This is the home page for the AHRC research network
to consider new directions in copyright law. Click on the links
above to select the information you are interested in. Or, you can
link to the sponsors of the research project, the Arts and Humanities
Research Council (formerly, the Arts and Humanities Research Board)
website by clicking on http://www.ahrb.ac.uk,
or the host institution, Birkbeck School of Law by clicking on http://www.bbk.ac.uk/law/.
Fiona Macmillan at the Birkbeck School of Law has received a
grant from the Arts and Humanities Research Council to establish
an international, multidisciplinary network of scholars to consider
new directions in copyright law. The core participants in the network
are copyright scholars working across a range of different disciplines,
including law, economics, politics and political economy, cultural
studies, and social theory. With input from a range of copyright
stakeholders, the network will play a leading role in stimulating
international research and debate about the future of the copyright
The work of the network will be pursued through six interrelated
themes, which are: (1) Theoretical Framework of Copyright Law; (2)
Globalisation, Convergence and Divergence; (3) Developments in Rights
Neighbouring on Copyright; (4) Protection of Traditional Knowledge
and Culture; (5) Copyright and the New Technologies; (6) Copyright,
Corporate Power and Human Rights.
The formal network activities comprised six workshops and three
conferences, and the publication
by Edward Elgar of six collections of working papers and three
collections of conference papers. The 6 volumes of papers are published
as New Directions in Copyright Law.
All the conferences took place at Birkbeck College. However, some
of the workshops were hosted at the institutions of the core participants
in order to involve a wide international range of other researchers,
both inside and outside the academy, in the activities of the network.
Host institution: Birkbeck School of Law
The School of Law was awarded the grade of 5A in the 2001 Research
Assessment Exercise (RAE). This assessment confirmed the status
of the School as a leading international centre for research in
social and legal theory. All full-time academic staff were entered
in the RAE as research active, emphasising the commitment across
the School to research excellence and the high level of research
carried out by all members of the teaching staff.