Fellow, Senior Law Tutor and College Counsel, St Catherine's College

Research Fellow, Institute of European and Comparative Law

BA/LLB Hons (Melbourne), PhD (Melbourne), DipLATHE (Oxford)

Justine Pila came to Oxford in 2004 to take up her statutory posts of University Lecturer in Intellectual Property Law and Tutorial Fellow of St Catherine's College. She holds undergraduate degrees in Law and Arts and a PhD in Law from the University of Melbourne, and has previously worked as an intellectual property solicitor and for two years was Associate to the Chief Justice of the Australian Federal Court. She teaches different aspects of intellectual property law and theory at undergraduate and graduate level on a number of courses for the Faculty – including (at undergraduate level) Copyright, Patents & Allied Rights; Copyright, Trade Marks & Allied Rights; and Jurisprudence and (at graduate level) Intellectual Property Law; Medical Law & Ethics; Private Law & Fundamental Rights; and Regulation - as well as teaching EU Law for St Catherine's. Her authored and edited books include The Requirement for an Invention in Patent Law (OUP 2010), The Europeanization of Intellectual Property Law (OUP 2013) (with Ansgar Ohly), Perspectives on the Unitary (EU) Patent System (Hart/Bloomsbury 2015) (with Christopher Wadlow), The Jurisprudence of Lord Hoffmann (Hart/Bloomsbury 2015) (with Paul Davies) and European Intellectual Property Law (OUP 2016 in press) (with Paul Torremans). She is currently writing a book on IP subject matter and co-editing the Oxford Handbook on Intellectual Property Law for publication by OUP in 2016.

She also has a profile page on the St Catherine's College website.


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Research Interests

The law and theory of intellectual property, especially copyright law and patent law, and including European intellectual property

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Jurisprudence, European Union Law, Copyright, Patents and Allied Rights, Copyright, Trade Marks and Allied Rights, Intellectual Property Law, Regulation, Medical Law and Ethics

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