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School of Business and Management

Dr Fernando Barrio


Lecturer in Business Law

Telephone: +44 (0)207 882 5616
Room Number: Room 3.30, Bancroft Building, Mile End Campus


Student drop-in and feedback hours

Mondays: 3.00pm-4.00pm, Thursdays: 4.00pm-5.00pm

Fernando Barrio is a Lecturer in Business Law. He teaches in both the School of Business and Management and the Department of Law.

The main topic that underlines his whole research and public engagement experience is the global regulation of information technology, intellectual property and their application to business. Currently, Fernando is focused on agri-food and agri-business regulation, including legal issues of smart farming and biotechnology.

He has designed and directed research projects that attracted funding from the Government of Argentina and from the EU. 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 carried out his undergraduate studies in International Relations at the Universidad de Belgrano, Buenos Aires Argentina. 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 and a Postgraduate Professional Diploma in Peace Studies and Conflict Resolution from Chulalongkorn University, Thailand.

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.

From January 2003 to December 2009 he was Senior Lecturer in Business Law, module leader of E-Business Law, Intellectual Property Law and Business Law, and course leader of the Masters in E-Business Regulation, at the London Metropolitan University. In 2009 moved back to Argentina to teach Cyberlaw, Intellectual Property Law and Media Law at the Universidad Nacional de Rio Negro, while being the Director of the Law Programme.

In 2007 was selected as the E. Desmond Lee Visiting Professor in Global Awareness by the Webster University, USA, in 2008 the British Higher Education Academy named him UK Law Teacher of the Year and in 2012 was Rotary Peace Fellow.

Undergraduate Teaching

BUS142- Contemporary Legal Issues in Business Management (BSc Business with Law)

BUS143- Contemporary Legal Issues in Business Management (LLB Law with Business)

BUS205- Business Law

Postgraduate Teaching

MSc and LLM dissertation supervision


Research Interests:

Fernando's main areas of research 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.





“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


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


“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

Public Engagement

Fernando has given speeches and conferences and published in the Americas, Asia, Europe and Oceania on Intellectual Property, Information Technology and Legal Education issues, has been consultant for governments and companies in Europe and Latin America and has participated in the UN WSIS-Follow up Meetings as well as in the WIPO's Standing Committee on the Law of Patents as observer.