Amy Kapczynski

Professor of Law and Faculty Director, Global Health Justice Partnership

(on leave, fall 2016)


Amy Kapczynski is a Professor of Law at Yale Law School and faculty director of the Global Health Justice Partnership. Her areas of research including information policy, intellectual property law, international law, and global health.

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Contact Information


Yale Law School

P.O. Box 208215

New Haven, CT 06520

Education & Curriculum Vitae


J.D., Yale Law School, 2003

M.A., Queen Mary and Westfield College, University of London, 1998

M. Phil., University of Cambridge, 1997

A.B., Princeton University, 1996

Courses Taught


  • International Intellectual Property Law
  • Law and Social Movements
  • Property
  • Global Health and Justice Practicum
  • Intellectual Property: The Law of Scientific and Cultural Production

Amy Kapczynski is a Professor of Law at Yale Law School and faculty director of the Global Health Justice Partnership. She joined the Yale Law faculty in January 2012. Her areas of research including information policy, intellectual property law, international law, and global health. Prior to coming to Yale, she taught at the University of California, Berkeley, School of Law. She also served as a law clerk to Justices Sandra Day O'Connor and Stephen G. Breyer at the U.S. Supreme Court, and to Judge Guido Calabresi on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit. She received her A.B. from Princeton University, M. Phil. from Cambridge University, M.A. from Queen Mary and Westfield College at University of London, and J.D. from Yale Law School.

Thursday, May 12, 2016


A simple way for the government to curb inflated drug prices—A Commentary by Amy Kapczynski ’03, Zain Rizvi ’17, and Aaron Kesselheim

Zain Rizvi ’17 is a student at Yale Law School; Amy Kapczynski ’03 is a Professor of Law at Yale Law School and co-director of Yale’s Global Health Justice Partnership; Aaron Kesselheim is an associate professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School and a faculty member at Brigham and Women’s Hospital.

Wednesday, February 10, 2016


$3 Million Grant Given to Launch Health Data Initiative

The Collaboration for Research Integrity and Transparency (CRIT) at Yale University, a new initiative launching in July 2016, received a $3 million grant from the Laura and John Arnold Foundation (LJAF) to promote open access to high-quality data in health.

Monday, January 11, 2016


Resist Pressure at Any Price—A Commentary by David Singh Grewal ’02 and Amy Kapczynski ’03

David Singh Grewal ’02 is an Associate Professor of Law at Yale Law School and Amy Kapczynski ’03 is a Professor of Law and Director of the Global Health Justice Partnership at Yale Law School.

Saturday, December 5, 2015


The Unfair Treatment of Ebola Workers

A report authored by the Global Health Justice Partnership and the American Civil Liberties Union about individuals quarantined in the U.S. in response to the 2014-15 Ebola epidemic is cited in an editorial.

Thursday, December 3, 2015


Yale–ACLU Report Questions Ebola Quarantines

A report released today examining the U.S. response to the 2014–2015 Ebola epidemic warns against politically motivated and scientifically unwarranted quarantines, which the report found violated individuals’ rights and hampered efforts to fight the disease by discouraging American doctors and nurses from going abroad.

Thursday, December 3, 2015


Debate on Quarantine Persists as Ebola Outbreak Subsides

Lecturer in Law and co-director of the Global Health Justice Partnership Gregg Gonsalves is mentioned in an article about a report authored by GHJP and the American Civil Liberties Union on the number of individuals quarantined in the U.S. in response to the 2014-15 Ebola epidemic.

Monday, June 29, 2015


FDA is Sued by Advocacy Groups That Want Gilead Hepatitis C Trial Data

Professor of Law and Director of the Global Health Justice Partnership Amy Kapczynski ’03 and Lecturer in Law and Co-Director of the Global Health Justice Partnership Gregg Gonsalves are quoted in an article about a lawsuit filed by the GHJP against the FDA, claiming the agency failed to release clinical trial data for Gilead Sciences' hepatitis C treatments on a timely basis.

Thursday, June 25, 2015


MFIA Clinic Files Suit Seeking Access to Hepatitis C Drug Data

Treatment Action Group and the Global Health Justice Partnership have filed a federal lawsuit for access to the information that Gilead Sciences submitted to the FDA on two new—and extremely expensive—hepatitis C drugs, Sovaldi and Harvoni. 

Thursday, June 11, 2015


No Fast Track for Unfair Trade Deals—A Commentary by Amy Kapczynski ’03 and Judith Resnik

Amy Kapczynski ’03 is an Associate Professor of Law at Yale Law School and director of the Global Health Justice Partnership and Judith Resnik is the Arthur Liman Professor of Law at Yale Law School.

Wednesday, June 10, 2015


The Trans-Pacific Partnership — Is It Bad for Your Health?—A Commentary by Amy Kapczynski ’03

Amy Kapczynski ’03 is an Associate Professor of Law at Yale Law School and director of the Global Health Justice Partnership.

Thursday, February 12, 2015


From Farm to Fork to Landfill — Yale Law School Debuts Food Law and Policy Course

Yale Law School launches its first ever food law and policy class in response to strong student interest in this growing area of law.

Wednesday, January 21, 2015


A New Meaning of the Light Bulb—A Commentary by Ian Ayres ’86 and Amy Kapczynski ’03

Ian Ayres ’86 is the William K. Townsend Professor of Law at Yale Law School and Amy Kapczynski ’03 is an Associate Professor of Law at Yale Law School and director of the Global Health Justice Partnership. 

Monday, January 12, 2015


Necessity’s Child—A Commentary by Ian Ayres ’86 and Amy Kapczynski ’03

Ian Ayres ’86 is the William K. Townsend Professor of Law at Yale Law School and Amy Kapczynski ’03 is an Associate Professor of Law at Yale Law School and director of the Global Health Justice Partnership. 

Thursday, December 11, 2014


Let India Make Cheap Drugs—A Commentary by David Singh Grewal ’02 and Amy Kapczynski ’03

David Singh Grewal ’02 is an Associate Professor of Law at Yale Law School and Amy Kapczynski ’03 is an Associate Professor of Law at Yale Law School and director of the Global Health Justice Partnership. 

Tuesday, October 7, 2014


Yale Law School to Hold Conference on First Amendment in the Shadow of Public Health

The Public Health in the Shadow of the First Amendment Conference will take place at Yale Law School on October 17 and 18.

Monday, February 24, 2014


Working Across Borders: The Yale Global Health Justice Partnership

It’s a cold day in December, and nearly two dozen student and post-graduate fellows from six of Yale University’s professional schools have gathered at the Law School for a colloquium lunch with faculty members to discuss the work of global health justice, an emerging discipline located at the intersection of law, public health, and policy advocacy. The event is part of the programming and coursework organized by the Yale Global Health Justice Partnership (GHJP), a new collaborative effort between Yale Law School and the Yale School of Public Health (YSPH).

Friday, October 7, 2011


Amy Kapczynski ’03 to Join Law School Faculty in January as Associate Professor of Law

Amy Kapczynski ’03 has been appointed an associate professor of law at Yale Law School.

Monday, March 21, 2011


A Conversation with Rachel Maddow March 28, Open to Yale Community

MSNBC TV host Rachel Maddow will be at Yale Law School on March 28 for a Q&A with Visiting Associate Professor Amy Kapczynski ’03.

PUBLISHED ARTICLES

‘Government Patent Use’: A Legal Approach To Reducing Drug Spending’, Health Affairs, Mar. 2 2016 

Innovation Sticks: The Limited Case for Penalizing Failures to Innovate, 81 Chi. L. Rev. 1781 (2015) (with Ian Ayres)

The Trans-Pacific Partnership — Is it Bad for Your Health?, New England Journal of Medicine (July 16, 2015)

Free Speech and Pharmaceutical Regulation: Fishy Business, JAMA Internal Medicine (March 2016)

Resist Pressure at Any Price, Business Today (India), Jan. 17, 2016 (with David Grewal)

Engineered in India: Patent Law 2.0, New Eng. J. Med. (July 17, 2013).

The Continuum of Excludability and the Limits of Patents, 120 Yale L. J. 1900 (2013) (with Talha Syed)

The Cost of Price: Why and How to Get Beyond Intellectual Property Internalism, 59 UCLA L. Rev. 970 (2012)

Access to Knowledge: A Conceptual Genealogy,” in Access to Knowledge in the Age ofIntellectual Property (Zone Press 2010, Gaëlle Krikorian and Amy Kapczynski, eds.)

Harmonization and its Discontents: A Case Study of TRIPS Implementation in India’s Pharmaceutical Sector, 97 Calif. L. Rev. 1571 (2009)

The Access to Knowledge Mobilization and the New Politics of Intellectual Property, 117 Yale L. J. 804 (2008)

Addressing Global Health Inequities: An Open Licensing Approach for University Innovations, 20 Berkeley Tech. L.J. 1031 (2005) (with Samantha Chaifetz, Zachary Katz, & Yochai Benkler)

Historicism, Progress, and the Redemptive Constitution, 26 Cardozo L. Rev. 1041 (2005)

EDITED BOOKS

Access to Knowledge in the Age of Intellectual Property (Zone Press 2010, Gaëlle Krikorian and Amy Kapczynski, eds.)

SELECTED ESSAYS

The Story of the TAC Case: The Potential and Limits of Socio-Economic Rights Litigation in South Africa, in Human Rights Advocacy Stories (Foundation Press 2009) (with Jonathan Berger)

Commentary: Innovation Policy for a New Era, 37 J. of Law, Medicine & Ethics 264 (June 2009)

Is Bayh-Dole Good for Developing Countries? Lessons from the US Experience, 6 Plos Biology e262 (Oct. 1, 2008) (with Anthony D. So, Bhaven N. Sampat, Arti K. Rai, Robert Cook-Deegan, Jerome H. Reichman, and Robert Weissman)

The Access to Knowledge Mobilization and the New Politics of Intellectual Property, 117 Yale L.J. Pocket Part 262 (2008)

Linking Ideas to Outcomes: A Response, 117 Yale L.J. Pocket Part 289 (2008)