Margaret Chon

Donald and Lynda Horowitz Professor for the Pursuit of Justice
Curriculum Vitae


Sullivan Hall 440
(206) 398-4042


A.B., Cornell University College of Arts and Science, 1979
M.H.S.A., University of Michigan School of Public Health, 1981
J.D., cum laude, University of Michigan Law School, 1986


Civil Procedure
Copyright Law
Intellectual Property
Race and Law


Copyright Law (INTP-320-E)


Since joining the Seattle University faculty in 1996, Margaret Chon has been a dedicated scholar and teacher of intellectual property and critical theory. She is currently the Donald & Lynda Horowitz Professor for the Pursuit of Justice, and formerly Associate Dean for Research. Her current scholarship explores the global governance dimensions of intellectual property, especially their distributional consequences. During the 2011-12 year, she was the Senior Global Emile Noël Research Fellow in the Jean Monnet Center for International and Regional Economic Law & Justice at New York University School of Law.

Following graduation from law school in 1986, Chon worked for a year as a staff attorney at the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit. She then clerked for the Honorable A. Leon Higginbotham, Jr., and practiced intellectual property law with Schnader, Harrison, Segal & Lewis in Philadelphia. Immediately prior to her first academic appointment, she served in an administrative clerkship with Chief Judge Dolores K. Sloviter of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit, where she assisted in the revision of the local Third Circuit rules. Throughout her professional career, she has been and continues to be active in various community and professional organizations. She is a member of the American Law Institute and a fellow of the American Bar Foundation.


SSRN Author Page 


Book Launch at the 2018 Global Congress for Intellectual Property and the Public Interest (September 2018)


RACE, RIGHTS AND REPARATION: LAW AND THE JAPANESE AMERICAN INTERNMENT with Eric Yamamoto, Jerry Kang, Carol Izumi and Frank Wu (Aspen Law & Business, 1st ed. 2001, 2d ed. 2013)

Book Chapters

Leveraging Certification Marks for Public Health, in INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY AND HEALTH-RELATED GOODS EMERGING ISSUES, CHALLENGES AND OPPORTUNITIES FOR IP REGIMES (Alberto Alemanno and Enrico Bonadio, eds., Edward Elgar Press, 2016)

An Economy of Scarcity (of Smart Information), in THE INTERNET AND THE EMERGING IMPORTANCE OF NEW FORMS OF INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY (Susy Frankel and Daniel Gervais, eds., Wolters Kluwer, 2016)

Intellectual Property and Theories of Developmental Justice in INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY, TRADE AND DEVELOPMENT:  STRATEGIES TO OPTIMIZE ECONOMIC DEVEOPMENT IN A TRIPS PLUS ERA, 2nd ed. (Daniel Gervais, ed., Oxford University Press, forthcoming 2014).

Slow Logo:  Brand Citizenship in Global Value Networks, SAGE HANDBOOK OF IP (Matthew David and Deborah Halbert, eds., Sage Publications, forthcoming 2014).

Marks and More(s):  Certification in Global Value Chains, in TRADEMARK PROTECTION AND TERRITORIALITY CHALLENGES IN A GLOBAL ECONOMY (Irene Calboli and Edward Lee, edsl, Edward Elgar Press 2014).

PPPs in Global IP (Public-Private Partnerships in Global Intellectual Property), Jean Monnet Center for International and Regional Economic Law and Justice (2013); reprinted in METHODS AND PERSPECTIVES IN INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY (Graeme Dinwoodie, ed., Edward Elgar Press 2013).

Copyright and Capability for Education: An Approach from Below
in INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY AND HUMAN DEVELOPMENT: CURRENT TRENDS AND FUTURE SCENARIOS (Tzen Wong, Public Interest Intellectual Property Advisors, and Graham Dutfield, eds., 2011, Cambridge University Press), available at:

A Rough Guide to Global Intellectual Property Pluralism in WORKING WITHIN THE BOUNDARIES OF INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY (Rochelle Dreyfuss, Harry First and Diane Zimmerman, eds., 2010, Oxford University Press).

A Substantive Equality Principle Within Global Copyright, in Questions on Copyright (Faculdade de Direitos de Campos [Brazil], ed.) (2009).

Substantive Equality in International Intellectual Property Norm-Setting, in Intellectual Property, Trade and Development (Daniel Gervais, ed., 2007, Oxford University Press).

Resurrecting Korematsu: Post 9/11 National Security Restrictions on Civil Liberties (Eric Yamamoto ed., 2003) (with Eric Yamamoto), available at:

Erasing Race? A Critical Race Feminist View of Internet Identity-Shifting, in Cyberethics (Halbert and Inguili, eds. 2001); Critical Race Feminism: A Reader 2d ed. (Adrien Wing, ed., New York University Press 2003).

New Wine Bursting From Old Bottles: Collaborative Internet Art, Joint Works, in A Copyright Anthology: The Technology Frontier (R. Chused, ed. 1998).

False Flattery Gets Us Nowhere, in The Bell Curve Debate: A Reader (1995).

Reasons for Reasoning About Sex, in The Eyes of Justice 17 (1993).


Trademark Goodwill as a Public Good: Brands and Innovations in Corporate Social Responsibility, 21 Lewis and Clark Law Review 277 (2017)

Copyright's Other Functions: A Partial Reply to Judge McKeown, 15 Chicago-Kent Journal of Intellectual Property 101 (2016)

Tracermarks: A Proposed Information Intervention, 53 Houston Law Review 101 (2015)

Slow Logo:  Brand Citizenship in Global Value Networks, 47 UC Davis Law Review 935 (2014).

Derrick A. Bell, Jr.:  Serving Two Masters Elegantly, 36 Seattle U.L. Rev. xii (2013).

Law Professor as Artist, 90 Oregon Law Review (2012)

The Romantic (Collective) Author, 14 Vanderbilt Journal of Entertainment and Technology Law 829 (2012)

Super-Colleague, 45 UC Davis Law Review 1901 (2012)

Sticky Knowledge in Copyright, 2011 Wisconsin Law Review 177

Crowdsourcing the Work-Family Debate: Introduction, 34 Seattle Law Review 649 (2011) (colloquium on Joan C. Williams, RESHAPING THE WORK-FAMILY DEBATE: WHY MEN AND CLASS MATTER)

Global Intellectual Property Governance (Under Construction), in Theoretical Inquiries in Law (2011)

Intellectual Property Equality, 9 Seattle Journal for Social Justice (2010)

Remembering and Repairing: Before Us, In Our Presence, 8 Seattle Journal for Social Justice 643 (2010)

Marks of Rectitude, 77 Fordham L. Rev. 2311 (2009).

Slouching Towards Development in International Intellectual Property, 2007 Mich. St. L. Rev. 71, with Denis Borges Barbosa and Andrés Moncayo von Hase.

Intellectual Property From Below: Copyright and Capability for Education, 40 UC Davis Law Review (2007); excerpted in Human Rights and Intellectual Property: Analysis and Sources (Graeme Austin and Laurence Helfer, eds., Cambridge University Press 2010).

Intellectual Property and the Development Divide, 27 Cardozo Law Review 2821 (April 2006).

Walking While Muslim, 68 Law and Contemporary Problems 215 (Spring 2005), with Donna E. Arzt.

Reflections on Asian American Heritage Month (distributed by the Progressive Media Network and re-published under various titles, May 2002).

Transforming Talks: Public Dialogue About Social Justice in a Post-9-11 Age, 1 Seattle J. Soc. Just. 13 (2002).

A Symposium Tribute to Judge A. Leon Higginbotham Jr.: The Mentor and His Message, 33 Loy. L.A. L. Rev. 973 (2000).

Erasing Race? A Critical Race Feminist View of Internet Identity-Shifting, 3 J. Gender Race & Just. 439 (2000), reprinted in Cyberethics (Halbert and Inguili, eds. 2001); Critical Race Feminism: A Reader 2d ed. (Adrien Wing, ed. 2003).

The Marketplace of Ideas in Cyberspace, 51 Mercer L. Rev. 859 (2000).

Introduction: Critical Race Praxis and Legal Scholarship, 5 Mich. J. Race & L. 35 (1999) (with Keith Aoki).

Radical Plural Democracy and the Internet, 33 Cal. W. L. Rev. 143 (1997).

Introduction: Internet Law Symposium, 20 Seattle U. L. Rev. 613 (1997).

Chon on Chang on Chen, 81 Iowa L. Rev. 1535 (1996).

New Wine Bursting from Old Bottles: Collaborative Internet Art, Joint Works, and Entrepreneurship, 75 Or. L. Rev. 257 (1996).

On the Need for Asian American Narratives in Law: Ethnic Specimens, Native Informants, Storytelling and Silences, 3 UCLA-Asian Pac. Am. L.J. 4 (1995).

Cyberspace and the Law, 5 Internet Res. 91 (1995). (resource review)

Combatting Anti-Asian/Pacific Islander Violence appendix to Crimes Motivated by Hatred: The Constitutionality and Impact of Hate Crime Legislation in the U.S., 1 Syracuse J. Legis. Pol'y 47 (1995).

Reasons for Reasoning About Sex, The Eyes of Justice (proceedings of the Seventh Round Table on Law and Semiotics, Center for Semiotic Research in Law, Government and Economics at Penn State, R. Kevelson, ed., 1993).

Postmodern "Progress": Reconsidering the Copyright and Patent Power, 43 DePaul L. Rev. 97 (1993).

Multidimensional Lawyering and Professional Responsibility, 43 Syracuse L. Rev. 1137 (1992).

Retention of Knowledge and Self-care Skills After an Intensive In-patient Diabetes Education Program, 2 Diabetes Res. and Clinical Prac. 51 (1986) (with Margaret Howard, Carol Barnett and Fredric M. Wolf).

Book Reviews and Review Essays


Disoriented: Asian Americans, Law and the Nation-State, 29 Amerasia J. 267 (2003).

Blade Runner Meets Superman: Replicants, Truth, Justice and the American Way, a review of J.M. Balkin, CULTURAL SOFTWARE: A THEORY OF IDEOLOGY, Jurist Books-on-Law, available at (February 1999).

Acting Upon: Immigrant Acts: On Asian American Cultural Politics, 76 Or. L. Rev. 765 (1997) (book review).

Being Between: A Review of Chinese Women Traversing Diaspora: Memoirs, Essays, and Poetry, 17 Loy. L.A. Ent. L. Rev. 571 (1997).

Sex Stories: A Review of Sex and Reason, 62 Geo. Wash. L. Rev. 162 (1993) (book review), reprinted in Employment Discrimination Law (Ravitch, McDonald and Sumners, eds.).

Digital Works

Learning Cyberlaw in Cyberspace, available at (August 1999) (with Lydia Loren et al.).

Course materials for Internet Law (Spring 1999), available at