Director, International & Graduate Programs
Term Teaching Professor of Law
Felicia Caponigri joined the law school in 2019. Caponigri received her Ph.D. in Cultural Heritage from IMT School for Advanced Studies Lucca, Italy; her J.D., magna cum laude, from Notre Dame Law School; and her B.A., cum laude, in Art History from Notre Dame. A Comparative Art and Cultural Heritage Law scholar, Caponigri’s research and work exists at the intersection of real property and intellectual property. Her recent work has explored how fashion design objects present links between cultural property law and copyright law. She has also explored the impact of technology's mediation of collective meaning making on Italian cultural heritage law. A member of the Indiana bar, Caponigri previously worked as Of Counsel for an Italian lifestyle company in South Bend, Indiana.
Caponigri’s work has been published in AEDON, The Case Western Reserve Journal of International Law, The Notre Dame Journal of International and Comparative Law, and the Rivista Trimestrale di Diritto Pubblico. She has guest lectured at the Newberry Library in Chicago, at Brooklyn Law School and the Graduate Center of the City University of New York, and at the Università degli Studi della Campania “Luigi Vanvitelli” and the Università degli Studi di Firenze in Italy. She has spoken at conferences in the United States, Ireland, Denmark, Hong Kong, Chile and Italy.
Malleable monuments and comparative cultural property law: The Balbo monument between the United States and Italy, 19(5) INT’L. J. OF CONST. LAW (2022).
Fashion’s Brand Heritage, Cultural Heritage, and “The Piracy Paradox”, 39(2) CARDOZO ARTS & ENT. L. J. (2021).
Cultural Heritage Law Between Truth and Power: Law's Evolution and Our Collective Cultural Interest in an Informational Economy, 96 NOTRE DAME L. REV. REFLECTION 163 (2021).
Problematizing Fashion’s Legal Categorization as Cultural Property, 2 AEDON (2017).
The Ethics of the International Display of Fashion in the Museum, 49 THE CASE WESTERN RESERVE J. OF INT’L LAW 135 (2017).
Who Owns Villa La Pietra? The Story of A Family, their Home, and an American University under Italian Law, 5(1) NOTRE DAME J. OF INT’L & COMPARATIVE LAW 201 (2015).