Silke von Lewinski is head of the department specialising in international and European copyright law, at the Max Planck Institute for Intellectual Property, Munich.
Dr von Lewinski has acted as a consultant to the European Commission on several occasions, for example on the EC Rental Rights Directive (drafting the EC proposal and steering it through the legislative process), and at the WIPO Diplomatic Conference 1996, where she was a member of the delegation of the European Communities. At the WIPO Diplomatic Conference 2000 on Audiovisual Performances, she was a delegate for Germany. She has been the chief legal expert consulted by the governments of
Eastern and Central European and former Soviet countries on their copyright legislation in the framework of the EC's TA programs PHARE and TACIS, and has worked on subsequent EC programs, including in Asia.
She has written numerous publications, and given lectures worldwide, which have focussed on copyright law, primarily at international and European levels. Dr. von Lewinski is an adjunct professor at Franklin Pierce Law Center, Concord, N.H. and, since 2003, at the Munich Intellectual Property Law Center (also combined with GWU's summer program), Munich, and also at the university of Mainz and at McGill University, Montreal. She was a visiting professor at different universities in France
and elsewhere, including Universite Laval, Quebec and University of Melbourne. She was the first Walter Minton Visiting Scholar at Columbia University School of Law, New York and the First Distinguished Visitor to the Intellectual Property Research Institute of Australia (IPRIA). In 1999, she was a judge
at the German Final Round of the International Philip C. Jessup Moot Court Competition.
Dr von Lewinski studied for her undergraduate degree in law at the Ludwig Maximilian University, Munich, took her Bar Exam in Munich, obtained her degree of Doctor iuris (PhD) at Free University Berlin and received the "Heinrich-Hubmann" award, in the year of its establishment, for the best treaties in copyright 1991.