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Centre for Intellectual Property and Information Law


Patricia Akester (Ph.D in International Copyright Law and the Challenges of Digital Technology (Queen Mary Intellectual Property Research Institute, Queen Mary College, University of London, 2002); L.LM in Intellectual Property Law (University College of London, 1997), Post-Graduate Degree in European Union Law (Catholic University of Lisbon, 1995), Degree in Law (five year degree) (Catholic University of Lisbon, 1994); called to the Portuguese Bar (1996); Registered European Lawyer, Bar Association of England and Wales (2009).

She is a member of the World Copyright Law (Sweet & Maxwell, 1998, 2003, 2008) updating team (since 2009), a member of the Editorial Board of the Computer Law and Security Review, The International journal of Technology Law & Practice (since 2009), President of the Purtuguese group of the International Literary and Artistic Copyright Association (since 2009) and a member of the British group of the International Literary and Artistic Copyright Association (since 1999).

In 2006 she was awarded a Leverhulme Early Career Fellowship (in association with matched funding from Emmanuel College, University of Cambridge) to research the impact of technological measures on the ability of users to take advantage of certain statutory exceptions to copyright (report available at

She is now a freelance researcher attached to the Centre for Intellectual Property and Information Law, Faculty of Law, University of Cambridge, where she also teaches.

Her research interests lie particularly in copyright law and information law. She recently carried out a study for UNESCO on how to promote access to information in a digital environment without adversely affecting copyright protection. The study was commissioned for the XIV session of the Intergovernmental Copyright Committee, 2010 (and is available at