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Dr Shane Burke

Dr Shane Burke

Lecturer in Law

School of Law and Politics

+44 (0)29 2087 9696
1.03, Law Building, Museum Avenue, Cardiff, CF10 3AX

Shane Burke is a lecturer in intellectual property law at Cardiff University. His research interests lie in the area of the intellectual property and the legal regulation of the arts. His doctoral research, undertaken at Queen Mary, University of London, was entitled ‘Dematerialisation and Dissonance: Conceptual Art Practices, Art World Strategies and the Role of Copyright Law’. This inter-disciplinary study examines the nature of conceptual art and considers the issues associated with the privileging of ideas over form, judicial strategies for the definition of art and the role of documentation in the artistic process with a focus on the UK and US legal regimes. This research also involved interviews with artists, gallerists, legal practitioners, collecting societies and archivists in both London and New York conducted throughout 2014-2015. The awarding of the Modern Law Review Scholarship supported this research in 2014-2015 and 2015-2016. Shane has also graduated from Queen Mary, University of London with an LL.M in Intellectual Property, from the National University of Galway Ireland with an LL.B and Trinity College Dublin with an M.Sc in Multimedia Systems.

He previously completed an LL.M in Intellectual Property at Queen Mary, where he received the School of Law Prize for first place in the LL.M in Intellectual Property and the Draper's Company Prize for academic achievement from Queen Mary, University of London. He was awarded the Modern Law Review scholarship for two consecutive years during his doctoral studies at Queen Mary. In 2011 was awarded his LL.B at the National University of Ireland Galway achieving a first class honours degree. He was also awarded an M.Sc. in Mutlimedia Systems from Trinity College Dublin in 2003.

Module leader on the CL6309 Intellectual Property undergraduate module.

Module leader on the CLT643 Copyright: Comparative and International Perspectives module on the LLM.

Also teaches EU Competition Law on the CL6301 Law of the European Union undergraduate module.

His research interests relate to legal theory and legal regulation of the arts and norms within contemporary artistic movements. He has also published on patent law's interaction with biotechnology. Current research is concerned with copyright and graffiti, copyright as artistic medium and the relationship between sound and the law in the context of both copyright and trademarks. His research generally has a UK/EU and US focus.