Christopher J. Buccafusco

Visiting Associate Professor of Law


B.S. 2001, Georgia Tech

J.D. 2004, University of Georgia School of Law

Areas of Expertise



Christopher Buccafusco’s research interests include intellectual property law, behavioral law and economics, law and psychology, and legal history. His recent work focuses on valuing creativity and innovation and on the application of happiness research to the law. His research has been supported by grants from Google, the Olin Foundation, and the Batten Foundation. 


His published articles have appeared in the Columbia Law Review, University of Chicago Law Review, California Law Review, Cornell Law Review and Georgetown Law Journal. Before coming to Chicago-Kent, Professor Buccafusco taught for a year as a visiting faculty member at the University of Illinois College of Law. He graduated from the University of Georgia School of Law in 2004 and earned a B.S. degree from Georgia Tech in 2001.


Professor Buccafusco is an associate professor of law at IIT Chicago-Kent. He was voted Professor of the Year by the Student Bar Association for 2009–10. In 2013, he received the IIT University Excellence in Teaching Award.  He teaches Torts, Copyright, and a course on Law & Food.


Do Bad Things Happen When Works Enter the Public Domain?: Empirical Tests of Copyright Term Extension, ___ Berkeley Technology Law Journal___ (forthcoming) (with Paul Heald).

What's a Name Worth? Valuing Attribution in Intellectual Property Law, ___Boston University Law Review ___ (forthcoming 2013) (with Christopher Sprigman & Zachary Burns).

Making Sense of Intellectual Property Law, 97 Cornell Law Review(forthcoming 2012).

The Creativity Effect, 78 University of Chicago Law Review 31 (2011) (with Christopher Sprigman).

Retribution and the Experience of Punishment, 98 California Law Review1463 (2010) (with John Bronsteen & Jonathan Masur).

Valuing Intellectual Property: An Experiment, 96 Cornell Law Review 1 (2010) (with Christopher Sprigman).

Welfare as Happiness, 98 Georgetown Law Journal 1583 (2010) (with John Bronsteen & Jonathan Masur).

Happiness and Punishment, 76 University of Chicago Law Review 1037 (2009) (with John Bronsteen and Jonathan Masur).

Hedonic Adaptation and the Settlement of Civil Lawsuits, 108 Columbia Law Review 1516 (2008) (with John Bronsteen and Jonathan Masur).

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