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Dr Mathilde Pavis

Lecturer in Law

Amory 103D

Mathilde joined the University of Exeter as a Lecturer in Law in July 2016. She holds a Licence and Maitrise in Law from the University of Rennes (France), an LLM and PhD from the University of Exeter.

Mathilde teaches on a range of module including intellectual property law, contract law and French law. She is also a guest lecturer at King's College London. 

Mathilde’s research primarily focuses in the areas of intellectual property law (copyright, performers’ rights and trademark), cultural heritage regulation and their respective intersections with new technologies, creativity, performance and disability broadly understood. 

Mathilde received several awards for her research, including the 2012 Interleges Award and the 2015 ATRIP award for her work in company law and intellectual property respectively. In 2015, she was a John W. Kluge Research Fellow at the US Library of Congress in Washington DC.

She is the co-founder of the network New IP Lawyers (NIPL) which gathers early-career researchers and practitioners in intellectual property law.


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Research interests

Mathilde’s doctoral research focused on exploring the meaning of “creativity” given by legislators and judges in the context of copyright law. It identified the consequences that such definition triggered on the protection of performing artists in most western jurisdictions.

In 2016, Mathilde collaborated with Pr. Charlotte Waelde to produce a policy report commissioned by the Arts Council England on the current state of educational resources on copyright law available in the UK.

In 2015, she piloted a new AHRC-funded project entitled “Who owns the Art of the Insane?” as a research fellow at the US Library of Congress in Washington DC. This project investigates the socio-legal status of artists with intellectual disabilities in the American and English societies through time (1850-present).

Mathilde has been a research member of the AHRC-funded project “InVisible Difference: Dance, Disability and the Law” from 2013 to 2016. This project explored the ways in which the legal system broadly understood supports the work made by professional dance artists in the UK.

She is currently undertaking research on the applications of distributed-ledgers and block-chain technologies in intellectual property laws. She is also one of the editor of the forthcoming edited collection on intangible cultural heritage published by Edward Elgar.

Research funding and awards to date:

  • AHRC doctoral studentship (fees and maintenance grant), grant number: AH/J006491/1 (2013) – Project title: Invisible Difference : Dance, Disability and the Law (53,139 GBP).
  • Arts Council England Policy Report Commission (9,052 GBP).
  • AHRC fellowship at the Kluge Research Center (US Library of Congress) (2015) – Project title: ‘Owning (up to) the Art of the Insane’ (5,500 GBP).
  • ATRIP Award covering travelling expenses to the association’s annual congress, 2015 (3,000 EUR).
  • University of Exeter Postgraduate Research Development Scheme (500 GBP).
  • University of Exeter Postgraduate Poster Competition (200 GBP).


Research supervision

Mathilde is happy to supervise any students interested in copyright law, trademark, neighboring rights (intellectual property) and cultural heritage law. 

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