Staff Profile:Professor Stavroula Karapapa

Professor Stavroula Karapapa
Job Title:
  • Executive Director of the Centre for Commercial Law and Financial Regulation (
  • Director of PGT Programmes in Commercial Law (T&L and Enterprise)

Professor Stavroula Karapapa teaches the following courses on the LL.B and LL.M programmes:

  • LL.B: Intellectual Property Law
  • LL.M: Copyright and Designs, Patents and Trademarks, Internet Law, Advanced Issues in Commercial Law, Privacy and Data Protection.

She is also acting as module convenor for the following modules: Intellectual Property Law, Copyright and Designs, Patents and Trademarks, Internet Law, Advanced Issues in Commercial Law, Privacy and Data Protection, LLM Project.

Areas of Interest:

Stavroula's research interests include:

  • Copyright Doctrine and Policy
  • Digitization, Big Data and the Internet
  • Personality Rights and Data Protection
  • European Union Trade Mark Law
  • Law and the Arts

Doctoral Student Supervision:

  • Adnan Farook, A critical account of the EU Competition Commission's approach to investigations of free high technology companies: towards a new standard, 2014 - 2018
  • Zoi Krokida, Secondary liability of internet service providers, 2016 - present
  • Patsy Kirkwood, The right to be forgotten, 2016 - present

Professor Karapapa would welcome research proposals in the areas of Intellectual Property Law, Media Law, Information Law, Information law, and Data Protection.

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Consultations and reports:

  • Comments on Case C-301/15, Soulier et Doke, submission prepared for the UK IPO (September 2015)
  • Comments on Case C-174/15, Vereiniging Openbare Bibliotheken, and Case C-160/15, GS Media, submission prepared for the UK IPO (2015)
  • Advisory Board for the Heritage Plus funded project on 'Enhancing access to 20th Century cultural heritage through Distributed Orphan Works clearance (EnDOW)', CIPPM: Bournemouth University, CREATe: University of Glasgow, IViR: University of Amsterdam, ASK: Bocconi University (2015-2018)
  • Advisory board as national expert (UK) in the project 'Europeana Awareness - A EU comparative legal study on the concepts of originality, digitization, and derivative works in copyright law', run by the Institute for Information Law (IvIR), University of Amsterdam (April - June 2014)
  • Response to the consultation on reducing the duration of copyright in unpublished ("2039") works in accordance with section 170(2) of the Copyright, Designs and Patents Act 1988 (December 2014)
  • Response to the Public Consultation on the review of the EU copyright rules, submission prepared for the European Commission (February 2014)
  • Comments on draft legislation on private copying and on data analytics for non-commercial research, submission prepared for the UK IPO (July/August 2013)
  • Response to the Consultation on Copyright issued by the Intellectual Property Office on orphan works, private copying and text mining (March 2012, with M. Borghi)
  • Response to consultation on private copying levies issued by the EU High Mediator, Mr Antonio Vitorino (May 2012)
  • Contribution on the Implementation of the Term Directive in the United Kingdom, in C. Angelopoulos and C. Jasserand, Public Domain Calculator: Report and Documentation (October 2011) Europeana connect, pp. 160-163

Conference papers

  • (2016) 'Geo-blocking, the Digital Single Market and the Copyright User: Towards a Unitary Lawful Access Right?', 10th WIPO Advanced Intellectual Property Research Forum organised in Geneva on 24-26 May 2016
  • (2015) 'Trade mark infringement and unfair competition: Rethinking the essential functions of trade marks in light of the EU legislative reform', working paper submitted to the International Symposium on Intellectual Property Law (2015 - Trade Mark Law), Yıldırım Beyazıt University, Ankara, 27 November 2015
  • (2015) 'Uncompensated private copying: the challenges ahead' paper presented in 'Copyright Reform: The Implications One-Year on', workshop organised jointly by CIPPM/CCLFR/CREATe, Bournemouth, 12 November 2015
  • (2015) 'Copyright exceptions and contractual overridability: In defence of user rights', paper presented in the ANU-SMU-Reading Research Forum, Singapore, 11 September 2015
  • (2015) 'Copyright exceptions as drivers of innovation and business growth: Shaping policy through freedom', paper presented at the workshop on 'Challenges in International Commercial Law and Regulation', co-organised between the CCLFR, UoR and ALBA Graduate Business School, Athens, 4 June 2015
  • (2015) 'The concept of 'public' in copyright law', guest research seminar at City University London on 1 April 2015, as part of the City Law School research seminar series
  • (2015) Public lecture on copyright law at the Centre for Intellectual Property Law and Management, Bournemouth University on 23 April 2015
  • (2014) 'Copyright and the Big Data: Regulating the Power of Knowledge', Workshop on Research Data Management and Sharing, European Research Council, 18-19 September 2014
  • (2014) 'The "new public" in copyright law: nature and limits of electronic dissemination', SLS Annual Conference, University of Nottingham, 9-12 September 2014
  • (2014) 'Reconstructing copyright exhaustion in the online world', British-Israeli workshop on Fair Copyright Law: Limitations and Exceptions, Tel Aviv University/Cambridge University, 6-7 January 2014
  • (2013) 'The defamatory effect of Google's autocomplete. Feeling unlucky?' (with M. Borghi), GikII VIII, Bournemouth University, 16-17 September 2013
  • (2013) 'Technological transformative use: The quest for fairness', guest research seminar, Jindal Global Law School, India, 26 April 2013
  • (2012) 'Private copying levies: Compensation for possible harm or a licensing opportunity?', 'Task Force on Copyright in the Digital Single Market', Centre for European Policy Studies (CEPS), Brussels, 13 December 2012
  • (2012) 'Transformative uses in US and EU copyright', 5th International Conference on Information Law and Ethics on 'Equity, integrity and beauty in information law and ethics', 29-30 June 2012, Ionian Academy, Corfu, Greece
  • (2012) 'Remarks on the concept of work in copyright law' (with M. Borghi), Colloquium on Intellectual Property Histories, Brunel University, 22 June 2012
  • (2011) 'UK empirical evidence on data protection compliance: Consent for data processing' (with I. Gupta), 26th Annual BILETA Conference, 11-12 April 2011, Manchester Metropolitan University Law School
  • (2011) 'Consent for data processing in e-commerce transactions: UK empirical evidence' (with I. Gupta), 4th International Conference on Information Law on 'Values and Freedoms in Modern Information Law and Ethics', 20-21 May 2011, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki/ Ionian University/ University of Macedonia
  • (2010) 'Invisible geographies: A conceptual map of the copy in copyright and the unexplored land of non-display uses', (with M. Borghi), paper presented at the Second Annual ISHTIP Conference on 'Geographies of Intellectual Property', 24-26 September 2010, American University, Washington DC
  • (2010) 'Private copying in the Web 2.0', paper presented at the COUNTER International Conference on Counterfeiting and Piracy, 22-24 March 2010, Manchester UK

Journal editorships

  • General Editor of the European Trade Mark Reports (E.T.M.R.) Sweet and Maxwell (October 2015 - present)
  • Correspondent for Kluwer EU Copyright Cases - Online Service (Kluwer Law International, eds. P.B. Hugenholtz and L. Guibault) (April 2011 - present)


LL.B (Athens), LL.M (Brunel), Ph.D (Brunel), Qualified Barrister (Athens Bar)

Biographical details

Stavroula Karapapa joined the School of Law in 2012 as Senior Lecturer, became Associate Professor in 2013, and was promoted to Professor of Intellectual Property and Information law in 2017. She is the Director of the Centre of Commercial Law and Financial Regulation (CCLFR) at the University of Reading since 2014. Before joining Reading, Stavroula held posts as a law lecturer and deputy Director of the Intellectual Property research centre in Brunel Law School, and as a Barrister in Athens specialising in intellectual property, commercial and civil law.

Her research focuses on intellectual property and information law, with emphasis on copyright doctrine and policy, most notably with regards to the challenges of digitization, Big Data and the internet. She is also interested in the protection of personality rights in the online world and has written on issues of European Intellectual Property law, such as the harmonisation of copyright exceptions and select issues on the European Union trade mark.

Her monograph on the private copying exception in copyright law, which was published by Routledge in 2012, identifies current challenges on end-user freedom and offers an original interpretation of the scope private copying in the digital environment. Her recently-published monograph with Oxford University Press, Copyright and Mass Digitization, provides an extended conceptual account of the ways in which digitization of libraries and archives challenges copyright law, and queries the normative and policy implications of this newly emerging practice.

Stavroula is currently involved in three main research projects. The first one seeks to explore the way in which art and the law interact and to offer an understanding of art as reflection of authorship, as object of property and as fundamental human right. The second one focuses on the exhaustion of intellectual property rights in light of European and American jurisprudence. In the context of this project, Stavroula's work aims at unravelling the doctrinal justifications on which exhaustion is premised and on determining the conditions under which this doctrine can apply in the digital environment. The third project seeks to identify and assess the legal challenges that emerge from purely technological uses of copyright works, such as text mining and image analysis, including the possible risks associated with the use and processing of Big Data. In this context, Stavroula is authoring a monograph on defences against copyright infringement, focusing on the appropriate scope for creativity, innovation and technological growth in the online environment.

Dr Stavroula  Karapapa

Contact Details

+44 (0) 118 378 5033

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