Founding Members

Mathilde Pavis is an AHRC-funded PhD researcher based at the School of Law of the University of Exeter. She teaches in a variety of module including Intellectual Property Law, French of Contract and French Administrative Law. She is currently a member of the intersdiciplinary InVisible Difference Project. In March 2014 she received the first prize of the Interleges Essay Competition for her article titled: ‘True-shareholderism is stakeholderist.’

Mathilde’s research interest in Intellectual Property Laws focuses mainly on Copyright and Performers’ Rights in their interaction with contemporary forms of art including performing practices. For the purpose of her thesis, she analyses the legal understanding of creativity in various jurisdictions as reflected in caselaw and statutory provisions. She argues in favour of reforming performers’ rights to better the legal protection of this class of artists. Her research adopts a comparative approach and relies on performing arts studies and creativity research.

Hasan Yilmaztekin is a judge (on leave) from Turkey. He is currently a PhD candidate and the International Doctoral Award holder of the College of Social Sciences and International Studies at the University of Exeter, UK. His research interests include international intellectual property law, international human rights law and the human development (capabilities) approach, particularly the interfaces among these three through an inter-disciplinary perspective. A strong proponent for ‘a fair culture’ ideal in intellectual property law, Hasan focuses on the post-TRIPs era, the international and national (US, UK and EU) legal architecture of this era and its impact on human capabilities from a human rights perspective. He believes that this research project can further be improved through empirical studies to understand the role of intellectual property in contributing human development.

Hasan earned his LLB from the University of Ankara and his LLM in International Business Law with distinction from the University of Exeter with the Dean’s Commendation for his academic excellence. In June 2014, Hasan was awarded the Golding Essay Prize for his essay titled ‘Lucasfilm and Solvay: Does being admitted to a court suffice to attain access to justice for foreign intellectual property rights?’ by the Competition Law Association. He was also selected as one of the first scholars of the International Law Association’s Regional Conference held in Lisbon in September 2014. In February 2015, he was granted a Researcher-Led Initiative award by the University of Exeter for organising the first ever conference of the New IP Lawyers Network.