Amy Kapczynski

Associate Professor of Law, School of Law

Director, Global Health Justice Partnership

Yale University

Yale Law School
P.O. Box 208215
New Haven, CT 06520

(203) 432-8005

Website: Yale faculty profile

Issues: Intellectual Property

About Amy Kapczynski

Amy Kapczynski is an Associate Professor of Law at Yale Law School and director of the Global Health Justice Partnership. She joined the Yale Law faculty in January 2012. In 2010-2011, she served as a Visiting Associate Professor of Law at Yale Law School and Irving S. Ribicoff Fellow in Law. She was previously an Assistant Professor of Law at the University of California, Berkeley, School of Law (Boalt Hall). Professor Kapczynski is currently on leave for the fall of 2013.

Professor Kapczynski’s research interests center on international law, intellectual property, and global health. She has clerked for the U.S. Supreme Court (for Justices O'Connor and Breyer, 2005-06) and the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit (for Judge Guido Calabresi, 2003-04). She was awarded a post-doctoral fellowship at the Yale Law School and the Yale School of Public Health (2004-2005; 2006-2007). In 2001, Professor Kapczynski helped lead efforts that resulted in Yale University and Bristol-Myers Squibb permitting generic competition and providing steep price discounts for an important anti-AIDS drug in South Africa. Drawing on this experience, she co-founded Universities Allied for Essential Medicines with other students in 2002.

She received her A.B. from Princeton University, M. Phil. from Cambridge University, M.A. from Queen Mary and Westfield College at University of London, and J.D. from Yale Law School. At Yale Law School, she was Articles Editor of The Yale Law Journal and co-founder and Advocacy Director of the Yale AIDS Network. She was awarded a post-doctoral fellowship at Yale Law School and the Yale School of Public Health.


A.B., Politics and Women's Studies, Princeton University
M. Phil., Sociology and Politics of Modern Society, Cambridge University
M.A., Literature, Queen Mary and Westfield College, University of London
J.D., Yale Law School