Shyamkrishna Balganesh

Shyamkrishna Balganesh

Scholar Title:

Sol Goldman Professor of Law

Department: Columbia Law School

Colleges / Universities: Columbia University


Jerome Greene Hall, Room 730
435 West 116th Street
New York, NY 10027

Phone Number: (212) 854-3264


Shyamkrishna Balganesh is the Sol Goldman Professor of Law at Columbia University Law School. He writes and teaches in the areas of copyright law, intellectual property, and legal theory. He has written extensively on understanding how intellectual property and innovation policy can benefit from the use of ideas, concepts, and structures from different areas of the common law, especially private law.

Professor Balganesh’s recent work explores the interaction between copyright law and key institutional features of the American legal system. He is also working on a series of articles advancing an account of “legal internalism” that explains the shape and trajectory of legal thinking. His work has appeared in leading law journals, including the Columbia Law Review, Harvard Law Review, Stanford Law Review, University of Pennsylvania Law Review, and Yale Law Journal. He is also a co-author of sections of the leading copyright law treatise Nimmer on Copyright.

In 2017, Professor Balganesh was elected a member of the American Law Institute, and since 2015 he has served as an adviser to the Restatement of the Law, Copyright. He has also been recognized for his teaching: In 2017, he received the Robert A. Gorman Award for Excellence in Teaching and, in 2015, the A. Leo Levin Award for Excellence in an Introductory Course, both at the University of Pennsylvania Law School.


J.D. Yale, 2007

M.Phil. Oxford, 2005

B.C.L. Oxford, 2004

B.A. LL.B. (Hons.), National Law School of India, 2003