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Dr Paula Westenberger
Senior Lecturer in Intellectual Property Law


Dr Paula Westenberger is a Senior Lecturer in Intellectual Property Law at Brunel University London, where she teaches and convenes undergraduate and postgraduate intellectual property law modules at Brunel Law School, and is a member of the Centre for Artificial Intelligence at Brunel University. Paula joined Brunel in 2018, having previously held positions at Queen Mary University of London and Buckinghamshire New University. 

She holds a PhD (with Scholarship awarded by the Centre for Commercial Law Studies) and an LLM in Intellectual Property Law from Queen Mary University of London (QMUL), and an LLB from the Pontifícia Universidade Católica of Rio de Janeiro (PUC-Rio), where she was also part of the Human Rights Centre research group "Simulações e Realidade".

Her research interests cover the intersection between copyright law, human rights and culture, with particular focus on topics including limitations and exceptions to copyright, the use of digital technology by cultural heritage institutions, and the relationship between artistic freedom and copyright law. She is currently researching the interface between cultural heritage, artificial intelligence and copyright law.

Paula is Deputy Editor for the European Copyright and Design Reports (ECDR), a member of the British Literary and Artistic Copyright Association (BLACA) and a peer reviewer for intellectual property law academic journals. Paula is a qualified lawyer in Brazil, where she has practiced in the field of intellectual property law.


PhD and LLM, Queen Mary University of London

LLB, Pontificia Universidade Catolica do Rio de Janeiro (PUC-Rio)

Brazilian qualified lawyer (Rio de Janeiro section - OAB/RJ)


Paula's resposibilities include teaching and convening undergraduate and postgraduate Intellectual Property Law courses at Brunel Law School.

Newest selected publications

Westenberger, P. (2019) 'Copyright Protection of Illegal Street and Graffiti Artworks', in Bonadio, E. (ed.) The Cambridge Handbook of Copyright in Street Art and Graffiti. Cambridge : Cambridge University Press. pp. 55 - 70. ISBN 10: 1108482333. ISBN 13: 9781108563581. Open Access Link

Book chapter

Westenberger, P. (2018) 'Case comment: the unauthorized use of the image of a football player in videogames as a violation of image rights in Brazil'. Interactive Entertainment Law Review, 1 (2). pp. 119 - 122. ISSN: 2515-3870 Open Access Link

Journal article

Westenberger, P. (2017) 'Digital Culture, Copyright and the Orphan Works Issue: a view from Brazil', in Fortes, P., Boratti, L., Palacios Lleras, A. and Daly, T. (eds.) Law and Policy in Latin America Transforming Courts, Institutions, and Rights. Basingstoke : Palgrave Macmillan. , 1. pp. 293 - 310. ISBN 10: 1137566930. ISBN 13: 978-1137566935. Open Access Link

Book chapter

Muller, JC., Ghiaroni Senna, E. and Westenberger, P. (2016) 'Brazil', in Davies, G. and Garnett, K. (eds.) Moral Rights. Sweet & Maxwell. pp. 996 - 1016. ISBN 10: 0414055578.

Book chapter
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