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Caterina Sganga joined Sant’Anna as an Associate Professor of Comparative Private Law in October 2018. Prior to her appointment at SSSA, she was Assistant and later Associate Professor of Law at the Department of Legal Studies and Department of Economics and Business of Central European University (CEU, 2012-2018). She holds a Ph.D. in Comparative Private Law from Sant’Anna, an LL.M. from Yale Law School, and an LL.B. and J.D. from University of Pisa.

Caterina's key research area is international and comparative intellectual property law, with a focus on European copyright law, IP and new technologies (esp. AI and data science), the balance between IP and human rights, and data ownership and management in the era of big data. She also works on the IP-innovation interface, looking at the interplay between exclusivity, incentive and access in the cultural and creative industries and in the pharmaceutical market.

She is a member elected of the European Copyright Society (ECS), one of the most prestigious independent academic associations in the field of copyright, a fellow of the European Law Institute (ELI), and a member of several international IP and property law associations (EPIP, ATRIP, ALPS).

reCreating Europe   From January 2020, she is the coordinator of the H2020 project reCreating Europe ("Rethinking digital copyright law for a culturally diverse, accessible, creative Europe", 2020-2022), which studies the impact of EU digital copyright law on creativity, cultural diversity and access to knowledge through a multidisciplinary approach and a focus on five groups of stakeholders (individual authors and performers, creative industries, cultural institutions such as galleries, libraries, archives and museums, intermediaries, users). ReCreating Europe aims at offering innovative contributions to assess the impact of current laws, develop reform proposals, and prepare and test guidelines which may inspire the self-regulatory efforts of different interest groups.

In the past years she held visiting teaching appointments at Maynooth University (Ireland), CEU, the Europa-Kolleg of the University of Hamburg and the University of Pisa, was a fellow at the Information Society Project at Yale Law School, and a visiting researcher at the Center for Intellectual Property Policy at McGill University (Montreal).

Caterina's book "Propertizing European Copyright. History, Challenges and Opportunities" has been published by Edward Elgar in 2018 (electronic version with Introduction and Chapter One in open access available here). She authored the volume "I beni in generale" (On goods - general theory) in the Italian Commentario al Codice Civile P.Schlesinger (Giuffré Editore) in 2015, and several contributions published in edited books, international journals such as the International Review of Intellectual Property and Competition Law (IIC), the Cambridge Journal of International and Comparative Law, the European Intellectual Property Review (EIPR), the Journal of Intellectual Property, Information Technology and E-Commerce Law (JIPITEC), the Journal of Intellectual Property Law and Practice, GRUR Int., ERA Forum, and a number of Italian law reviews.

You can find most of her publications in open access on SSRN and ResearchGate, and sporadic tweets here.

Caterina is also avvocato at the Italian State Bar and attorney-at-law at the New York State Bar.


File:Logo Sant'Anna.jpg - Wikipedia Ph.D. in Law, Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna (2011)
Yale Law School | LinkedIn LL.M., Yale Law School (2009)
Ricerca UNIPI (@RicercaUnipi) | Twitter J.D. (2006), LL.B. (2004), University of Pisa
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  • International and Comparative Intellectual Property Law, with a key focus on
    • European Copyright Law
    • Intellectual Property and new technologies (esp. AI and data science)
    • Intellectual Property, Human Rights and Constitutions
    • IP-innovation interface (focus on cultural and creative industries, pharma sector)
  • Propertization of data and data ownership in the era of big data
  • Comparative Property Law
  • Comparative Tort Law, with a focus on personal injury damages



Undergraduate courses

  • Intellectual property: exclusivity and access (1 cr)
  • Comparative Introduction to Intellectual Property (2 cr)
  • Comparative Property Law (2 cr)
  • Common law contracts (1 cr)
  • Comparative trust law (1 cr)
  • Economics and Law of Patents (2 cr, with Prof Arianna Martinelli)
  • Economics and Law of Intellectual Property (2 cr, with Prof Arianna Martinelli)

PhD courses

  • Intellectual Property and Human Rights (2 cr)
  • Towards a Global Property Model? (1 cr)
  • Digital Rights and Conflicts (2 cr)
  • Frontiers of Intellectual Property: Artificial Intelligence, Big Data and Beyond (1 cr)
  • Comparative Law of the Digital Economy (2 cr)
  • Intellectual Property In and For Research (1 cr)

Conferences ⇒ see curriculum vitae