Sabrina Safrin

Professor of Law and Arthur L. Dickson Scholar

Professor Safrin earned her J.D. from Boalt Hall School of Law at the University of California at Berkeley and her B.A. magna cum laude from Pomona College. She clerked for Chief Judge Mary M. Schroeder of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.  Prior to joining Rutgers, Professor Safrin was an attorney-adviser at the Office of the Legal Adviser, U.S. Department of State. There she served as legal counsel for the Bureau of Oceans, International Environment, and Scientific Affairs, where she helped negotiate treaties and international instruments pertaining to biotechnology, biological diversity, and marine pollution. She also served as legal counsel for diplomatic law and litigation and as legal counsel for African affairs.

Professor Safrin is a recipient of several Department of State awards for outstanding service and is an elected member of the American Law Institute.

Professor Safrin teaches in the areas of Patent Law, International Law, International Law and Technology, and Contracts. 

Professor Safrin’s major publications include “The C-section Epidemic: What’s Tort Reform Got to Do with It?” (2018) in the Univeristy of Illinois Law Review; “Anticipating the Storm: Predicting and Preventing Global Techonlogy Conflicts” (2014) in the Arizona State Law Journal; “The Un-Exceptionalism of U.S. Exceptionalism” in the Vanderbilt Journal of Transnational Law; “Chain Reaction: How Property Begets Property” in the Notre Dame Law Review; and “Hyperownership in a Time of Biotechnological Promise: The International Conflict to Control the Building Blocks of Life”, which was awarded the American Society of International Law Francis Deak Prize, and “Treaties in Collision: The Biosafety Protocol and the World Trade Organization Agreements”, both in the American Journal of International Law.