She will spend fall 2019 semester in Helsinki, Finland
The U.S. Department of State and the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board are pleased to announce that Sharon K. Sandeen, the Robins Kaplan Distinguished Professor in Intellectual Property Law and director of the IP Institute at Mitchell Hamline School of Law, has been awarded the Fulbright-Hanken Distinguished Chair in Business and Economics for 2019-20, sponsored by the Fulbright Finland Commission. Her host institution is the Hanken School of Economics, Department of Accounting and Commercial Law, located in Helsinki, Finland.
A scholar of U.S. and international trade secret law, Professor Sandeen has recently expanded her research to explore the ways that businesses create, collect, manage, and discard information of all types, an area of law and practice known as information law and governance. Working in collaboration with Professor Nari Lee of Hanken, Professor Sandeen’s grant research will examine how companies in the United States and the European Union manage the information they create and receive; whether and to what extent U.S. and EU companies are instituting information governance processes and best practices; and how the EU Trade Secret Directive is being implemented by Finland and other EU Member States.
Hanken School of Economics is a leading, internationally accredited university with over 100 years of experience in education and research in economics and business administration and is a member of the IPR University Center. The IPR University Center is a joint institute of six Finnish universities that was created to produce research and education related to all types of intellectual property rights (IPRs) and to create collaboration between researchers and institutions representing different disciplines as well as to encourage links between universities and the business world.
Professor Sandeen is one of over 800 U.S. citizens who will teach, conduct research, and/or provide expertise abroad for the 2019-20 academic year through the Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program. She plans to spend the fall 2019 semester at Hanken. Recipients of Fulbright awards are selected on the basis of academic and professional achievement as well as record of service and demonstrated leadership in their respective fields. The Fulbright Distinguished Chair Awards comprise approximately 40 distinguished lecturing, distinguished research, and distinguished lecturing/research awards and are viewed as among the most prestigious appointments in the Fulbright Scholar Program.
The Fulbright Program is the flagship international educational exchange program sponsored by the U.S. government and is designed to build lasting connections between the people of the United States and the people of other countries. Since its establishment in 1946 under legislation introduced by the late U.S. Senator J. William Fulbright of Arkansas, the Fulbright Program has given more than 380,000 students, scholars, teachers, artists, and scientists the opportunity to study, teach, and conduct research, exchange ideas, and contribute to finding solutions to shared international concerns.
Fulbright recipients address critical global issues in all disciplines, while building relationships, knowledge, and leadership in support of the long-term interests of the United States. Fulbright alumni have achieved distinction in many fields, including 59 who have been awarded the Nobel Prize, 82 who have received Pulitzer Prizes, and 37 who have served as a head of state or government.