Caoimhe is a DPhil Candidate in Law at St Hilda's College, under the supervision of Professor Robert Burrell. She is interested in empirical research on how creators use intellectual property law, Law and Political Economy scholarship, and interdisciplinary approaches to the challenges posed by climate change; including critical perspectives on the role of science and technology in climate change knowledge production and its governance. Caoimhe is an Associate Editor at the Oxford University Commonwealth Law Journal and she is co-convenor of the Intellectual Property Law Discussion Group along with the Law and Political Economy (LPE) Discussion Group for the 2021-2022 academic year. She has held posts as a Tutor in Contract Law at Merton College, University of Oxford (2022) and as an Associate Lecturer in International Intellectual Property Law at Oxford Brookes University (2022). Her doctoral thesis focuses on innovation policy responses in times of crisis: specifically, the outright suspension, or weakening, of patent protection to facilitate the dissemination of essential climate-friendly technologies. By interrogating the claim raised at successive negotiations at the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change to weaken intellectual property rights protection, this thesis offers an empirical account of how those rights are being used, conducting interviews and documentary analysis methods to offer an industry-specific account of renewable energy technology practices. Caoimhe read law at King's College London (2016-2019). Prior to joining the Oxford Intellectual Property Research Centre, she acted as research assistant to Dr Emily Hudson, Reader in Law at King’s College London, on her monograph, Drafting Copyright Exceptions: From the Law in Books to the Law in Action (Cambridge University Press 2019).

Research Interests

Intellectual property law, innovation policy, climate-friendly technologies, law and political economy,