Justine Mitchell

Lecturer in Law, Year 2 Course Leader for Law

School of Law and Social Science

Harris Building, HB257

+44 (0) 1772 89 5673


Subject Areas: Law

Justine Mitchell holds a degree in law from UCLan, a masters in law from the University of Oxford, a professional diploma for the BPTC from City Law School and is currently undertaking a PhD in copyright law. She writes about law relating to intellectual property, EU, comparative and the media. She particularly focuses on copyright, defamation, breach of confidence/privacy and the WTO. Justine has varied teaching experience at foundation, undergraduate, GDL and LPC levels, and supervises projects and dissertations.

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After a long-standing career in business, Justine came to the University of Central Lancashire to read for a degree in law. After graduation, she read for the Bachelor of Civil Law at the University of Oxford (Lady Margaret Hall). She returned to UCLan to embark upon her teaching career and commence her PhD, entitled, ‘The Long Trip from Berne to Beyond: a case for EU copyright harmonisation in the post-Lisbon era’. She is under the supervision of Susan Fletcher (Director of Studies), Dr Mohammed el-said (second supervisor) and Glen Woodroffe (second second supervisor). During her PhD, she also completed her professional diploma for the Bar Professional Training Course at City Law School as a Duke and Duchess of Cambridge scholar, awarded from Middle Temple.

Justine has a variety of teaching experience including: land, property law and practice, intellectual property, media, lawyers’ skills, legal systems, public law, interviewing skills, wills & probate, civil litigation, drafting and commercial dispute resolution. Justine is also a CMC accredited Civil and Commercial Mediator and offers mediation training to internal and external delegates as part of a team.

Stemming from a business background, Justine’s research largely relates to property rights (copyright, trade marks, patents, trade secrets, passing off, those appurtenant to land law) and UK-EU/ UK-WTO trading relations. She is available for supervision in these core areas, and provides advice on mini-pupillages, BPTC applications and Bar Scholarship applications for aspiring barristers.

She is currently learning Modern Standard Arabic (beginner’s) and trying to improve her French.


  • Ph.D. Copyright Law, University of Central Lancashire, submission: 2019
  • Professional Diploma for the Bar Professional Training Course, City Law School, 2015
  • PG Certificate in Learning and Teaching in HE, UCLan, 2015
  • Bachelor of Civil Law, University of Oxford, 2013
  • LL. B Law (Hons), University of Central Lancashire, 2012


Court of Appeal found no love for Topshop tank: the image right that dare not speak its name | ISSN 0142-0461

Censorship in cyberspace: closing the net on "revenge porn" | ISSN 0959-3799

The Problems of Parliamentary Supremacy in the UK since joining the European Union


Membership of professional and learned bodies

The Honourable Society of the Middle Temple, the Society for Legal Scholars, Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

Society for Legal Scholars

Research Activities

Intellectual property, media, WTO, EU law, legal theory


Current PhD: copyright law;

Currently writing an article relating to ‘parasitic porn’ and defamation - making better use of UK defamation law to protect personal autonomy.

Teaching Activities and Responsibilities

Teaching: intellectual property law, media law, land law, drafting, wills & probate, lawyers’ skills, commercial dispute resolution.

Supervision: LLM dissertations, undergraduate dissertations and projects.


FROZEN IN TIME: is copyright perpetual when a human being lives forever?’, UCLan Law and Emerging Technologies, 25 June 2018 (paper presentation)