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Professor Steven D. Jamar

Howard University School of Law
Houston Hall Rm. 402

B.A., 1975, Carleton College
J.D., 1979, Hamline College of Law
LL.M., 1994, International and Comparative Law, Georgetown University Law Center

For the 2014-15 academic year Prof. Jamar is teaching Constitutional Law II and International Law of Human Rights in the fall and Constitutional Law I and Copyrights in the spring. Professor Jamar joined the HUSL faculty in 1990 as Director of the Legal Reasoning, Research, & Writing Program, a position he held from 1990 to 2002. He has taught a variety of other courses at HUSL and elsewhere including International Law of Human Rights, IP in International Business Transactions, International Moot Court Team, LRRW I & II, Drafting, Contracts, UCC, ADR, Computer Law, Civil Litigation Clinic, and Introduction to Intellectual Property.

Prof. Jamar is the Director of the International Programs of the Institute for Intellectual Property and Social Justice. Prof. Lateef Mtima is the IIPSJ Director. IIPSJ was the brainchild of Prof. Mtima who recruited Prof. Jamar in 2002 to help him create and build it. IIPSJ addresses the relationship between intellectual property and social justice domestically and internationally and works to improve the opportunities for HUSL students to enter IP practice. The institute performs its mission in a number of ways including sponsoring relevant scholarship, involving HUSL students in IP courses and issues, designing the IP curriculum, sponsoring student internships CLEinstruction in IP to practicing attorneys, advocacy on IP issues with a significant social justice component, and working with WIPO and other groups on IP and social justice and economic empowerment issues. Professor Jamar has made a number of professional presentations and has published articles in the area of international human rights and IP.

Another significant project to which Prof. Jamar contributed was the Howard University commemoration of the 50th anniversary of Brown v. Board of Education. Prof. Jamar was a member of the Brown@50 Planning Committee and is the webmaster for the Brown@50 website.

Prof. Jamar's scholarly work is wide ranging. HIs more recent work has concentrated on various aspects of social justice and intellectual property including IP's relationship to international human rights; copyright in the social networking context; the relationships among IP, social justice, entrepreneurship, and economic empowerment; and the importance of a social justice underpinning for an IP Institute.

Prior work includes presenting a paper on the international human right of freedom of religion at an Oxford Round Table Conference at Oxford University in 2002 and publishing articles and making presentations in the areas of comparative law, legal rhetoric, ADR, Brown v. Board of Education, and international human rights.

Many of his works are available for download from his SSRN author's page at http://ssrn.com/author=812426.

Professor Jamar consulted with the Law Library of Congress on its GLIN (Global Legal Information Network) project. In that effort he was one of the authors of an early version of an xml dtd for GLIN.  At the 2003 GLIN Annual Meeting of member countries from throughout the world, he was the moderator of a panel on the right of access to legal information.

In the late 1990s he consulted with NASA and the Law Library of Congress on the ELIS (Environmental Legal Information System) project.  The ELIS investigators explored the use of computer-related technology and the Internet to link environmentally-related data, including both GIS information and remote sensing data (such as satellite-generated images), to environmental treaties, laws, and regulations in order to make the information more accessible to environmental policy makers, environmental planners, and environmental law enforcement offices worldwide. 

Representative Publications

When the Author Owns the World: Copyright Issues Arising from Monetizing Fan Fiction, 1 Tex. A & M L. Rev. 959 (2014) Co-authored with Christen B’anca Glenn

A Social Justice Perspective on the Role of Copyright in Realizing International Human Rights, 25 Pac. McGeorge Global Bus. & Development L.J. 289 (2012)

Co-author with Prof. Lateef Mtima, A Social Justice Perspective on Intellectual Property, Innovation, and Entrepreneurship, Ch. 6 in Megan Carpenter, ed., Entrepreneurship and Innovation in Evolving Economies: The Role of Law (Elgar Law and Entrepreneurship Series 2012)

Religious Use of Copyrighted Works after Smith, RFRA, and Eldred, 32 Cardozo L. Rev. 1879 (2011)

Co-author with Prof. Lateef Mtima, Fulfilling the Copyright Social Justice Promise: Digitizing Textual Information, 55 N.Y.L. Sch. L. Rev. 77-108 (2010)

Crafting Copyright Law to Encourage and Protect User-Generated Content in the Internet Social Networking Context, 19 Widener L.J. 843-872 (2010)

Resolving Intellectual Property License Disputes Out of Court, 24 (no. 9) The Computer and Internet Lawyer 24-33 (Sept. 2007)

Webmaster and author of most of the original works on the Brown@50 website including a brief history of Brown v. Board of Education, biographies of some of the key players involved, and an annotated chronology relating to Brown (2004-2012)

Copyright and the Public Interest from the Perspective of Brown v. Board of Education, 48 How. L. J. 629-657 (2005)

Aristotle Teaches Persuasion: The Psychic Connection, 8 Scribes 61-102 (2001-2002)

A Lawyering Approach to Law and Development, 27 N.C. J. Int'l L. & Com. Reg. 31-66 (2001)

Accommodating Religion at Work: A Principled Approach to Title VII and Religious Freedom 40 N.Y.L. Sch. L. Rev. 719-832 (1996) (introduction)

The International Human Right to Health, 22 Southern U. L. Rev. 1-68 (1994) (abstract)

The Protection of Intellectual Property under Islamic Law, 21 Cap. U. L. Rev. 1079-1106 (1992)(abstract)

last updated 20 May 2014