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Mr Jonathan Griffiths, BA (Oxon) MA, Solicitor

Reader in Intellectual Property Law

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Jonathan Griffiths

Jonathan Griffiths specialises in intellectual property law (particularly copyright law) and information law.

He has published widely on comparative copyright law and on the relationship between intellectual property and fundamental rights. His recent work includes ‘Constitutionalising or harmonising – the Court of Justice, the right to property & European copyright law’ [2013] 1 European Law Review 65 and ‘Dematerialisation, pragmatism and the European copyright revolution’, [2013] Oxford Journal of Legal Studies. He is co-editor of Concepts of Property in Intellectual Property Law (Cambridge University Press, 2013).

He is currently working on projects on the Court of Justice of the European Union’s development of copyright law and on plain packaging legislation and the concept of expropriation. He is a member of the advisory board of the Nottingham Law Journal and is on the editorial board of The Journal of Media Law. He is an international contributing editor of the Media and Arts Law Review.

At Queen Mary, he teaches intellectual property law, the law of copyright & designs and international and comparative copyright law. He is co-Director of the School of Law’s LLM Programme.


Undergraduate teaching:

  • LAW6033 Intellectual Property Law

Postgraduate teaching:

  • QLLM040 - Intellectual Property
  • QLLM045 - International and Comparative Law of Copyright and Related Rights
  • IPLC008 – Designs & Copyright Law


Research interests:

Jonathan Griffiths is currently working on research projects concerning (1) the development of European copyright law by the Court of Justice, (2) tobacco plain packaging legislation, trade marks and expropriation and (3) the role of fundamental rights in European copyright law.


Some of Jonathan Griffiths' publications are available on SSRN

  • 'The role of the Court of Justice in the development of European Union copyright law' in I Stamatoudi and P Torremans, Copyright Law in the European Union (Edward Elgar, 2014, forthcoming)
  • 'Pre-empting conflict – a re-examination of the public interest defence in United Kingdom copyright law', forthcoming [2014] Legal Studies
  • 'The United Kingdom's public interest 'defence' and European Union copyright law' in G Westkamp & N Lee (ed), Intellectual Property & Publicity Rights (Edward Elgar, forthcoming)
  • Concepts of Property in Intellectual Property Law, ed with HR Howe (CUP, 2013)
  • 'Dematerialisation, pragmatism and the European copyright revolution', [2013] Oxford Journal of Legal Studies.
  • 'Constitutionalising or harmonising – the Court of Justice, the right to property & European copyright law' [2013] European Law Review 65
  • 'Fundamental rights & European IP law – the case of Art 17(2)' in C Geiger (ed), Constructing European Intellectual Property (Edward Elgar, 2012) (with L McDonagh)
  • 'United Kingdom' in R Hilty (ed), The Balance of Copyright (Springer, 2012)
  • 'Criminal liability for intellectual property infringement in Europe' the impact of fundamental rights? in C Geiger (ed), Criminal Enforcement of Intellectual Property; a Blessing or a Curse? (Edward Elgar, 2012)
  • 'Infopaq, BSA and the 'Europeanisation' of United Kingdom Copyright Law' [2011] Media & Arts Law Review
  • "Rhetoric and the 'Three-Step Test': Copyright Reform in the United Kingdom" [2010] EIPR 309
  • 'Unsticking the Centre-Piece' the Liberation of European Copyright Law' (2010) 2 Journal of Intellectual Property, Information Technology & e-Commerce Law, 87
  • 'Copyright's Imperfect Republic and the Artistic Commonwealth',  in L Bently, J Davis & JC Ginsburg (eds) Copyright & Piracy: an Interdisciplinary Critique (Cambridge University Press, 2010)
  • 'Copyright and Image Rights' in Carter-Ruck on Libel and Slander (ed A Mullis) (LexisNexis, 2010)
  • The ''Three-Step Test'' in European Copyright Law: Problems and Solutions [2009] IPQ 428
  • 'Is there a Right to an Immoral Mark?' in Intellectual Property & Human Rights, ed P Torremans (Kluwer, 2008)
  • 'Re-capturing Liberated Information - A Comparative Study of the Relationship between Freedom of Information Legislation and Private Law Restraints on Disclosure' in P Torremans (ed) Intellectual Property & Human Rights (Kluwer,  2008)
  • 'Declaration on a Balanced Interpretation of the 'Three-Step Test In Copyright Law' (with Christophe Geiger and Reto Hilty) (2008) 39 IIC 707

PhD Supervision

Jonathan Griffiths welcomes proposals for postgraduate supervision in the area of information law, particularly copyright and related rights, freedom of expression and access to information. Currently, he has particular interests in EU and comparative copyright law.

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