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My background

I am a Senior Lecturer at The City Law School at City, University of London where I undertake research primarily in the areas of Intellectual Property Law & Constitutional Law. Before taking up this position in September 2015 I was a Lecturer in the Law School at Cardiff University from 2013-2015 and before that I was LSE Fellow in the Law Department at the London School of Economics (LSE) from 2011-2013.

During 2014-15 I was appointed a Visiting Scholar at Waseda University Law School, Tokyo, Japan. During 2016-17 I visited Scuola Superiore Sant'Anna, Pisa, Italy, as part of Erasmus+, giving three lectures. For 2017-18 I was a Visiting Lecturer at Keio University Law School, Tokyo, and a Visiting Scholar at Waseda University Law School, Tokyo. During 2017-18 I also visited the University of Ljubljana, Slovenia, as part of Erasmus+, giving two lectures.

For 2018-19 I will be a Visiting Fellow at Toyo University, Tokyo.

I hold a PhD from Queen Mary, University of London (2011), an LL.M from the London School of Economics (LSE) (2006-7) and a B.C.L. degree from NUI, Galway (2002-05). I am a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA).

My research

My IP law research primarily involves using empirical and theoretical insights to shed light on interesting (and sometimes controversial) aspects of intellectual property, such as the interplay between property owners and users in free-sharing creative environments (such as those of theatre, open-source software and traditional music). My PhD research focused on the empirical analysis of the relationship between Irish traditional music and copyright using interviews and survey data gathered from traditional musicians.

I am currently part of a group of researchers that have been awarded funding by the EU as part of Horizon2020 to examine the area of interactive robots in society (INBOTS - This includes the consequences of new robotic technologies and artificial intelligence for Intellectual Property Law. My City colleague Dr Enrico Bonadio is also part of the project.

In 2014 I published an article in The Modern Law Review investigating copyright in the world of theatre, whereby I interviewed playwrights, directors and actors about the relationship between their theatrical practices and the norms of copyright. Another in depth article - on trade marks, brands and anthropological marketing - was published in the Journal of Law and Society in the Winter edition of 2015.

My first book - European Patent Litigation in the Shadow of the Unified Patent Court - was published in July 2016.

I have also been involved in conducting quantitative and qualitative empirical research in the area of patent litigation. This research includes projects funded by the UK Intellectual Property Office and CREATe.

In addition to IP law, I am currently conducting research on Dominion constitutionalism in the post-British Empire period, including projects conducted with my colleague Dr Mara Malagodi supported by funding from The Modern Law Review and the UK Constitutional Law Association.


In terms of my teaching, I currently teach Intellectual Property Law, Sports Law & Constitutional Law at City, University of London. During 2011-2013 I taught IP Law and Public Law at LSE and from 2007-2011 I taught Public Law, Administrative Law and EU Law at Queen Mary. From 2013-2015 I taught IP Law and EU Law on the LL.B and LL.M at Cardiff University.