Brian Lee

Professor of Law

250 Joralemon Street
Brooklyn, NY 11201
(718) 780-0620 |  Email  | CV
Areas of Expertise

Intellectual Property
International Law

B.A., University of California, Berkeley
M.A., University of California, Los Angeles
Ph.D., Princeton University
J.D., Yale Law School

International Law

This course delves into the fundamentals of international law. It introduces students to the institutions, doctrines, and methodologies of public international law, and provides the foundation for all subsequent specialized courses. International law covers a vast sea of substantive areas, ranging from the use of force, the law of armed conflict, and international criminal law, to international economic law (trade and investment) and human rights, to the law of the sea and international environmental law. While this course will expose you to most of these substantive areas along the way, it will not be taught as a general survey. The ambition of the course is rather to teach you the deep structure of the system, and to equip you with the key critical tools to teach yourself any substantive area of international law you encounter throughout your careers. We will focus primarily on the sources of international law, the subjects of international law, and the mechanisms for responsibility and accountability within the international legal order. These methods will then be illustrated through case studies in two key areas: the use of force and international economic law.

Grading and Method of Evaluation:

Letter grade with pass/fail option. Take-home exam.

Introduction to Intellectual Property

This course introduces the major doctrines in American intellectual property law and the theoretical rationales that support them. The principal focus will be on the three main pillars of modern intellectual property regulation: copyright, trademark, and patent. Trade secret, unfair competition, and related state law systems will also receive attention. The course provides a basic grounding in each major substantive area while exploring significant common elements among the doctrines and some of the difficult problems that arise at their intersections. Students who would like to get a basic grounding in IP law, or who are unsure of whether they intend to focus on IP law might wish to take this course. Students who know that they are interested in IP law might wish to take the basic courses in Copyright, Trademark, and Patent instead of this survey. Students who have already taken, or are concurrently taking, any two of those courses are precluded from taking this survey course.

Grading and Method of Evaluation:

Letter grade with pass/fail option. Final exam.

Journal of Law and Policy

The Journal of Law and Policy is a scholarly journal of analysis and commentary addressing a range of issues involving legal doctrine and public policy. Students administer the Journal and engage in law and policy research, write their own notes and comments, and solicit, evaluate, and edit the submissions of outside authors. The Journal is published twice annually.


This course introduces students to the laws governing real and personal property transfer and ownership. Topics covered may include the historical development of various kinds of present and future interests in property; the sale and financing of real estate; landlord-tenant law; land use regulation; gifts of personal property; and non-traditional property rights.

Grading and Method of Evaluation:

Letter grade only. Final exam.


When a court decides a case, it must answer two basic questions. The first, familiar from most law school courses, is which party should "win." However, what that "victory" actually amounts to depends upon a crucial second question: What will (or should) a court order to vindicate the winning party's rights? In practice the question of exactly what a winning party will receive matters to litigants at least as much as the question of who will win does, and determining what remedy is appropriate in a given case often involves challenging theoretical issues. This course will examine the main remedies available to courts and litigants, in both law and equity, and how courts choose among them. Topics will include damages, injunctions, restitution, and declaratory remedies.

Grading and Method of Evaluation:

Letter grade with pass/fail option. A final exam is required.