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University of Copenhagen

With over 40,000 students and more than 9,000 employees, the University of Copenhagen (UCPH) is the largest institution of research and education in Denmark. UCPH is ranked number 29 in the world (according to ARWU 2018). The Faculty of Law works towards creating greater knowledge of national and international law. Through a research-based education the Faculty ensures that its legal graduates have the skills needed to analyse and contribute to interdisciplinary and problem-oriented tasks in both the private and the public sectors in Denmark and abroad. The Faculty employs ~100 academic staff and ~50 PhD students, offering a strong international environment.

The objective of the centre of Information and Innovation Law (CIIR) at the Law Faculty is to establish a research body dealing with the legal issues within the information and innovation law areas such as copyright, trademarks, patents, trade secrets and data protection. The research of CIIR includes both national and international regulation and for some of the research projects a horizontal approach examining the commons of the various law areas. The Digital Single Market, intellectual property rights and copyright are parts of the core research fields of CIIR



Thomas Riis

was in 2010 appointed professor in innovation law and Law & economics at the law faculty, University of Copenhagen. From 2006 to 2010 he was professor in intellectual property law at Copenhagen Business School. He has been a visiting scholar at Columbia University, University of Toronto and University of California at Berkeley. He has published extensively within the fields of innovation law and Law & economics, including his Ph.D. thesis (1996) on the law & economics of copyright and his doctoral thesis (habilitation) (2005) on the enforcement of intellectual property rights in an economic perspective. He takes a special interest in the challenges of digital technology in copyright law and enforcement of intellectual property rights on the internet. He is the National editor of the Nordic Intellectual Property Law Review (NIR) and has previously managed a number of functions outside academia, e.g. as the Chairman of the Parliamentary Committee for the future funding of Danish digital content production and as a member of the Board of Representatives of the Danish Board of Technology.


Sebastian Schwemer

is Associate Professor at the Centre for Information and Innovation Law at the Faculty of Law, University of Copenhagen. Sebastian holds a PhD degree in Law from the University of Copenhagen (2016), a German law degree (2010) with specialization in competition, intellectual property and media law from Ludwig-Maximilians University, and a Master of Science degree (2012) in law, economics and management from University of Copenhagen and Copenhagen Business School. Sebastian publishes at the intersection of regulation and technology, with focus on copyright law and the Digital Single Market. In April 2019, his book on “Licensing and Access to Content in the European Union: Regulation between Copyright and Competition Law” will come out with Cambridge University Press. Outside academia, he is actively involved in the startup and technology ecoysystem, for example as one of the initiators of the #CPHFTW foundation and Techfestival Copenhagen.

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