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Global Intellectual Property and Technology Centre (G-IPTech)


Our research mission at the G-IPTech Centre (G-IPTech) is to produce pioneering, impactful, and high-quality research that explores the intersection of law, intellectual property, and technology. We aim to advance knowledge and understanding of these fields, fostering interdisciplinary collaboration, and providing insights that are relevant and beneficial to both our immediate community and the wider world. Our research is grouped into several thematic areas, each led by experts in the field.


This research theme focuses on the legal challenges and opportunities arising from the globalisation of technology and intellectual property. We aim to investigate the effects of globalisation on IP regimes, technology transfer, digital trade, cross-border data flows and the balance between global standards and local needs.

Innovation Economics

Our research in this area is centred on the economics of innovation, specifically as it relates to intellectual property and technology law. We explore how IP rights, such as patents, copyrights, and trademarks, can incentivise or hinder innovation and creativity, and how the law can be used to promote technological development and economic growth.


This research theme addresses the relationship between IP law, technology, and sustainability. We aim to understand how law and policy can promote global health and encourage the development and use of green technologies, and how intellectual property rights can be balanced with the need for global health and environmental sustainability.


Our research on e-democracy and e-government explores the legal implications of using digital technologies in democratic processes. We investigate how technology can be used to promote democratic participation, transparency, and accountability, and the legal challenges that arise in this context.


Our competition research theme explores the intersection between competition law, innovation and IP rights in the digital age. We examine how competition laws and policies can be designed to promote fair competition in the algorithmic and digital economy, considering issues such as market dominance, antitrust, and innovation.

Artificial Intelligence

In this research theme, we explore the legal and ethical implications of artificial intelligence and other disruptive technologies. This includes investigating issues related to AI ethics, algorithmic bias, decision-making and accountability, and the role of IP rights in the development and use of AI.

Creative Economy

This research area focuses on the legal aspects of the creative economy, with a particular focus on the role of IP rights in promoting creativity and innovation. We explore issues such as copyright law, the protection of cultural heritage, and the legal challenges facing the creative industries.


In this research area, we examine the legal, ethical, and policy issues related to cybersecurity. This includes investigating the role of law in promoting cybersecurity, the balance between security and privacy, and the legal challenges posed by cybercrime.

Platforms and Metaverse

Our research on platforms and metaverse explores the legal challenges posed by digital platforms and the emerging concept of the metaverse. We investigate issues related to platform regulation, intermediary liability, virtual reality law, and the role of IP rights in the metaverse.

Digital Human Rights

This theme explores the intersection of human rights and digital technology. We investigate the impact of digital technologies on a range of human rights, including freedom of expression, privacy, and non-discrimination, and how the law can be used to protect these rights in the digital age.

By embracing a broad range of thematic areas, our Centre is well-positioned to address the complex and evolving challenges at the intersection of technology, intellectual property, and the law. Through our research, we seek to advance knowledge and understanding in these fields, contribute to policy debates, and provide valuable insights for scholars, policymakers, industry partners, and students.