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Dr Mathilde Pavis

Associate Professor

Amory B340

Mathilde joined the University of Exeter in July 2016. She holds a Licence and Maitrise in Law from the University of Rennes (France), an LLM and PhD from the University of Exeter.

Prior to joining Exeter Law School, Mathilde was a John W. Kluge Research Fellow at the US Library of Congress in Washington DC. Since then, she was a visiting scholar at the University of Victoria (Canada, 2018) and at the University of Queensland (Australia, 2019). 

Mathilde teaches a range of module including intellectual property law, contract law and French law. She was also a guest lecturer in Intellectual Property Law at King's College London. 

Mathilde’s research primarily focuses in the areas of intellectual property law (copyright, performers’ rights and trademark), cultural heritage regulation and their respective intersections with new technologies, creativity, performance and disability broadly understood. 

Mathilde received several awards and government funding for her research.

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Research interests

Dr Mathilde Pavis’s expertise centres on intellectual property, with a particular focus on copyright and performers’ rights. Mathilde's research intersects with themes of performers, cultural heritage and disability.

Some of her more recent work investigates the legal protection of people's voice, face, body and likeness in light of AI-driven synthetisation. 

She welcomes research proposals in those areas, and any topics highlighted below. 

Mathilde is an member of Centre for Science, Culture and the Law at the University of Exeter (SCuLE).

 Research grants and awards to date:

  • AHRC grant (2021) (327,000 GBP) with Dr Andrea Wallace
  • Wellcome Seed Corn Award (2018) (10,000 GBP) 
  • IAA-ESRC Business Boost Award (2018) (13,000 GBP) with Dr Andrea Wallace. 
  • TC Beirne Law School - Visiting Scholar Bursay (5,000 AUD)
  • UK-Canada Foundation (2018) (1,000 GBP)
  • Society of Legal Scholars (2017) (2,000 GBP)
  • BILETA Award (2017) (200 GBP)
  • Arts Council England Policy Report Commission (9,052 GBP) with Prof Charlotte Waelde. 
  • AHRC fellowship at the Kluge Research Center (US Library of Congress) (2015) – Project title: ‘Owning (up to) the Art of the Insane’ (5,500 GBP).
  • ATRIP Award (2015) (3,000 EUR)
  • AHRC doctoral studentship (fees and maintenance grant), grant number: AH/J006491/1 (2013) – Project title: Invisible Difference : Dance, Disability and the Law (53,139 GBP).

Research supervision

Mathilde is happy to supervise any students interested in copyright law, performers' rights (intellectual property) and cultural heritage regulations. Proposals to undertake interdisciplinary research in these areas are most welcome. 

Research students

Currently supervising: 

  • Mohamed Mohammed, QUEX PhD studentship on platform governance of Deepfakes (1st supervisor)
  • Eddie Lee, The regulation and protection of the press by copyright law in China (1st supervisor)
  • Xioachen Mu, The challenge of virtual property to the traditional legal theory and the corresponding solutions. (2nd supervisor)

Supervision to completion: 

  • Paul Kimani, Reforming Copyright Law to Encourage Creativity in Kenya: A Comparative Study of Kenya, the United Kingdom and the United States. (2nd supervisor)

Modules taught

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