Professor Michael Madison is Professor of Law at the University of Pittsburgh School of Law in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA. He is a Senior Scholar with the University of Pittsburgh Institute for Cyber Law, Policy, and Security (Pitt Cyber). At Pitt Law, he is Faculty Director of the Future Law Project and a John E. Murray Faculty Scholar.

As a researcher and teacher, Professor Madison focuses on institutions for producing, storing, and distributing knowledge. The scope of his writing includes information, data, creativity, innovation, and art; it ranges from the development of research universities to patent history, from the law of fair use and production of conceptual art to legal rules governing data, network security, and computer software. He is the author of more than 50 journal articles and book chapters, the co-author of The Law of Intellectual Property (Wolters Kluwer, 5th edition 2017), and the co-editor of Governing Knowledge Commons (Oxford University Press, 2014) and Governing Medical Knowledge Commons (Cambridge University Press, 2017). Professor Madison is the co-founder of the global research network titled the Workshop on Governing Knowledge Commons and the global law reform platform titled Future Law Works.

His awards and distinctions include the Chancellor’s Distinguished Teaching Award at Pitt, a fellowship from the Educating Tomorrow’s Lawyers project at the Institute for the Advancement of the American Legal System (IAALS) in Denver, and election to membership in the American Law Institute in 2016.

Before becoming a law professor in 1997, he practiced law for nearly 10 years in San Francisco and Silicon Valley.




Research and teaching relating to (i) intellectual property law, particularly copyright, (ii) knowledge and information institutions, including knowledge commons, (iii) innovation and creativity, (iv) leadership and leadership education, (v) higher education, legal education, and the legal profession, (vi) football/soccer, and (vii) post-industrial urbanism, with a focus on Pittsburgh.

Professor Michael J. Madison
University of Pittsburgh School of Law
3900 Forbes Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15260 USA
+1 412 648 7855 (ph)
madison [at] pitt [dot] edu
Twitter: @profmadison