Helle Porsdam is Professor of Law and Humanities at the Centre for Interdisciplinary Studies of Law (CIS), Faculty of Law, University of Copenhagen. She teaches American Culture and History in the SAXO Department, Faculty of the Humanities, University of Copenhagen, and Law and Humanities, the Culture and History of Human Rights and Cultural Rights at the Faculty of Law. She also holds a UNESCO Chair in Cultural Rights. Helle did her PhD in American Studies at Yale University, has been a Liberal Arts Fellow twice at the Harvard Law School, as well as a fellow at Wolfson College, University of Cambridge, and the University of Munich.
She received funding from HERA (Humanities in the European Research Area) for a project on copyright, creativity and cultural heritage institutions (2010-13) and is currently heading the project, The Past's Future (2015-19), which is funded by the Velux Foundation.
Among her monographs and edited volumes, the following may be mentioned: The Transforming Power of Cultural Rights: A Promising Law and Humanities Approach (2019), Negotiating Cultural Rights: Issues at Stake, Challenges and Recommendations (2017, with Lucky Belder), From Civil to Human Rights: Dialogues on Law and Humanities in the United States and Europe (2009), Copyright and Other Fairy Tales: Hans Christian Andersen and the Commodification of Creativity (2006), Legally Speaking: Contemporary American Culture and the Law (1999).