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Professor Stavroula Karapapa

Professor Stavroula Karapapa
Job Title:
36602 Sessional Lecturer
Dr Stavroula  Karapapa



Professor of Intellectual Property and Information Law

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 Law and Policy
  • Internet Law, Big Data, and Digital Regulation
  • 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, Digital Regulation, and Data Protection.

Research groups / Centres


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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 and Programme Director for the Commercial LLM programmes since 2014. Before joining Reading, Stavroula held posts as 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 in the context of digital regulation and the challenges of digitization, Big Data and the internet. She is also interested in the protection of digital rights and has written on issues of European Intellectual Property law, such as the harmonization of copyright exceptions and select issues on the European Union trade mark.

Her 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. Her monograph on the private copying exception in copyright law, which was published by Routledge in 2012, discusses the tension between copyright on end-user freedom and offers an original interpretation of the appropriate scope of digital private copying.

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 address the conflict between proprietary rights on, and public access to, copyright protected works in the fourth industrial revolution, whereby purely technological uses of copyright works (such as text mining, image analysis and artificial intelligence) or emergent business models (such as digital platforms and innovative services) challenge the traditional understanding on activities permitted by copyright. In this context, Stavroula is authoring a monograph on defences against copyright infringement, developing an original classification of defensive rules and looking into how broader objectives, such as creativity, innovation and technological growth, can be accommodated by the current copyright framework.

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