Ronan Deazley


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Research Statement

An alumnus of Queen’s University Belfast, Prof Ronan Deazley joined the Law School in September 2015 having previously taught at the University of Glasgow, the University of Birmingham and Durham University.

Enjoying international reputation for his scholarship on copyright history, and law and cultural heritage, Prof Deazley’s research has been cited by the Australian High Court, the New York Court of Appeals and the US Supreme Court. His published works have been variously described as ‘strongly recommended for all who aspire to an informed understanding of the evolution of copyright law and of the way in which it should continue to evolve’ (On the Origin of the Right to Copy, 2004), as ‘essential reading for anybody interested in copyright, intellectual history and current public policy choices in intellectual property’ (Privilege and Property, 2010), as well as ‘contrarian’ and a ‘manifesto’ (Rethinking Copyright, 2006).

He was a founding member of the International Society for the History and Theory of Intellectual Property Law (2008) and is the General Editor of, and a principal contributor to, the Copyright User Portal (, an independent online resource established in 2014 that makes UK copyright law more accessible to creators, media professionals, students and the general public.

At present, Prof Deazley's main research interests concern the way in which the copyright regime impacts the work of the archive sector in enabling online access to our shared cultural heritage, both within and across borders.

Prof Deazley is also a qualified archivist.

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Projects 2019 2019

Research Output 2004 2018

Perpetual copyright and constitutional property

Deazley, R. & McCarthy, F., 2018, In : Intellectual Property Quarterly. 4, p. 253-278 26 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle


Copyright & Cultural Memory 2016

Deazley, R. (ed.) & Wallace, A. (ed.), 22 Mar 2017, CREATe.

Research output: Other contribution

Open Access
collective memory
cultural heritage

Copyright and Cultural Memory: Digital Conference Proceedings

Deazley, R. (ed.) & Wallace, A. (ed.), 03 Mar 2017, Glasgow: CREATe. 107 p.

Research output: Book/ReportOther report

Open Access
collective memory
cultural heritage

Digitising the Edwin Morgan Scrapbooks

Deazley, R., Stobo, V. & Patterson, K., 20 Jan 2017, Glasgow : CREATe.

Research output: Other contribution


No Copyright Infringement Intended

Deazley, R., 07 Apr 2017

Research output: Non-textual formDigital or Visual Products

Digital Age

Activities 2017 2017

  • 1 Participation in Festival/Exhibition

No Copyright Infringement Intended

Ronan Deazley (Contributor)
07 Apr 201721 May 2017

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesParticipation in Festival/Exhibition