Silke von Lewinski
Silke von Lewinski is tenured at the Max Planck Institute for Innovation and Competition, Munich and specialises in international and European copyright law. Adjunct Professor at the Munich Intellectual Property Law Center, Munich; Ass. Professor at Zagreb University.
Prof. von Lewinski frequently has been a legal expert consulting the European Commission, eg on the Rental Rights Directive (drafting of EC proposal and steering it through legislative process), and regarding the WIPO Diplomatic Conference 1996 (preparation; member of the EC delegation). At the WIPO Diplomatic Conferences 2000 and 2012 (Audiovisual Performances; outcome: Beijing Treaty) and 2013 (Access for Visually Impaired Persons; outcome: Marrakesh Treaty), she was a delegate (2012 and 2013: Deputy Head of Delegation) for Germany. She has been the chief legal expert consulting the governments of Eastern and Central European and former Soviet countries on their copyright legislation in the framework of the initial EC’s TA programs from 1995 and has been working under subsequent programs, including in Asia.
Her book publications include “The WIPO Treaties on Copyright”, 2nd edn OUP 2015, with Reinbothe (1st edn: “The WIPO Treaties 1996” (London 2002; Chinese edn. 2008, Renmin University Press), the treatise “International Copyright Law and Policy” (OUP 2008, Chinese edn. 2017), and, with MM Walter et al., “European Copyright Law” (OUP 2010); she edited “Indigenous Heritage and Intellectual Property” (Kluwer, 2004, 2nd edn. 2008; Chinese edn. 2011, China Democracy and Legality), and “Copyright throughout the World” (West Thomson, 2008, with annual updates).
Frequent visiting professorships worldwide (eg, Paris XI; Toulouse 1; Univ. Laval, Québec; Univ. Melbourne; China University of Political Science and Law, Beijing). First Walter Minton Visiting Scholar at Columbia University School of Law, New York (1998) and repeated invitations; the First Distinguished Visitor to the IP Research Institute of Australia (IPRIA, 2002); and The Hosier Distinguished Visiting IP Scholar, DePaul University, Chicago, 2005.
Membership, eg: Vice President of ALAI, President of ALAI Germany; Editorial Board of the Journal of the Copyright Society of the USA; International Editoral Board of “Les Cahiers de la Propriété Intellectuelle”, Canada; Member of Administrative Council of VG Wort.