Murray I. Gurfein, U.S. Circuit Judge, 2nd Cir.;
  • Associate, Dewey, Ballantine, Bushby, Palmer & Wood;
  • Asst. U.S. Attorney, Criminal Division, S.D.N.Y.


  • Rutgers, A.B., 1968
  • Georgetown, J.D., 1972
  • Yale, LL.M. 1977