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Kay Dunn


PhD Student

Website: @KDunn_QMUL


Thesis Title

Intellectual Property Protections for Scottish indigenous Cultural Heritage

Summry of Research

This thesis explores intangible cultural heritage (ICH) policy in Scotland, focussing on the indigenous highland and island populations and the relationship that ICH has with intellectual property (IP) law. This approach will discuss the need for recognition of indigenousness for this community within Scotland empowering them to control over their own ICH. It does so by applying a social justice lens to a comparative analysis of other national, regional, and international frameworks, alongside the use of case studies and interviews with heritage holders in order to propose a new legal system for protecting ICH in the Scottish highland and islands.


Kay Dunn holds a LLB (Hons) and an LLM with distinction from the University of Wolverhampton. Prior to her doctrinal research Kay worked for the University of Wolverhampton as a Graduate Teacher, whilst earning her PGCE in Post Compulsory Education as well as being recognised as a Fellow of Advance HE.

Kay Dunn was awarded the Herchel Smith Scholarship for IP law in 2021 and began her PhD at Queen Mary University of London in September 2021.


  • The First 100 Years Colloquium 'Celebrating Women in Law and Criminal Justice' (2019) 3 WLJ 77
  • Book Review: Metka Potocnik (author), Arbitrating Brands International Investment Treaties and Trade Marks. (2020) 4 WLJ 88
  • Book Review: Marie Cornu et al (eds), Intangible Cultural Heritage under National and International Law Going Beyond the 2003 UNESCO Convention’ (2021) 6 WLJ 97
  • 'Fostering Student Engagement with inclusivity' (2021) Inclusivity Matters vol 2

Conference papers

  • 'How is diversity within the university affected by the GTA programme and their teaching methods?'
  • University of Wolverhampton's Annual Research Conference June 2020.
  • 'BAME Retention: Does a GTA Programme inclusive of the PGCE really make a difference?'
  • Society of Legal Scholars Conference September 2020.
  • 'Protecting Women's Traditional Knowledge in the UK' University of Wolverhampton's Annual Research Conference June 2021.
  • '2020: The Lasting Impact of the Pandemic on HE students' Keele Foundation Year Network Conference 2021.


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