Sean A. Pager
Associate Professor of Law; Associate Director, Intellectual Property, Information & Communications Law Program (IPIC)
Law College Building
648 N. Shaw Lane Rm 329
East Lansing, MI 48824-1300
J.D. Order of the Coif 1998, U.C. Berkeley (Boalt Hall); A.B. magna cum laude 1989, Harvard University; LL.M. European University Institute
Curriculum Vitae (PDF)
Prior to joining the Law College faculty, Professor Pager taught as a visiting professor at University of Richmond, Seattle University, and Indiana University-Bloomington.
Professor Pager’s scholarship explores ways in which intellectual property regimes affect development and cultural identities. Much of his recent work has focused on creative industries. He has a particular interest in legal capacity building issues related to “Creative Upstarts,” a rubric that embraces both indie filmmakers and musicians in the U.S. as well as emerging content industries in the developing world. Professor Pager has also written on traditional knowledge and cultural heritage rights and has a longstanding interest in geographical indications.
While at U.C. Berkeley, Professor Pager served as associate editor on the California Law Review. Following law school, he practiced as a litigation associate at Howard Rice in San Francisco and clerked for the Honorable Judge James Browning on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. Prior to entering academia, Professor Pager earned an LL.M. in International Law from the European University Institute in Florence, Italy, while studying on a Fulbright Fellowship.
Professor Pager is a member of the Academic Advisory Board of the Copyright Alliance and the Association of Teachers and Researchers in Intellectual Property Law. He is admitted to the California bar.