Faculty Profiles

Ben Depoorter

Ben Depoorter

Visiting Professor
J.D. Ghent University, School of Law (Belgium), 1998
M.A. University of Hamburg (Germany), 1999
Ph.D. Ghent University (Belgium), 2003
LL.M. Yale Law School, 2003
J.S.D. Yale Law School, 2011

Ben Depoorter is a Visiting Professor at UCLA School of Law. He will teach Law and Economics for the January Term.

Depoorter is the Max Radin Distinguished Professor of Law at UC Hastings College of the Law, EMLE coordinator at CASLE Ghent University, and Affiliate Scholar at Stanford Law School’s Center for Internet at Society.

Copyright law is one of his major areas of expertise, where Depoorter has investigated a variety of questions relating to enforcement of intellectual property law in the digital era, including whether and how fees-shifting can be used to align incentives between authors in way that promote creativity, how punitive approaches to copyright law adversely impact copyright social norms, and how automated enforcement measures create false positives.

Litigation theory is Depoorter’s other major area of expertise, where he has investigated the strategic pursuit of losing litigation by interest groups that seek to mobilize public and political support, examined the feedback effect of tort settlements on legal precedent, and described the shaping effect of legal uncertainty and court delay.

Depoorter’s scholarship has appeared in UCLA Law Review, Columbia Law Review, California Law Review, Southern California Law Review, and University of Pennsylvania Law Review, among others. His interdisciplinary work on anticommons property is widely cited in American law reviews and international peer-reviewed journals and was featured in a 2010 issue of the New Yorker.

Depoorter earned his J.D. from Ghent University School of Law in Belgium, his M.A. from the University of Hamburg in Germany, his Ph.D. from Ghent University in Belgium, and his LL.M. and J.S.D. from Yale Law School on a full scholarship from the BAEF. As an Oscar Cox and Olin Fellow at Yale, Depoorter served as an editor on the Yale Journal on Regulation. He was a Santander Research Fellow at UC Berkeley and a recipient of a Fulbright scholarship.

Before becoming a law professor, Depoorter toured with his indierock band and released several LP records.