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Marzia Briel-Barr

  • Director of Continuing Professional Education and Executive Education
  • Research integrity trainer

Areas of interest

Marzia is new to academia (2022) and her academic interests include Intellectual Property, Regulation, Technology, Ethics and Land Law. Marzia’s research combines her legal knowledge with her background as a legal practitioner. She currently works on understanding the regulatory landscape of Science and Artificial Intelligence and how Patents and Copyright interact with Open Research.

Postgraduate supervision

Marzia supervises Masters students whose interests align with her research.


Marzia’s teaching draws on her professional experience as a legal and risk professional, as well as her research on regulation, intellectual property, science, ethics and emerging technology. She currently teaches the following undergraduate and postgraduate modules:

  • Advanced International Commercial Law issues (PG)
  • Intellectual Property (UG)
  • Land Law (UG)


Marzia is a qualified South African Attorney (2004) specialising in Banking and Insolvency Law. She has extensive risk and governance experience as an operational risk and compliance practitioner in multinational commercial banking firms. More recently (2020) she worked in legal, policy and governance aspects of high level academic, government and private industry science research at the UK Synchrotron for UK Research and Innovation.  These cross-industry experiences have allowed her to bridge disciplines to find solutions to emerging legal and regulatory issues.

Academic qualifications

Qualified Attorney (Law Society of South Africa), LLM (University of South Africa), LLB (University of Pretoria), International Compliance Association Diploma in Compliance (University of Manchester).

Professional bodies/affiliations

  • Member of the UNESCO Working Group on Open Science Policy and Policy Instruments implementing the UNESCO Open Science Recommendation
  • Member of Society of Legal Scholars
  • Law, Society and Justice (LSJ Reading)
  • Centre for Commercial Law and Financial Regulation (CCLFR)
  • The Embassy of Good Science

Recent speaking engagements and conference participation

  • Marzia presented ‘Ready, Fire, Aim: The new regulatory framework for AI and data science in the UK’ Unlocking Digital Heritage and Creative Industries through Data Science and AI’ funded by the Alan Turing Institute (2023).
  • Panellist at the book launch ‘Beyond Data: AI regulation and Human Rights’ written by Professor Alessandro Mantelero, to discuss how AI intersects with Human Rights, Ethics and Society, Data Protection and Risk Management (2023).
  • Presented at the World Research Integrity Conference on ‘Can Open Data create funding for Research?’ and selected to be part of the Doctoral Forum (2022).
  • Panellist at the Institute of Advanced Legal Studies at the WG Hart Workshop, ‘Responding to the Crisis: Law, alternative economies and activism’ where she presented on ‘Open Research in Developing Countries: The risk of commercialisation of open data for economic benefit.’(2022).

Recent events organised

  • ‘AI Community of Practice’ AI networking event (2023).


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