Professor Aurora Plomer

LLB, PhD, MA, B.A. Hons

  • BS8 1RJ

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Research interests

International Intellectual Property Law, European Patent Law,  Human Rights,  Regulation of New Biotechnologies, Bioethics.

Research interests

Professor Aurora Plomer joined the University of Bristol Law School in August 2016 from the University of Sheffield where she was Director of the Sheffield Institute of Biotechnology, Law and Ethics. She was previously a Reader in Law at the University of Nottingham and a Lecturer in Law at the University of Leeds. She graduated in Philosophy at of the University of Lancaster (BA, MA, Ph.D.) and in Law at the University of  Manchester (LLB). Professor Plomer teaches undergraduate and postgraduate courses on Intellectual Property (LAWD2043, LAWDM0022),  International Intellectual Property, and Human Rights

(LAWD30114) and European Human Rights (LAWDM0120).  She also teaches at the University of Alicante, Master "Intellectual Property" (Master Lucentinus), Course "Patents" (2016-). From September 2017 to August 2019 Professor Plomer led the School's Primary Research Unit on Law and Governance.

Professor Plomer has been awarded a Major Research Fellowship by the Leverhulme Trust for a project on Intellectual Property and the Human Rights of Companies in Europe. From September 2020 until August 2022 she will be researching the history and rationale for the extension of property rights to companies in the European Convention on Human Rights. The outcome of this project will be a monograph on Intellectual Property and the Human Rights of Companies in Europe which will be published by Cambridge University Press.

Professor Plomer's recent research has focused on the interaction between intellectual property rights, human rights and innovation.  In 2014, she was a Senior Fernand Braudel Fellow at the European University Institute in Florence where she researched the history of patent harmonization in Europe leading to the creation of the Unified Patent Court. Professor Plomer's latest book  Patents, Human Rights and Access to Science (Edward Elgar, 2015) examines the historical and moral foundations of the right to access the benefits of science in international law and the implications for current debates on the monopolies created by patents in the life sciences.

In September 2017, she was invited to take part in a high-level international meeting on Innovation for Sustainable Development organized by UNESCO and the Mexican state of Guanajuato. Her presentation on ‘Patents, Biotechnology and Global Justice’ drew on examples of R&D public-private partnerships in Europe to highlight the challenges in integrating the protection of fundamental human rights with IP rights. An expanded version of her presentation 'IP Right & Human Rights for Innovation and Sustainable Development has been published by UNESCO (2018).

Professor Plomer is a collaborator on an international project funded by the Academy of Finland (2016-2020) 'Constitutional Hedges of Intellectual Property'  led by Prof. Tuomas Mylly (PI). The project addresses the ways in which IP,  investment treaties, and fundamental rights fence IP protection in Europe.

Professor Plomer is a member of the European Commission’s panel of ethics experts on new technologies, health, and innovation in the FP7 and Horizon 2020 programs. She has been a visiting fellow at the Boalt Hall School of Law at the  University of California at Berkeley;  the Centre for Biomedical Ethics at the University of Stanford and the University of Oxford Intellectual Property Research Centre.  Her research has been funded by UNESCO, the Council of Europe, the European Commission, the Brocher Foundation, the Wellcome Trust, the British Academy, and the ESRC.

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