Zahr K. Said

  • Charles I. Stone Professor of Law


Phone: (805) 622-9247


B.A., magna cum laude, UC Berkeley J.D., Columbia, Kent Scholar Ph.D., Harvard

Curriculum Vitae

Areas of Expertise

Art Law — Copyright Law — Music Law — Social Media / Digital Media Law — Torts — Trademark Law

Recent Courses

LAW A 504 Torts
LAW E 518 Torts II
LAW P 507 Copyright Law
LAW P 522 Advanced Copyright Law

Professor Zahr K. Said is the Associate Dean for Research and Faculty Development and Charles I. Stone Professor of Law at the University of Washington School of Law. Said holds a Ph.D. in comparative literature from Harvard University, a J.D. from Columbia (where she was a Kent Scholar and served as Articles Editor for the Columbia Journal of Law and the Arts) and a B.A. from U.C. Berkeley (magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa). She taught at the University of Virginia School of Law for three years as a Visiting Professor of Law, and was a Visiting Professor at Stanford Law School in 2018. Said's research applies humanistic methods, theories, and texts to problems in legal doctrine and policy. Her work has appeared in the Lewis and Clark Law Review, the Iowa Law Review, the Cardozo Law Review, the North Carolina Law Review, the Harvard Journal of Law and Technology, the Stanford Technology Law Review, and the Columbia Journal of Law and the Arts, among others. Current works in progress examine the role of the jury in copyright law and jury instructions in copyright litigation. Said has also undertaken a qualitative empirical study of the craft brewing scene in Seattle to map its attitudes and norms around creation, collaboration, sharing, and IP enforcement. She is the recipient of the UW Law Faculty Scholarship Award (2015), the Philip A. Trautman 1L Professor of the Year Award (2016), and the UW University Global Innovation Fund Grant. She teaches Torts, Copyright, and Advanced Copyright, and she has taught Advertising as well as the Proseminar for Ph.D. students, which is an introduction to American jurisprudence.

Peer Reviewed Journals & Law Reviews

Books or Treatises

Book Chapters

Book Reviews

Professional Publications

Other Publications

  • Zahr Said Stauffer, The Politicisation of Shakespeare in Arabic in Youssef Chahine’s Film Trilogy, 47 Eng. Stud. Afr. 41-55 (2004).
  • Zahr Kassim Sallam Said, The Arab Takes on Shakespeare: Adaptation, Allusion, and the Struggle for Artistic Identity in Egypt (May 23, 2003) (unpublished Ph.D. dissertation, Harvard University) (available in ProQuest Dissertations & Theses Global, doc. ID 305333245).

  • Speaker, The Coase of Copyright Oral Argument (podcast) (May 26, 2017)
  • Moderator, "The Values and Ethics of Deals", The Art and Science of the IP Deal, University of Washington School of Law (April 7, 2017)
  • Speaker, "Interpretive Complexity in Copyright and Trademark: Comparing Substantial Similarity and Likelihood of Confusion", 2014 Works-in-Progress Intellectual Property, Santa Clara School of Law (February 7, 2014)
  • Speaker, "Comparing Substantial Similarity and Likelihood of Confusion: A Metacritical Analysis of Copyright and Trademark", 2013 IP Scholars Conference, Cardozo School of Law (August 9, 2013)
  • Speaker, "Comparing Methodological Transparency in Copyright and Trademark: A Metacritical Analysis", Annual Meeting, Law and Society Association (May 30, 2013)
  • Panelist, "Disclosure in Speech", 2013 Symposium: The Disclosure Crisis, Washington Law Review (February 28, 2013)
  • Speaker, "Reverse Engineering Textual Meaning", 12th Annual IP Scholars Conference, Stanford Law School (August 9, 2012)
  • Speaker, "Copyright Law and the Ethics of Nonfiction", Annual Meeting and 2012 International Conference on Law and Society, Law and Society Association (June 8, 2012)
  • Panelist, "A Response to Robert P. Merges’s", Justifying Intellectual Property, Notre Dame Law School, Symposium, (April 27, 2012)
  • Speaker, "Copyright in Characters: A Literary Perspective", IP in the Trees Series, Lewis & Clark Law School (April 4, 2012)
  • Speaker, "Copyright in Characters: A Literary Perspective", Center for Intellectual Property Law, Whittier College of Law (March 20, 2012)
  • Speaker, "Incorporating Literary Methods and Texts in Teaching Tort Law", Panel on Pedagogical Approaches to the Humanities in Law Schools, Association of American Law Schools (January 6, 2012)
  • Speaker, "Teaching Advertising in the Context of Tort Law", Workshop on Advertising Law, University of Tulsa Law School (September 16, 2011)
  • Speaker, "Copyright and the Ethics of Nonfiction", 11th Annual Intellectual Property Scholars Conference, De Paul Law School (August 11, 2011)
  • Speaker, "Reforming Protection for Literary Characters in Intellectual Property Law", Third Annual Conference on Innovation and Communications Law, La Trobe University School of Law (May 30, 2011)