We are pleased to announce that Dr Poorna Mysoor has been awarded a prestigious Leverhulme Trust Early Career Fellowship for 2018. The award funds her research on a full-time basis for three years and she will be affiliated to the OIPRC and the Law Faculty. Poorna’s project explores how the structure of tangible property can be transposed to copyright to achieve a balance between ownership and user rights. At its core, Poorna’s research examines how private law principles enable better conceptualisation of copyright law, which is an emerging area of interest. She will pursue an historical and comparative analysis of property and copyright law across designated common law jurisdictions. Dr Dev Gangjee will be her mentor. 

We are particularly pleased for the recognition Poorna’s research has received since the Fellowship is exceptionally competitive – about 800 applications received annually, and only about 100 awards being made. The Fellowship is awarded to original and significant research of high quality to early career academics with a proven track record, and to those that break new boundaries and bring refreshing departure from established discourse. 

Poorna completed her DPhil at the Law Faculty at Oxford in 2017 on implied licences in copyright law supervised by Professor Graeme Dinwoodie. Over the last academic year, Poorna taught several core private law subjects such as Land Law, Contract Law and Tort Law at various colleges in Oxford. Before embarking on her DPhil, Poorna practised intellectual property law in Hong Kong for several years. We look forward to welcoming her back in October 2018 as an academic member of the OIPRC.