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- BA, magna cum laude, Linguistics, Columbia University, 2013
- MSc, with distinction, Cognitive Science, University of Edinburgh, 2014
- MA, Linguistics, City University of New York, Graduate Center, 2017
- MPhil, Linguistics, City University of New York, Graduate Center, 2021
- JD, cum laude, Harvard Law School, 2020
Professor João Marinotti is an associate professor of law at the Indiana University Maurer School of Law. He is also affiliated with the Yale Law School Information Society Project and the Indiana University Center for IP Research. Professor Marinotti is a scholar of property and private law theory focusing especially on how interpersonal norms serve as societal baselines when regulating emerging technologies. This work has led Professor Marinotti to write on data governance, cryptocurrency and NFTs, and virtual reality, among other topics. He is also a scholar of legal interpretation, investigating the role of linguistics and philosophy of language in law. Professor Marinotti is on the executive committee of the Virtual Law & Technology Workshop and on the executive committee of the Law & Interpretation Section of the Association of American Law Schools (AALS).
Professor Marinotti is deeply invested in diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI). He is the Faculty Advisor to OUTLaw, Maurer’s LGBTQIA+ student organization and a faculty mentor for Latino/a/x students. His administrative roles in the Law School have also focused on DEI; Professor Marinotti has routinely served on the school’s Diversity & Inclusion Faculty Committee.
Professor Marinotti comes to Maurer from the Yale Law School Information Society Project, IU’s Center for Law Society and Culture, and Harvard Law School’s Project on the Foundations of Private Law. He received a J.D. cum laude from Harvard Law School, an M.Phil. and an M.A. in linguistics from the City University of New York, Graduate Center, an M.Sc. with Distinction in cognitive science from the University of Edinburgh, and B.A. magna cum laude in linguistics from Columbia University.
His research has been published in the Northwestern University Law Review, Maryland Law Review, and New York University Law Review Online. His legal blogs have appeared in Jurist and Lawfare. Professor Marinotti’s work has also been quoted by or cited in Forbes, Financial Times, Slate, The World Economic Forum, and UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization), among others.
In The Media
- Mentioned in "Cybercrime Disruption through Civil Litigation and Equitable Remedies," Lawfare Blog ( 05-10-2023 )
- Wrote "Can you truly own anything in the metaverse? A law professor explains how blockchains and NFTs don’t protect virtual property," The Conversation ( 04-21-2022 )
Areas of Expertise
- Intellectual property law
- Property law