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Smita Kheria, University of Edinburgh,; Jasem Tarawneh, University of Manchester,

Contemporary intellectual property law and policy continues to face a number of unforeseen challenges and problems pertaining to the understanding, application, and regulation of intellectual property rights. The impact of Intellectual property rights on various aspects of our modern life, as well recent developments such as the Covid-19 pandemic and Artificial Intelligence technologies, exacerbate many of these challenges and underlying tensions.


This stream is open to papers from scholarly, professional, and postgraduate researchers looking to critically explore issues related to intellectual property law in a multi-disciplinary forum. The stream invites scholars from across the globe and welcomes papers that address any aspect of intellectual property rights and utilising any socio-legal approach, theory, and method.


Papers addressing challenges within contemporary intellectual property law and policy could relate to, but are not limited to, any of the following themes:

  • The legal framework, whether international, regional, or domestic, for Intellectual Property rights, including Trade Mark Law, Patent Law, Copyright Law, Designs Law, and Geographical indications.

  • IP theory, IP justifications, IP history, and IP in society.

  • The interface between Intellectual property and new technologies, including Intellectual Property & the Internet, Intellectual Property and Artificial Intelligence, Intellectual Property and Innovation.

  • The interface between Intellectual Property & Competition Law, Intellectual Property & Human Rights, Intellectual Property & Contract Law, and Intellectual Property and International Law.


If you have any questions about the scope of the stream or would like to discuss a possible contribution then please contact the stream convenors.

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