The NewIPL Executive Committee is a group of dynamic and enthusiastic young professionals who are passionate about all things IP.

From promoting NewIPL globally to editing the IPowL Blog, to organizing conference and seminars, the Executive Committee works to bring together IP enthusiasts and professionals together from all corners of the world.

Hayleigh Bosher

Hayleigh Bosher CUP imageDr Hayleigh Bosher is Senior Lecturer in Intellectual Property Law at Coventry University and Book Review Editor for the IPKat blog. She is also a Visiting Lecturer in IP at the University of the Arts London (UAL) and a Research Fellow at the Centre for Intellectual Property, Policy and Management. She holds a PhD in Copyright Law from Bournemouth University, under the Vice Chancellor’s Scholarship Award. Her thesis focused on digital copyright infringement by way of copying and communication to the public online and the application of law to the internet. Her research interests include intellectual property, copyright, digital copyright infringement, and legal education. Whilst at CIPPM Hayleigh has been involved in a number of research projects including; a collaborative project between CREATe and CIPPM, funded by RCUK/AHRC since 2013.

 As part of New IP Lawyers Executive Committee, Hayleigh organised the event Performers’ Rights: An Evening of Discussion and Performance

For further information or to contact, please see Hayleigh’s LinkedIn Profile.

Mekhala Chaubal

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Mekhala is Canadian lawyer focused on building experience in all areas of intellectual property law. A graduate of Osgoode Hall Law School, Canada,  she is immersed in learning about intellectual property in a transnational context, particularly as it pertains to innovation and emerging economies.

As part of the NewIPL Executive Committee, Mekhala manages the website and serves on the Editorial Team.

In addition, Mekhala writes on IPEye, a blog focusing on intellectual property issues in the emerging world that she co-founded in law school.

For information, or to get in touch, check out Mekhala’s LinkedIn profile.


Izarne Marko Goikoetxea

Izarne MarkoIzarne is a lawyer with an educational background in the Spanish legal system, European Union law and International law  (in graduate and postgraduate level), in the framework of the Erasmus + Jean Monnet Chair (European Commission’s initiative). Nowadays, she is pursuing an interdisciplinary Ph.D. at Erasmus Mundus Joint International Doctoral Degree in Law, Science and Technology (LAST-JD), funded by the European Commission (EACEA), around different European and North American universities.

Her thesis is focused on the intersection between Intellectual Property Law and Competition Law in the ICT (Information and Communication Technology) sector, an environment where technology innovation is the key to dominate that market. Specifically, she analyses Fair, Reasonable and Non-Discriminatory (FRAND) licensing agreements of Standard Essential Patents (SEPs) and the abuse of dominant position.

As a member of the NewIPL Executive Committee, she is responsible for the general management of the network, she contributes to website management  and networking and she occasionally writes on the NewIPL’s IPowL Blog.

For further information or to contact her, do not hesitate to check out Izarne’s LinkedIn Profile.           

Mathilde Pavis


Mathilde 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. Her research interest in Intellectual Property Laws focuses mainly on Copyright and Performers’ Rights in their interaction with contemporary forms of art including performing practices.

She is a co-founder of the Network. As part of the NewIPL Executive Committee, she is responsible for the general management of the Network and contributes to the organisation of its events. She also occasionally writes on the NewIPL’s IPowL Blog.

For further information or to contact her, do not hesitate to check Mathilde’s LinkedIn Profile. 

Viola Prifti


Viola is an expert of plant variety protection laws and is currently working on the patentability of human embryonic stem cells at the Foundation for Intellectual Property sponsored by the Japan Patent Office. Her work on plant variety protection has been widely published and recently cited in Nature Biotechnology. Viola has been an invited speaker in many international conferences, including the 2014 Bayer Cropscience Global Lawyers and Patent Conference, the 2012 European Policy for Intellectual Property, a plenary speaker at the 2015 ATRIP conference, and a lecturer at the summer school “Rights & Science” of the Jean Monnet centre at the University of Perugia. She holds a B.A. in law, a M.A. in International and EU law (with distinction), a magistrate degree from the University of Pisa in Italy, and a PhD (magna cum laude) from the Institute of Law & Economics, Hamburg University. In the past, she has worked in several legal environments both in Italy and Germany, and has been a postdoctoral researcher at the Max Planck Institute for Innovation and Competition in Munich and in an IP Centre in the UK. Viola is fluent in English, Italian, Albanian, German, and she also has a good knowledge of French and Spanish.
As part of the NewIPL Executive Committee, she has organized two PhD workshops on ethics of intellectual property rights in the UK and Italy. She contributes to event organization, website management, editorial work, networking, and writes on the NewIPL’s IPowL Blog.

Viola is also the editor of the blog PlantVarietyProtection.

For more information, check her publicationsViola’s LinkedIn Profile

h Nath Upreti

Screen Shot 2018-01-11 at 21.50.58.pngPratyush is a Lawyer admitted to Nepal Bar Council. He is a Doctoral Researcher at Sciences Po Law School. Currently, he is a visiting research fellow at Max Planck Institute for Innovation and Competition. He has represented international organizations at the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), specialized agencies of the United Nations. He was also part of a team to submit an amicus curiae in leading UNCITRAL, ICSID Case. He has taught Intellectual Property Law & International Trade Law at Euro-American Programme of Sciences Po Reims Campus. His work has been featured in reputed journals/Books such as The Journal of World Intellectual Property, Journal of Intellectual Property Law & Practice, European Intellectual Property Review (EIPR), Oxford Handbook on International Law in Asia and Pacific (forthcoming) and among others. His interest includes Intellectual Property law, International Investment Law, WTO related issues, among other areas. He was a visiting fellow at Centre for Intellectual Property Policy & Management (CIPPM), Bournemouth and is a senior fellow at Global Policy Forum for Nepal, United Kingdom.

As part of the NewIPL Executive committee, he has organized first national IP essay competition in Nepal. He is responsible for the networking, organization and serves on the Editorial Team. He also contributes to the NewIPL’s IPowl Blog.

For further information or to contact him, do not hesitate to check Pratyush Linkedin profile.


Hasan Yilmaztekin


 is a judge (on leave) from Turkey. Nowadays, he is doing a PhD at the University of Exeter, UK. His research interests revolve around international intellectual property law, international human rights law and the human capabilities approach, particularly around the interfaces among these three in a participatory culture.

Hasan is a co-founder of the Network. As part of the NewIPL Executive Committee, he is responsible for the general management of the Network and contributes to the organisation of its events. He occasionally writes on the NewIPL’s IPowL Blog.

To contact him, please feel free to email



Laura Zoboli

foto-lauraLaura Zoboli is a lawyer and a Ph.D. candidate at Bocconi University, where she is Teaching Assistant in the field of Intellectual Property. Her thesis deals with the balance between Intellectual Property and Competition Law in relation to the geo-blocking practice. As a researcher of the ASK Center, she is currently part of the Heritage Plus Project EnDOW (“Enhancing access to 20th Century cultural heritage through Distributed Orphan Works clearance”). Laura is a faculty member of the affiliated course at Bocconi University of “CopyrightX”, a twelve-week networked course offered annually under the auspices of Harvard Law School, the HarvardX distance-learning initiative and the Berkman Klein Center for Internet and Society.

As part of the NewIPL Executive Committee, Laura contributes to event organization and networking.

For information, or to get in touch, check out Laura’s LinkedIn Profile.