Staff Profile:Dr Stavroula Karapapa

Professor Stavroula Karapapa
Job Title:
  • Pro Tem co-Executive Director of the Centre for Commercial Law and Financial Regulation (
  • Programme Director of LL.M International Commercial Law; LL.M International Corporate Finance; LL.M International Financial Regulation; LL.M/M.Sc in Law and Economics; LL.M International Banking Law; LL.M/M.Sc Oil and Gas; LL.M Oil and Gas by Distance Learning; LL.M International Corporate Law by Distance Learning; LL.M Intellectual Property Law and Management.

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

LL.B: Intellectual Property Law, Research Placement Project (Media Law)

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

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

Community Trade Mark Law

Law and the Arts

Research groups / Centres:
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Consultations and reports

  • 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).
  • 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

  • Copyright and the Big Data: Regulating the Power of Knowledge', Workshop on Research Data Management and Sharing, European Research Council, 18-19 September 2014 []
  • 'The "new public" in copyright law: nature and limits of electronic dissemination', SLS Annual Conference, University of Nottingham, 9-12 September 2014 []
  • 'Reconstructing copyright exhaustion in the online world', British-Israeli workshop on Fair Copyright Law: Limitations and Exceptions, Tel Aviv University, 6-7 January 2014 []
  • 'The defamatory effect of Google's autocomplete. Feeling unlucky?' (with M. Borghi), GikII VIII, Bournemouth University, 16-17 September 2013 []
  • '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 [].
  • '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', Ionian Academy, Corfu, 29-30 June 2012 [].
  • 'Remarks on the concept of work in copyright law' (with M. Borghi), Colloquium on Intellectual Property Histories, Brunel University, London, 22 June 2012 []
  • '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 [].
  • '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', Aristotle University of Thessaloniki/ Ionian University/ University of Macedonia, Thessaloniki, 20-21 May 2011 [].
  • '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', American University, Washington DC, 24-26 September 2010 [].

Case notes

  • United Kingdom Correspondent for Kluwer EU Copyright Cases - Online Service, Kluwer Law International, eds. B. Hugenholtz and L. Guibault [] (2011- )
  • 'Trade mark use explained: Insights of the General Court in "BUD"' (case comment), European Journal of Risk Regulation, Vol. 1, 2014, pp. 111-114.


LL.B (Athens), LL.M (Brunel, distinction), Ph.D (Brunel), Qualified Barrister (Athens Bar - non-practicing)

Biographical details

Stavroula Karapapa joined the School of Law in 2012, having previously taught at the Law School of Brunel University, where she was also the deputy director of the Research Centre for Intellectual Property, Internet and the Media. Before joining the academia, Stavroula was a practicing Barrister at Athens, Greece, specialising in intellectual property, commercial and civil law. Her research focuses on intellectual property 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 Community 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.

Dr Stavroula  Karapapa

Contact Details

+44 (0) 118 378 5033

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