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Professor Guido Westkamp, Dr jur. (Münster), LLM Intellectual Property (London), First and Second German State Examination (Münster/Düsseldorf)


Professor of Intellectual Property and Comparative Law

Telephone: +44 (0)20 7882 8096


Guido Westkamp is Professor of Intellectual Property and Comparative Law and course director for the University of London LLM courses "Intellectual Property in the Digital Millennium", 'Intellectual Property Transactions' and 'Intellectual Property in the Creative Industries'. He is also the academic director for the MSc in Intellectual Property Management and course director for the MSc Copyright and Designs course. He further coordinates the European Intellectual Property Institutions Network (EIPIN) at CCLS.

Guido Westkamp studied Law at the Universities of Münster/Germany (1992-1997) and London (QM) (1994-95), and English and Russian Languages in Berlin (1991-1992) and Münster (1992-94). He is a qualified German attorney and previously worked for international firms in IT/IP law. First German State Examination Hamm 1997; Second German State Examination Düsseldorf 2000; LLM Intellectual Property (London) 2001; Dr. jur. (Münster) 2002 (scl); Certificate in English Law (Münster) 1997; Intermediate Examination, English Philology (Münster) 1993.

Visiting positions include posts at the Universities of Münster (Germany), Alicante (Spain), Hong Kong, TU Dresden (Germany), Wroclaw (Poland) and Skopje (Macedonia). His work includes pre-accession consultancy on Intellectual Property law in new EU member states, management of EU funded projects and professional training in Intellectual Property. He was also involved in the evaluation of the Directive on Copyright in the information society (EC Commission) and is a frequent speaker at international conferences and workshops.

Guido held a generous grant from the Westfield Trust to conduct a research project on the implications of human rights on copyright law (2008-2010).

Postgraduate Teaching

  • QLLM042 Intellectual Property in the Digital Millennium
  • QLLM066 Intellectual Property Transactions
  • QLLM095 Intellectual Property in the Creative Industries


Copyright and Author's Right Systems and their Harmonisation; IP in Digital Technology; Boundaries and Overlaps of Information Protection; Database and Software Protection; Technological Measures; IP Licensing; Conflict of Laws in IP; European Competition Law and IP; Emerging Human Rights Issues in Copyright and Related Rights; Comparative Media Law (Press and Broadcasting Law, Personality Rights); Trade Mark and Unfair Competition Law; Design Law.



Commissioned Studies

Chapters and Journal Articles

  • Two Constitutional Cultures, Technological Enforcement and User Creativity: The Impending Collapse of the EU Copyright Regime?53 (2022) International Review of Intellectual Property and Competition Law (IIC) 62-93.
  • Referenz und Transformation im britischen Copyright Law 83 (2019) 1 Archiv für Medienrecht und Medienwissenschaften (UFITA) 42-61, ISSN 2568-9185.
  • Persônlichkeitsschutz in Großbritannien (England und Wales), in: Götting/Schertz/Seitz, Handbuch Persönlichkeitsrecht, Munich: CH Beck, 2nd ed. 2019, 1254-1289 pp, ISBN 978-3-406-70669-1. 
  • One or Several Super-Rights? The (Subtle) Impact of the Digital Single Market on a Future EU Copyright Architecture, in: Kung-Chung, L./Hilty, R., Remuneration of Copyright Owners — Regulatory Challenges of New Business Models, Springer, 2017, ISBN 978-3-662-53809-8
  • Exhaustion and the Internet as a Distribution Channel: the Relationship Between Intellectual Property and European Law in Search of Clarification, in: Calboli/Lee: Research Handbook on Intellectual Property Exhaustion and Parallel Imports, Edward Elgar 2016, ISBN 978 1 78347 870 5
  • Intellectual Property and Human Rights: Reputation, Integrity and the Advent of Corporate Personality Rights, in: C. Geiger (ed.), Research Handbook on Intellectual Property and Human Rights (Edward Elgar 2015)
  • Copyright Reform and Necessary Flexibilities (2014) 45 International Review of Intellectual Property and Competition Law 497 (Editorial)
  • The new German publisher's right – a violation of European Law? A comment [2013] Queen Mary Journal of Intellectual Property 241-250.
  • Personality Rights, Unfair Competition and Extended Causes of Action, in: Kur/Lee/Ohly/Westkamp (eds.), Intellectual Property, Unfair Competition and Publicity - Convergences and Development, EIPIN Series Vol. II., Edward Elgar 2013.
  • Private Life and the Margin of Appreciation, Introductory Note to the European Court of Human Rights: Alex Springer AG v. Germany and Von Hannover v. Germany (No. 2) [2012] 51 International Legal Materials (ILM) 631-640.
  • Öffentliche versus private Wiedergabe im europäischen Urheberrecht, (2012) Europaeische Zeitschrift fuer Wirtschaftsrecht (EuZW), 698-705; ISSN 09377204.
  • Emerging Escape Clauses? Online Exhaustion, Consent and European Copyright Law, in: Jan Rosén (ed.), Intellectual Property at the Crossroads of Trade, ATRIP Yearbook 2011, Cheltenham: Edward Elgar 2012, ISBN 978 1 78195 168 2.
  • Persona in Copyright: The Treatment of the Public Interest in Cases Concerning "Reflexive" Copyright Protection for Aspects of one's Personality in UK Law, in: J. Balcarczyk (ed.), Rights of Personality in the XXIst Century: New Values, New Rules, New Technologies, Wolters Kluwer Law International  2011.
  • Criminalising IP in the UK: From Trade Mark Use to Illicit Downloads, in: C. Geiger (ed.), Criminal Enforcement of Intellectual Property: A Blessing or a Curse?, Cheltenham: Edward Elgar 2011
  • Code, Copyright, Competition: The Subversive Force of Para-Copyright and the Need for an Unfair Competition based Re-Assessment of DRM Laws after /Infopaq/ 58 [2011] 2 Journal of the Copyright Society of the USA601-661.
  • "Property", "Commercial Torts" oder "Celebrity Rights": Enwickelt das englische Recht ein Immaterialgüterrecht an Persönlichkeitslizenzen? 110 (2011) Zeitschrift für vergleichende Rechtswissenschaft (ZverglRWiss) 149-170 (ISSN 0044-3638)
  • Personality Trade Marks and their Limits (2011) Journal of Intellectual Property Law & Practice 320-324
  • The Digital Economy Act and Copyright Liability: Initial Observations on the Dangers of Self-Regulation [2010] 6 Computer Law Review International (CRi) 170-178. 
  • Property und Celebrity Rights: Zum Schutz von Lizenzen an Persönlichkeitsrechten im englischen Recht, in: H.-P.Götting/C. Schlüter (eds.), Nourriture de l'Esprit - Festschrift für Dieter Stauder zum 70. Geburtstag, Nomos: Baden-Baden 2011, 309-326; ISBN 978-3-8329-6436-8.
  • Direct Appropriation, Unfair Competition and Quasi-Proprietary Rights: the Decline of Freedom of Speech in Web 2.0 [2009] 2 EIPR 73-80.
  • Celebrity Rights in the UK after the Human Rights Act: Confidentiality, Privacy and Publicity, in: P. Machnikowski (Ed.), Prace z prawa cywilnego dla uczczenia pamie;cie Profesora Jana Kosika/Articles on civil law -- A tribute to Professor Jan Kosik, Wroclaw 2009, ISBN ISBN: 978-83-229-3040-3. 
  • Code Protection, End Users and Fair Use : Mutations of the Copyright Nexus Debate [2009] 10 Computer Law Review International (CRI) 104-109, ISSN 1610-7608.
  • The Three-Step Test and Copyright Limitations in Europe: European Copyright Law between Approximation and National Decision Making [2008] 55 Journal of the Copyright Society of the USA 401-465.
  • Persönlichkeitsschutz in Grossbritannien (Chapter 75), in: H.-P. Götting/C Schertz/W Seitz (eds.), Beck'sches Handbuch des Persönlichkeitsrechts, Munich: CH Beck 2008, ISBN: 3406570496.
  • The Limits of Open Source: Consumer Protection, Exhaustion and Co-Existence with Copyright Law [2008] 1 Intellectual Property Quarterly 14 - 57.
  • The Database Debate (Comments) 3 [2008] 57 Case Western Reserve Law Review (in print).
  • A Story of Copyright in Adaptations [2008] 3 Journal of Intellectual Property Law and Practice 156-159
  • Post-mortem Protection and Domain Name Use [2007] Ox. Journal of Intellectual Property Law and Practice (JIPLP) 720-724
  • Changing Mechanisms in Copyright's Ontology - Structure, Reasoning and the Fate of the Public Domain, in: G. Westkamp (ed.), Emerging Issues in Modern Intellectual Property: Trade, Technology, Market Freedom, Essays in Memory of Herchel Smith, Queen Mary Studies in Intellectual Property Vol. XII, Edward Elgar, 2007, pp. 78-103, ISBN 1 84542 775 0 [URL]
  • Intellectual Property, Competition Rules and the Emerging Internal Market: Some Thoughts on the European Exhaustion Doctrine 12 [2007] 1 Marquette Intellectual Property Law Review 291-335.
  • Digital Rights Management, Internet Governance and the Autopoiesis of Modern Copyright Law [2006-2007] 4 Contemporary Issues in Law 318-338.
  • Information Access, Lex Digitalis and Fundamental Rights in Modern Copyright Law , in: F.Macmillan (ed.), New Directions in Copyright, Volume IV, Cheltenham : Edward Elgar, 2007, pp. 224-251, ISBN 1 84542 263 5.
  • Characterization and Incidental Question in German Private International Law: The Problem of 'Limping Marriages' (Qualifikation und Vorfrage im Internationalen Privatrecht am Beispiel hinkender Ehen)" [2004] SSRN
  • Author's Rights and Internet Regulation: The End of the Public Domain or Constitutional Re-Conceptualization?, in M.P. Pugatch (Editor), The Intellectual Property Debate: Perspectives from Law, Economics and Political Economy, Cheltenham: Edward Elgar, 2006, 268-292, ISBN: 1845420381
  • The Qualification of Traditional Cultural Expressions in Private International Law: A Preliminary Appraisal, in F. Macmillan & K. Bowrey (Editors), New Directions in Copyright Law: Volume 3, Cheltenham: Edward Elgar, 2006, 198-228, ISBN: 1845422627
  • Zur Durchsetzbarkeit von Immaterialgüterrechten in Bulgarien (Co-author with M. Blakeney and J. Gibson) [2006] 15(9) Wirtschaft und Recht in Osteuropa 271-276, ISSN: 0941-6293
  • The Recognition and Status of Traditional Knowledge in the Conflict of Laws [2006] 88(8) Journal of the Patent and Trade Mark Office Society 699-725, ISSN: 0882-9098
  • Research Agreements and Joint Ownership of Intellectual Property Rights in Private International Law [2006] 37(6) International Review of Intellectual Property and Competition Law 637-661, ISSN: 0018-9855
  • Hyperlinks, Circumvention Technology and Contributory Infringement: A Precarious Tale from German Jurisprudence [2006] 1(5) Journal of Intellectual Property Law and Practice 309-313, ISSN: 1747-1532
  • Workshop: Intellectual Property Rights Issues of Digital Publishing: Presence and Perspectives (Contributor) [2005] 2(2) SCRIPT-ed 144-244, ISSN: 1744-2567
  • Overlapping Intellectual Property Protection and the Proportionality Principle in International Trade Regulation, in F.W. Grosheide and J.J. Brinkhof (Editors), Intellectual Property Law 2004: Articles on Crossing Borders between Traditional and Actual, Antwerp: Intersentia, 2005, 95-117, ISBN: 9050954812 [URL]
  • Convergence of Intellectual Property Rights and the Establishment of "Hybrid" Protection under TRIPs, in F. Macmillan (Editor), New Directions in Copyright: Volume 1, Cheltenham: Edward Elgar, 2005, 108-130, ISBN: 1845422600 [URL]
  • Transient Copying and Public Communications: The Creeping Evolution of Use and Access Rights in European Copyright Law [2004] 36(5) George Washington International Law Review 1057-1108, ISSN: 1534-9977
  • Intellectual Property and Access to Genetic Material: Copyright as an Alternative Form of Protection? [2004] 1(3) Journal of International Biotechnology Law 111-116, ISSN: 1612-6068
  • Common Law Misappropriation Concepts Surpass Material Reciprocity: The Investments in Collections of Information Bill 2003 [2004] 5(1) Computer Law Review International 1-6, ISSN: 1610-7608
  • Protecting Databases under US and European Law: Methodical Approaches to the Protection of Investments between Unfair Competition and Intellectual Property Concepts [2003] 34(7) International Review of Industrial Property and Copyright Law 772-803, ISSN: 0018-9855 [URL]
  • Database Protection under an Intellectual Property Model: Has the Time Come for a Flexible Assessment? [2003] 8 Fordham Intrenational Intellectual Property Law & Policy.
  • TRIPS Principles, Reciprocity and the Creation of Sui-Generis-Type Intellectual Property Rights for New Forms of Technology [2003] 6(6) The Journal of World Intellectual Property 827-859, ISSN: 1422-2213
  • Towards Access Rights in UK Copyright Law: Some Remarks on the Proposed Implementation of the EU Copyright Directive [2003] 4(1) Computer Law Review International 11-17, ISSN: 1610-7608
  • Balancing Database Sui Generis Right with European Monopoly Control under Article 82 (1) EC [2001] 22(1) European Competition Law Review 13-24, ISSN: 0144-3054

Public Engagement

Professor Guido Westkamp will, from 2013, participate as an expert on European copyright law in a project concerning the “Assessment of the impact of the European copyright framework on digitally-supported education and training practices”, funded by the European Commission, DG Media and Culture.

Professor Guido Westkamp is further part of a multi-institutional project -“Enhancing Intellectual Property Capacities for Agricultural Development - IP4Growth”, co-financed by the European Commission through the ACP Edulink programme. The program aims to provide assistance to beneficiary universities in Burkina Faso, Ivory Coast and Senegal in order to contribute to the agricultural and socio-economic development in West African countries and to strengthen their competences in Intellectual Property (IP) management.

In 2013-2014, Prof Westkamp further took part in a multi-disciplinary research project on film literacy, commissioned by the European Commission (DG Media and Culture), where he was in charge of issues concerning the use of films for educational purposes under European copyright laws. He further participated in a research project addressing questions of collective licensing of music for digital uses, commissioned by the Austrian Internet Service Providers Association.

He further sits on the advisory board for the European Commission’s General Directorate for Research and Innovation stakeholder forum as part of the study “Innovation Union Commitment 21 on Knowledge Transfer”.

Professor Westkamp is a member of the Queen Mary Intellectual Property Research Institute.

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