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School of Business and Management

Dr Fernando Barrio


Senior Lecturer in Business Law

Telephone: +44 (0)20 7882 5616
Room Number: Room 3.30, Francis Bancroft Building, Mile End Campus
Office Hours: Mondays 3.00pm - 4.00pm; Thursdays 4.00pm - 5.00pm



  • Director of International Engagement for the School of Business and Management
  • Academic Lead for Resilience and Sustainability for the QMGPI
  • Member of the Department of Business and Society


Fernando joined Queen Mary University of London in 2018  as lecturer in both the School of Business and Management and the School of Law, after moving from Argentina, where he was Ordinary Professor of Cyberlaw and Director of Law at the Universidad Nacional de Rio Negro. He is currently Senior Lecturer in Business Law at SBM.

Fernando carried out his undergraduate studies in International Relations at the Universidad de Belgrano, Buenos Aires, Argentina and Law at the University of London. He has a Masters in International Cooperation Studies (Legal System of International Cooperation) from the Graduate School of International Development of Nagoya University and a Ph.D. in International Cooperation from Nagoya University, Japan, as well as a Certificate in Learning and Teaching in Higher Education from the London Metropolitan University, a Postgraduate Professional Diploma in Peace Studies and Conflict Resolution from Chulalongkorn University, Thailand and a Postgraduate Certificate in Global Business and Politics from the Yale School of Management.

The main topic that underlines his scholarship and public engagement experience is the global regulation of information technology, intellectual property, human rights and their application to different industries and business. Currently, Fernando is focused on agri-food and agri-business regulation, particularly legal and policy issues of smart farming and biotechnology, climate change and sustainability related business regulatory framework, and community resilience policies. In Argentina was principal researcher at the Public Policy and Government Research Institute of the Universidad Nacional de Rio Negro and Researcher Category 1 of the National System of Incentives to Academic Research of the Argentine Ministry of Education.

Fernando was Japanese Ministry of Education and Science Scholar, the 2007 E. Desmond Lee Visiting Professor for Global Awareness at Webster University, HEA 2008 UK Law Teacher of the Year, and 2012 Rotary Peace Fellow.

Before entering full-time academia, he was Technical Advisor to the Governor of Rio Negro Province, Chief of Non Judicial Negotiations at Piatigorsky Lawyers, and was an adjunct member of the faculty at the School of Law and Social Sciences at the Universidad de Belgrano, all in Argentina.

Fernando is a certified Scuba Diving Instructor and Emergency First Response Instructor.

He is a member of the Equality, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) and the Health and Safety Committees the School of Business and Management.



  • BUS142: Contemporary Legal Issues in Business Management
  • BUS205: Business Law


Fernando's main areas of interest are business regulation, intellectual property and legal pedagogy. Currently, Fernando is focused on agri-food and agri-business regulation, including legal issues of smart farming and biotechnology.

He holds a Postgraduate Certificate in Academic Practice (PGCAP). 

In 2008 the British Higher Education Academy named him UK Law Teacher of the Year. 


Public Engagement

Fernando was the Head of International Relations of the Universidad Nacional de Rio Negro and in that capacity he has designed and directed academic networks that attracted funding from the Government of Argentina and from the EU, as well as being part of the Executive Committee of the Argentine National Universities International Cooperation Network. He has engaged in consultancy with organizations in the public and private sector, including the Government of Argentina, the City of London Corporation and the Government of Italy. Fernando has participated as permanent observer to the Select Committee on Patents of the World Intellectual Property Organisation, the follow-up meeting of the United Nations Worlds Summit for the Information Society, the UN Internet Governance Forum and has been invited to governmental fora in Argentina, Brazil, Colombia and Mexico.

Fernando has given speeches and conferences in the Americas, Asia, Europe and Oceania on Intellectual Property and Information Technology law and policy, and it has a stream of scholarship and engagement projects related to legal education and assessment.

In 2007 hosted the TV programme Global Thinking, on the Higher Education Channel of the US, he had a radio section on Global Policy issues on VyP Radio and has written in numerous magazines on IT and IP policy issues.

Scholarly Contributions

Pedagogic publications:

Book chapters

  • “El derecho humano a la educación y la propietización de la información en el derecho argentino y comparado” (2017), in Transferencia de Tecnología y Derecho, Aguilar Navarro, Carlos Oscar y Oscar Javier Solorio Perez, editors, ISBN 978-84-9143-625-6 Tirant Lo Blanch, México
  • Barrio, Fernando y Alfredo Bozzetti, “From justice that bites to justice through bytes: towards a more transparent and efficient judicial system in the Rio Negro province of Argentina” (2014), in Revolutionizing the Interaction Between State and Citizens through Digital Communications, Edwards, Sam y Diogo Santos, editors, ISBN 978-146-6662-92-6 IGI Global, USA
  • “La seguridad informática como requisito e imperativo procesal en la era digital” (2011) , in Los medios electrónicos y el derecho procesal, Ximena Puente de la Mora, editor, pps 171-196, ISBN 978-607-9136-33-8, Colima, México
  • "Technical and Legal Concerns About Global Card Payments" (2007), in Cyberlaw for Global E-Business: Finance, Payments and Dispute Resolution, Takashi Kubota, editor, pps 128-141, ISBN 978-1-59904-828-4, IGI Global, USA
  • “Doi Tung Development Project” (1999), F. Barrio et al, in Overseas Fieldwork Report 1998. An Integrated Development Analysis of Chiang Rai Province, Thailand. A case Study, Nagoya University
  • “Marketing, law and economic development: The case of Huay Poo Mai village in Chiang Rai, Northern Thailand” (1999), in Overseas Fieldwork Report 1998. An Integrated Development Analysis of Chiang Rai Province, Thailand. A case Study


Peer-reviewed journals

  • Barrio, Fernando y María Cecilia Sarricouet, “El derecho penal y la pornografía infantil en el derecho comparado a nivel internacional, de Argentina, Estados Unidos y Europa” (2016), 13:2 SCRIPTed, pps. 171-196, ISSN 1744-2567, University of Edinburgh
  • “La propietizacion de la informacion y el derecho a recibir conocimiento” (2015), Revista de Derecho Privado N°10, Vol. III, July 2015, pps. 3-19, ISSN 2250-7582 Ministry of Justice and Human Rights of Argentina.
  • López Jiménez, David y Fernando Barrio, "Los códigos de conducta reguladores del comercio electrónico en el espacio europeo. Los casos de Alemania, España e Italia " (2010), in Derecho y Tecnología 11/2010, pps 33-68, ISSN 1317-9306 Universidad Católica de Tachira: Venezuela
  • López Jiménez, David and Fernando Barrio, "El derecho de desistimiento en el ámbito de la contratación electrónica realizada en España" (2010), 7:3 SCRIPTed, pps 497-514, ISSN1744-2567, Scotland
  • López Jiménez, David y Fernando Barrio, "Apuntes en torno a las marcas de distribuidor: una visión en el actual contexto de crisis económica" (2010), in Comunicaciones en Propiedad Intelectual y Derecho de la Competencia, N°57, pps 17-52, ISSN 1579-3494, Spain
  • "Sobre la existencia del derecho informático" (2008), in AR: Revista de Derecho Informático, N°121, online, ISSN 1681- 5726, Peru
  • "The consistent inconsistency in defining cyberspace spatial legal boundaries" (2007), in Revista Académica, Universidad de La Salle, Año IV N° 8, pps 83-100, ISSN1665-8639, Mexico
  • “Regulación o autorregulación de los derechos del consumidor en Internet? Esa es la cuestión” (2006), Revista de Derecho, Comunicaciones y Nuevas Tecnologías, N 2, pps 123-136, ISSN 1794-9254, Colombia


Other publications

  • “The Massive Cyberattack or Chronicle of a Strike Foretold”, Circle ID, 25 October 2016, online
  • “Caring About Cybersecurity or Preparing the Ground for an I-Patriot Act?”, Circle ID, 11 September 2008, online
  • "Autonomous Robots and the Law" (2008), in Computers and Law, vol.19:4, pps 20-24, ISSN 0140-3249, England
  • “Time to rethink TRIPS?”, Intellectual Property Watch, Switzerland, August 2006. ISSN 1661-7355 online
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