Samuel Murumba

Professor of Law

250 Joralemon Street
Brooklyn, NY 11201
(718) 780-7577 |  Email  | CV
Areas of Expertise

International Human Rights
Intellectual Property

LL.B. (Hons), Makerere University, Kampala, Uganda
LL.M., Ph.D., Monash University, Melbourne

Copyright Law

Federal copyright law is examined. Topics specifically covered include authorship; copyright subject matter; the concepts of publication, notice, and registration; copyright infringement; remedies; ownership; transfer of interests; the interface between copyright and state laws; computers; fair use; and compulsory licenses.

Grading and Method of Evaluation:

Letter grade with pass/fail option. Final exam.

Human Rights and Intellectual Property Seminar

Human Rights, being fundamental and universal, used to belong to international law, while Intellectual Property, being instrumental and quintessentially territorial, belonged to domestic and private law. The last two decades, however, have changed all that. A rich and detailed body of Human Rights law has penetrated domestic systems, the traditional home of Intellectual Property. With the TRIPs Treaty, the Internet, and related developments, intellectual property has returned the favor, encroaching on many areas that were once the preserve of universal Human Rights. The result is a proliferation of intersections that require careful attention from lawyers, legislators, and policy-makers. This course will examine these multiple intersections between Human Rights (including domestic constitutional and civil rights correlates) and the law of Intellectual Property.

Grading and Method of Evaluation:

Letter grade with pass/fail option. A series of short papers required. Students may, for a third credit, expand one of those papers into a full-length term paper. Those who wish the paper to satisfy the Upperclass Writing Requirement will also undertake extra work, including rewrites, to develop it further into a one that satisfies the UCWR.

International Human Rights

This course will consist of a study of the normative basis and reach of human rights in international law as well as an examination of substantive human rights principles and their enforcement through international and United States mechanisms. Students will also have an opportunity to select a human rights problem from a list of contemporary human rights problems and to explore in depth the application of these principles and mechanisms towards its solution.

Grading and Method of Evaluation:

Letter grade only. Class participation and a take-home exam. A limited number of students may write a research paper in lieu of the final exam. The scope and quality will exceed the requirements for the UCWR and so may be used to satisfy that requirement.


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.

Trademark and Unfair Competition

This course entails an analysis of the law of trademarks and unfair competition, including the creation, acquisition and enforcement of common law rights, and a study of the federal Lanham Act. A survey of the practice and procedure before the United States Patent and Trademark Office is included.

Grading and Method of Evaluation:

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