Fellow and College Counsel, St Catherine's College

Research Fellow, Institute of European and Comparative Law

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

Personal webpage here.

St Catherine's webpage here.

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. Her research interests lie in the fields of intellectual property law, regulation, and law and technology. She is the author of two research monographs and one text book – The Requirement for an Invention in Patent Law (OUP 2010), The Subject Matter of Intellectual Property (OUP)), and (with PLC Torremans) European Intellectual Property Law (1st edn OUP 2016 and 2nd edn OUP 2019) – and the editor of several published collections, most recently The Oxford Handbook of Intellectual Property Law (OUP 2018) (with RC Dreyfuss). She has published widely in leading generalist and specialist journals, and her works have been cited by courts in the UK and elsewhere. 

Justine took her undergraduate degrees in Law and Arts (mathematics and literature) from the University of Melbourne. She worked as an IP solicitor and Associate to the Chief Justice of the Australian Federal Court, and completed part of a BSc before commencing her PhD (in Law), also at the University of Melbourne.

At Oxford Justine teaches intellectual property law and theory, and law, regulation, and technology, on a number of graduate and undergraduate courses for the Faculty, as well as EU Law and Jurisprudence for St Catherine's.


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Research Interests

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

The regulatory impacts of technology.

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Jurisprudence, European Union Law, Intellectual Property Law, Private Law and Fundamental Rights, Regulation

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