Giancarlo Frosio


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I supervise doctoral projects dealing with legal aspects of a vast array of Information Technology (IT) and Intellectual Property (IP) subject matters, with special emphasis on IP and digitization; IP/IT, public interest, and global justice; history and economics of creativity; Internet governance, intermediary liability and platform economy; and artificial intelligence. You are more than welcome to reach me to discuss your doctoral proposals.


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Research Focus

I am Professor of Intellectual Property and Technology Law in the School of Law. At the School of Law, I also serve as the Programme Lead of the LLM in Intellectual Property Law, which I have personally designed and launched. I am also a Non-Residential Fellow at the Center for Internet and Society (CIS) at Stanford Law School and a Faculty Associate of the NEXA Research Center for Internet and Society in Turin. In addition, I am a Visiting Professor at the LL.M. in Intellectual Property law jointly organized by WIPO and the University of Turin (since 2010), where I also served as the Deputy Director from 2010 to 2013, a Visiting Professor at the Center for International Intellectual Property Studies (CEIPI) at Strasbourg University, a Visiting Professor at the University of Turin, School of Management, and a Visiting Professor at the Higher School of Economics of the National Research University in Moscow. Previously, I was an Associate Professor at the CEIPI at Strasbourg University (2016-2021), where I also co-directed the Master 2 (LLM) in International and European IP Law. I also served as the Intermediary Liability fellow with Stanford CIS (2013-2016). At Stanford CIS, I launched the Intermediary liability research focus area of the Center and the World Intermediary Liability Map (WILMap). I am a qualified attorney with a doctoral degree (S.J.D.) in IP law from Duke Law School. Additionally, I hold an LL.M. from Duke Law School and an LL.M. in IT and Telecoms law from Strathclyde University. 
I have also acted as an expert for the World Intellectual Property Organisation, the European Commission, the European Parliament, the European Intellectual Property Office and other international organisations.
I am the author of numerous legal articles and publications, which can be found at SSRN and Google Scholar. My latest book is titled Reconciling Copyright with Cumulative Creativity: the Third Paradigm and was published with Edward Elgar in 2018. I am also the editor of the Oxford Handbook of Online Intermediary Liability published by Oxford University Press (2020).

Research Statement

My work begins from a central question: how does the law adapt to technological innovation? In this context, interdisciplinary working characterizes my research agenda to the maximum extent, since my primary research interest lies at the intersection of law, technology and the humanities. I have dedicated most of my academic career to studying the interface between technology, innovation, creativity, and intellectual property through the lens of international, European and American law. In doing so, I focused on five main research clusters: Intellectual Property (IP) and digitization; IP, public interest, and global justice; history and economics of creativity; Information Technology (IT), Internet governance, and platform economy; and Artificial Intelligence (AI). I developed expertise in areas of law relevant to technology and other interdisciplinary fields, such as history of art, literature, and creativity, sociological analysis of law, and political theory. My theoretical interests—and research method—extend to the uses of history in legal argumentation. In my most original scholarship, I use history—and research in primary source historical materials—to investigate how social, economic, and legal concepts and categories change over time.

Research Interests

In this context, my research has been covering a vast array of topics, including copyright law, digitization, history of creativity, public domain, open access, Internet and user based creativity, IP rights at large and IP enforcement online, Internet regulation, fundamental rights online, intermediary liability of online service providers, data protection, networked information economy, access to knowledge (A2K), identity politics, and artificial intelligence and the law. 


  • Intellectual Property Law (UG)
  • Copyright in the Digital Environment (PG)
  • Regulating Digital Communications (PG)
  • Regulating Innovation (PG)
  • Artificial Intelligence and the Law (PG)
  • EU Law (UG)

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 8 - Decent Work and Economic Growth
  • SDG 9 - Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure
  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities
  • SDG 12 - Responsible Consumption and Production


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