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Dr Mathilde Pavis

Senior Lecturer in Law

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Mathilde joined the University of Exeter 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. She was a visiting scholarship at the University of Victoria (British Columbia, Canada) between June and August 2018.

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.

Office hours : I am not holding office hours in Term 2 due to study leave. 

Research interests

Mathilde’s research focuses primarily on the protection of performing artists under intellectual property laws. More recently, her work has explored the protection of intangible forms of cultural heritage, notably contemporary intangible expressions of heritage, by national and international laws. Mathilde will continue her work as visiting scholar at the University of Victoria (British Columbia, Canada) until September 2018. 

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. Mathilde has since then contributed to the public-facing resources 'The Game is On!' directed by Pr Ronan Deazley in collaboration with CopyrightUser.Org

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). Since then, Mathilde has been collaborating with professional art therapists and art mediators to develop best practice guidelines on the management of intellectual property rights for works created in the context of care or treatment. 

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.


Research funding and awards to date:


  • Wellcome Seed Corn Award (2018) (10,000 GBP) 
  • IAA-ESRC Business Boost Award (2018) (10,000 GBP) with Andrea Wallace. 
  • TC Beirne Law School - Visiting Scholar Bursay (5,000 US AUS)
  • UK-Canada Foundation (2018) (1,000 GBP)
  • Society of Legal Scholars (2017) (2,000 GBP)
  • BILETA Award (2017) (200 GBP)
  • Arts Council England Policy Report Commission (9,052 GBP) - with Pr Charlotte Waelde. 
  • 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 (2015) (3,000 EUR)
  • 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).

Research supervision

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

Modules taught

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