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Ben Farrand



Associate Professor


School of Law
University of Warwick
Tel: +44(0)24 765 74723

Research Interests

Intellectual property; copyright; European Union law; European Governance; political economy; law and technology; law and politics


PhD in Law (European University Institute); MSc Political Research (University of Strathclyde); LLM in Comparative, European, and International Laws (European University Institute); LLM in Commercial Law (University of Sheffield); LLB in European, International and Comparative Law (University of Sheffield).

Ben joined the University of Warwick School of Law in September 2015, having previously been Lecturer for Intellectual Property Law and Policy at the University of Strathclyde from April 2012. He has published the book 'Networks of Power in Digital Copyright Law and Policy: Political Salience, Expertise and the Legislative Process' in 2014, which was subsequently published as a paperback at the end of September 2015. An article on comparative biotechnology regulation has recently been published in the Intellectual Property Quarterly, and an article on the implications of Brexit for IP law and policy is due for publication in the Journal of Common Market Studies.

Ben's research focuses predominantly on the interaction between law and politics, in particular in the development of copyright law and policy at the European level. Other research interests include contemporary issues in patent policy, Internet law, regulatory theory, and law and policy in human enhancement technologies.

Ben currently teaches intellectual property at the undergraduate and postgraduate levels. He is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, holds a Postgraduate Diploma in Advanced Academic Studies

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Research Projects

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  • Farrand, Benjamin Matthew, 2016. The EU portability regulation : one small step for cross-border access, one giant leap for commission copyright policy?. European Intellectual Property Review, 38 (6), View
  • Carrapico, Helena, Farrand, Benjamin Matthew, 2016. 'Dialogue, partnership and empowerment for network and information security' : the changing role of the private sector from regulation adopters to regulation shapers. Crime, Law and Social Change, pp. 1-19, View
  • Farrand, Benjamin Matthew, 2016. Human embryonic stem cells and patent law in the EU and China : convergence in standards through divergence in institutions. Intellectual Property Quarterly, pp. 260-277, View
  • Farrand, Benjamin Matthew, 2016. Two continents, divided by deep philosophical waters? Why geographical indications pose a challenge to the completion of the transatlantic trade and investment partnership. European Journal of Risk Regulation, 7 (2), pp. 269-273, View
  • Farrand, Benjamin Matthew, 2015. Lobbying and lawmaking in the European Union : the development of copyright law and the rejection of the anti-counterfeiting trade agreement. Oxford Journal of Legal Studies, 35 (3), pp. 487-514, View
Books and Chapters
  • Farrand, Benjamin Matthew, 2016. The future of copyright enforcement online : intermediaries caught between formal and informal governance in the EU. In: Stamatoudi, Irini A.; (ed.), New developments in EU and international copyright law, Alphen aan den Rijn, Kluwer Law International, pp. 397-416, View
  • Farrand, Benjamin Matthew, 2014. Networks of power in digital copyright law and policy : political salience, expertise and the legislative process: Abingdon, Oxon, New York, NY : Routledge, View

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