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Dr Luke Mcdonagh

Position: Lecturer
School: Law

Tel: +44(0)29 2087 4049
Fax: +44 29208 74097
Ext: 74049



Dr Luke McDonagh is Lecturer in Law at Cardiff University. Before taking up this position he was LSE Fellow in the Law Department at the London School of Economics (LSE) for the period 2011-2013.

In the academic year 2014-15 he is a Visiting Scholar at Waseda University Law School, Tokyo, Japan.

Luke holds a PhD from Queen Mary, University of London (2011), an LLM from the London School of Economics (LSE) (2006-7) and a BCL degree from NUI, Galway (2002-05). During the period of his LSE Fellowship (2011-13), he undertook a project investigating the way copyright law works in the world of theatre, interviewing playwrights, directors and actors, which resulted in an article being published in The Modern Law Review in 2014. His PhD research involved empirical analysis of the relationship between Irish traditional music and copyright. He has also conducted empirical research in the area of intellectual property litigation in projects supported with funding granted by the UK Intellectual Property Office.

During 2011-2013 he taught Intellectual Property Law and Public Law at LSE and during 2007-2011 he taught EU Law, Public Law and Administrative Law at Queen Mary. He currently teaches Intellectual Property Law and EU Law at Cardiff University.

His research into the issue of patent troll litigation in the UK was cited in a House of Commons debate in March 2014:

He was also quoted in this February 2014 BBC article concerning copyright and piracy of satellite TV broadcasts

He tweets at

Where possible, his recent publications are accessible online from the links below:

'Plays, Performances and Power Struggles - Examining Copyright's "Integrity" in the Field of Theatre,' Modern Law Review 77 (2014), 533.

With Brian Love and Christian Helmers, 'Is there a Patent Troll Problem in the UK?,' Fordham Intellectual Property, Media and Entertainment Law Journal 24 (2014), 509.

With Katrin Cremers, Max Ernicke, Fabian Gaessler, Dietmar Harhoff, Christian Helmers, Paula Schliessler and Nicolas van Zeebroeck, 'Patent Litigation in Europe,' ZEW Discussion Paper No. 13-072 (2013) -

'Copyright, Contract and FOSS' in Free and Open Source Software: Policy, Law and Practice (N. Shemtov and I. Walden, eds.) (Oxford University Press, 2013) -

With Jonathan Griffiths, 'Fundamental Rights and European Intellectual Property Law - The Case of Art 17(2) of the EU Charter,' in Constructing European IP: Achievements and New Perspectives (Christoph Geiger ed.) (Edward Elgar, 2013) -

With Christian Helmers, 'Patent Litigation in the UK' LSE Law, Society and Economy Working Paper No. 12/2012;

With Christian Helmers, 'Trolls at the High Court?' LSE Law, Society and Economy Working Paper No. 13/2012

'Rearranging the Roles of the Performer and the Composer in the Music Industry – the Potential Significance of Fisher v Brooker,' Intellectual Property Quarterly 1 (2012), 64-76 -

‘Headlines and hyperlinks: UK copyright law post-Infopaq,’ Queen Mary Journal of Intellectual Property 1 (2) (2011), 184–187 -