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Shani Shisha

Shani Shisha

S.J.D. Candidate

LL.M. Advisor
Research Fellow, Project on the Foundations of Private Law

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To Make Harder Those Acts Which Are Now Too Easy: A Consumer-Oriented Approach to Copyright Law

Straddling the divide between copyright law and consumer protection policy, my dissertation strives to forge a consumer-oriented approach to copyright law. I explore conventional theories of copyright law through the lens of consumer behavioral psychology, drawing on the conviction that consumers are both myopic (focused on the present rather than the future) and overoptimistic. I hope to limn the ways in which these behavioral aspects might map onto the normative universe of copyright theory. I also consider potential reforms to copyright doctrine by reference to different fora of consumer protection law, including insurance law and tenant–landlord law. Finally, I seek to develop a community-based framework for incorporating consumer protection principles into copyright law. I explore whether the disparity between consumers and copyright holders could be attenuated by social norms that arise out of consumer communities.

Fields of Research and Supervisors

  • Copyright Law and Theory with Professor William W. Fisher, Harvard Law School, Principal Faculty Supervisor
  • Consumer Protection Law and Behavioral Market Failures with Professor Oren Bar-Gill, Harvard Law School
  • Licensing Law and Extralegal Copyright Norms with Professor Rebecca Tushnet, Harvard Law School

Additional Research Interests

  • Law and Technology
  • Patent Law
  • Trademark Law
  • Privacy Law
  • Theories of Private Law


  • Harvard Law School, S.J.D. Candidate 2017-Present
  • Harvard Law School, LL.M., 2017
  • Tel Aviv University, Israel, LL.B., 2014

Academic Appointments and Fellowships

  • LL.M. Advisor, Graduate Program Fellow, Harvard Law School, 2017–2018
  • Student Fellow, Harvard Project on the Foundations of Private Law, 2017–2018
  • Teaching Fellow, CopyrightX, Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society, 2017
  • Summer Academic Fellow, Harvard Law School, 2017

Representative Publications

  • Aeyal Gross & Shani Shisha, Bodas de Sangre: Reflections on Family, Privacy and the Right to Demonstrate, 39 THE LAW: HUMAN RIGHTS 4 (2015) (Hebrew)

Additional Information

Languages: English, Hebrew
LinkedIn Profile

Last Updated: August 10, 2017