Anuj Desai

Professor of Law

Telephone: 608-263-7605
Office: Room 8102, Law School

J.D., Univ. of California-Berkeley (Boalt Hall)
Master's in International Affairs, Columbia U.
A.B. (Mathematics), Harvard University

Teaching Areas:
Constitutional Law: First Amendment

Recently Taught Courses
746 Legislation
752 Copyright Law
899 Wisconsin Law Review
904 SP Con Law: First Amendment
940 Legislation & Regulation


Anuj C. Desai is a Professor of Law at the University of Wisconsin, where he teaches in both the law school and the School of Library and Information Studies, offering classes in Copyright, First Amendment, Legislation, Constitutional Law, and Cyberlaw.  He currently serves as a part-time Commissioner of the Foreign Claims Settlement Commission, an independent, quasi-judicial agency of the United States Department of Justice that adjudicates claims of U.S. nationals against foreign governments.

Professor Desai writes at the intersection of constitutional law and communications and information policy. His publications have appeared in the Stanford Law Review, Hastings Law Journal, Federal Communications Law Journal, and University of Pennsylvania Journal of Constitutional Law. His current research focuses on understanding the ways in which constitutional jurisprudence is shaped by different institutional contexts, with a focus on various types of information and communications networks. His papers are available for download on the Social Science Research Network.  Professor Desai has served as a visiting professor at the Johns Hopkins University-Nanjing University Center for Chinese and American Studies in Nanjing, China; National Tsing Hua University in Hsinchu, Taiwan; and National Taiwan University in Taipei, Taiwan.

Prior to entering academia, Professor Desai practiced law with the Seattle, Washington firm of Davis Wright Tremaine, where his practice focused primarily on First Amendment, defamation, newsgathering, copyright and trademark litigation. Before his time in private practice, he served as a legal assistant to the American judges at the Iran-United States Claims Tribunal in The Hague and clerked for the late Judge Louis F. Oberdorfer at the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia and Judge David S. Tatel at the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit. He also worked briefly in the Legal Adviser's Office at the U.S. State Department and also at the Legal Resources Centre in Grahamstown, South Africa.  

Professor Desai received his A.B. in Mathematics from Harvard University (where he was awarded a Henry Russell Shaw Fellowship), a Master's in International Affairs from Columbia University and a J.D. from the University of California-Berkeley (Boalt Hall), where he was Editor-in-Chief of the California Law Review.

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