Harvard Law School professor to give Distinguished Gifford Lecture in Real Property on Nov. 10

University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa
Beverly Creamer, (808) 389-5736
Media Consultant, William S. Richardson School of Law
Posted: Oct 31, 2016

 Harvard Law School Professor Henry E. Smith
Harvard Law School Professor Henry E. Smith

Harvard Law School Professor Henry E. Smith, an authority on intellectual property and patent law, will give the 2016 Distinguished Gifford Lecture in Real Property at the UH Law School on Thursday, November 10, from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. in the Moot Court Room.

The lecture, titled “Property Law as a System,” is free and open to the public.  Light refreshments will follow. Parking is available for $6 in the Parking Structure.

Smith is the Fessenden Professor of Law at Harvard, where he directs the Project on the Foundation of Private Law.  He has written extensively on the law and economics of property and intellectual property, with a focus on how property-related institutions lower information costs and constrain behavior.

He teaches primarily in the areas of property, intellectual property, natural resources, remedies, and law and economics. His publications include:

  • The Oxford Introductions to U.S. Law: Property (2010, co-authored with Thomas W. Merrill).
  • Principles of Patent Law (6th ed., 2013, co-authored with F. Scott Kieff, Pauline Newman and Herbert F. Schwartz).
  • The Research Handbook on the Economics of Property Law (2011, co-editor with Kenneth Ayotte).
  • Philosophical Foundations of Property Law (2013, with James Penner).
  • Perspectives on Property Law (4th ed., 2014, with Robert C. Ellickson and Carol M. Rose).

Smith previously taught at Northwestern University School of Law and was the Fred A. Johnson Professor of Property and Environmental Law at Yale Law School.  He holds an AB from Harvard, a PhD in Linguistics from Stanford, and a JD from Yale. He clerked for the Honorable Ralph K. Winter, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit after law school.

In 2015-16, he served as the president of the Society for Institutional and Organizational Economics, and in 2014 the American Law Institute named him reporter for a Fourth Restatement of Property.

The Gifford Lecture, sponsored by the Carlsmith Ball law firm, offers annual lectures by outstanding national authorities on property law. It was established in 2002 by the Gifford Foundation to honor the superior real property work of David L. Callies, the Benjamin A. Kudo Professor of Law, and prominent local attorney Jerry M. Hiatt ’77.

“This has been a very impressive series,” said Richardson Law School Dean Avi Soifer, “and that fact is most fitting, particularly given that it is Professor Callies and Attorney Hiatt who are being honored through this string of first-rate lectures.”

For more information, visit: https://www.law.hawaii.edu/