MatthewSag@gmail.com or msag@luc.edu


Matthew Sag is the Associate Dean for Faculty Research and Development and Georgia Reithal Professor of Law at Loyola University of Chicago School, where he is also the Associate Director for Intellectual Property of the Institute for Consumer Antitrust Studies.

Professor Sag studied economic history, political science and law at the Australian National University where he graduated with honors. He clerked for Justice Paul Finn at the Federal Court of Australia and practiced law in Australia, the United Kingdom and the United States.

Professor Sag is an expert in copyright law and intellectual property. He is currently working on a book on the fair use doctrine and a series of empirical papers using text-mining and machine learning tools to study judicial behavior. His work has been published in leading journals such as Nature, and the law reviews of the University of California Berkeley, Northwestern, Georgetown, Iowa, and Notre Dame, among others. His research on copyright and fair use has been widely cited in academic works, court submissions, judicial opinions and government reports.

Professor Sag is the co-founder of ScotusOA.com and he is an Advisory Board Member of the HathiTrust Research Center.

Link to faculty webpage

Link to faculty headshot

How to pronounce my name

See this post for an extended discussion. If you want to try to get the authentic Hungarian sound it is Ság, but English speakers should say it to rhyme with flag.

Conference organizers

Please feel free to use the photo (below) in conference materials etc., no additional license or approval is required for this purpose.

A few more personal details


I am dyslexic and proud of it. For more details, see this post (link now fixed).


My Erdős number is 5. The chain proceeds as follows: Peter Fishburn(1), John Ferejohn(2), Barry Weingast(3), Tonja Jacobi(4), Matthew Sag(5). I do not have an  Erdős–Bacon number.

Science Fiction

A few of my favorite science fiction books of all time, in no particular order:

  • 1984 by George Orwell
  • Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell by Susanna Clarke
  • Dimension of Miracles by Robert Sheckley
  • The Foundation Trilogy by Isaac Asimov
  • Stranger in a Strange Land by Robert A. Heinlein
  • Neuromancer by William Gibson
  • I, Robot by Isaac Asimov
  • The Dispossessed by Ursula K. Le Guin
  • The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams
  • Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card
  • Dune by Frank Herbert
  • Snow Crash by Neal Stephenson
  • Ubik by Philip K. Dick
  • The Man in the High Castle by Philip K. Dick
  • Consider Phlebas by Iain M. Banks
  • The Player of Games by Iain M. Banks
  • Use of Weapons by Iain M. Banks
  • The Stainless Steel Rat by Harry Harrison
  • Dancers at the End of Time by Michael Moorcock
  • The Cornelius Quartet by Michael Moorcock
  • Behold the Man by Michael Moorcock
  • The City and the City by China Miéville
  • The Glass Bead Game by Hermann Hesse
  • Winter’s Tale by Mark Helprin

Some books I have recently enjoyed

  • The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt
  • The Martian by Andy Weir
  • Seveneves by Neal Stephenson
  • Uprooted by Naomi Novik
  • Ancillary Justice by Ann Leckie
  • The Fifth Season and the entire Broken Earth series by N. K. Jemisin
  • The Three-Body Problem by Cixin Liu
  • An Unkindness of Ghosts by Rivers Solomon
  • The Name of the Wind (Kingkiller Chronicles, Day 1) by Patrick Rothfuss
  • The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet by Becky Chambers
  • Spinning Silver by Naomi Novik


I have run ten marathons since I took up the sport in 2013.

My fastest marathon time is 3:27:17 (Fox Valley  Marathon 2015)

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My fastest half-marathon is 1:34:12 (New Orleans 2015)

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My best race result is the 2014 SeaShore Half Marathon in Huntington Beach, CA , 1st place in the men’s division with a time of 1:38:53. Screen Shot 2014-11-18 at 7.19.49 AM