Professor Mira T Sundara Rajan
- Professor of Intellectual Property Law (School of Law)
telephone: 0141 330 5873
Dr Mira T. Sundara Rajan joined the School of Law in September 2013 as a Professor of Intellectual Property Law. Mira holds a doctorate in law from the University of Oxford, and has spoken and published widely on copyright law and cultural matters. Her second book, Moral Rights: Principles, Practice and New Technology, was published by Oxford University Press (New York) in 2011. The book examines the impact of technology on culture, considering both opportunities and challenges generated by the digital environment, and it proposes new solutions to the legal, ethical, and creative dilemmas that are likely to arise. A new edition of the book is forthcoming in 2014.
Mira previously held the Canada Research Chair in Intellectual Property Law at the University of British Columbia, where she was a tenured professor of law and was awarded the Canada Research Chair (Tier II), one of Canada’s highest academic honours, for the maximum term of ten years (2005-15). Prior to that Mira was a Herchel Smith Fellow in Intellectual Property Law at the Queen Mary Intellectual Property Research Institute of the University of London (2002-04). Mira has been a Visiting Professor and Fellow at a number of universities worldwide, including New York University Law School, LUISS University (Rome), and Magdalen College, Oxford, where she continues to be an Honorary Member of the College. Mira is also active as a specialist consultant on intellectual property matters, advising governments, non-governmental organizations, firms, and individuals in the United States, Canada, the UK and other European Union countries, and also Russia, and India.
Mira edits the looseleaf series, Intellectual Property: Eastern Europe, featuring law in translation and commentary by eminent contributors (re-published as a series of books by Oxford University Press in 2012). Her first book, Copyright and Creative Freedom: A Study of Post-Socialist Law Reform, dealt with the problems of copyright law and reform in Russia and other Central and Eastern European jurisdictions. Mira is fluent in English and French, and broadcasts regularly in both languages on radio and television.
Photographic image courtesy of [Martin Dee]
Mira’s areas of expertise include trademarks, geographical indications, and design rights, as well as copyright and moral rights. She deals with cutting-edge technological issues, including digital copyright, and has a special interest in traditional knowledge and cultural expressions, cultural property and art law, and the creative arts. She works regularly on international regulation and cross-border transactions, and is conversant with the law of the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, Western and Eastern European jurisdictions, Russia, and India, as well as the private and public international regulation of intellectual property rights.
Sundara Rajan, M. (2011) Moral Rights: Principles, Practice and New Technology. Oxford University Press: Oxford. ISBN 9780195390315
Sundara Rajan, M. (2010) Culture matters: why Canada's proposed amendments to its copyright law should revisit moral rights. In: Geist, M. (ed.) From 'Radical Extremism' to 'Balanced Copyright': Canadian Copyright and the Digital Agenda. Irwin Law: Toronto, Canada, pp. 476-499. ISBN 9781552212042
Professor Mira Sundara Rajan has been awarded the following grants:
CREATe in partnership with the National Library of Scotland: "New Business Models for Cultural Institutions," ₤51,966, 2014-17
2010 and 2005
Canada Research Chair (Tier II): "Moral Rights in the Digital Age," $500,000, 2010-15 (held until 2011)
Standard Research Grant, SSHRC (Social Sciences & Humanities Research Council of Canada), "Moral Rights: The Future of Copyright Law," $124,313, 2008-11
Canada Research Chair (Tier II): "Intellectual Property in a Global Society," $500,000, 2005-10
Standard Research Grant, SSHRC (Social Sciences & Humanities Research Council of Canada), "Copyright in a Global Society: Lessons from Europe," $67,821, 2005-08
Research students under supervision
Jinyup Kim - 'Protection Regime Building for the rights of indigenous peoples and local communities in Southeast Asia to biogenetic resources and associated traditional knowledge;
(1) “Homage or Humiliation? Moral Rights, Vertigo, and The Artist,” May 22 available at
(2) “Is Apple Deleting the History of Music? Moral Rights on iTunes,” May 28 available at
(3) “Getting Paid is a Moral Right, too! Why Creative Commons Gets it Wrong,” June 6 available at http://the1709blog.blogspot.ca/2012/06/getting-paid-is-moral-right-too-why.html
(4) “India: A Place where Moral Rights Matter,” June 18 available at
(5) “The Devil is in the Footnotes: Moral Rights in the Beijing Treaty,” July 20 available at
(6) “A Rose by Any Other Name? Moral Rights, Plagiarism, Lehrer and Zakaria,” Aug. 27 available at http://the1709blog.blogspot.ca/2012/08/a-rose-by-any-other-name-moralrightshtml
Founder, Editor, and contributor to Mahakavi Subramania Bharati by Bharati’s Granddaughter,
S. Vijaya Bharati (Spring 2013-)
Contributor to 1709 Copyright Blog (ed. Professor Jeremy Phillips) (Fall 2012-).
Series on Moral Rights for the 1709 Copyright Blog, Summer 2012:
Moral Rights: A Guide To Global Practice
(Oxford University Press, forthcoming 2014;estimated 600 pages).
Mira T. Sundara Rajan & S. Vijaya Bharati, eds., Subramania Bharati’s English Writings
(Hachette India, 2013).
Mira T. Sundara Rajan, ed., Intellectual Property In The New Europe
(LexisNexis/MatthewBender (acquired from OUP USA in March 2013), forthcoming 2013-14),
Volume 1 – Protecting Culture: Copyright, Moral Rights, And Related Rights,
Volume 2 – Geographical Indications: Wine And Beyond,
Volume 3 – Protecting Tradition: Foklore & Traditional Knowledge,
Volume 4 – Trademarks And Brands,
Volume 5 – Protecting Innovation: Patents And Plant Varieties,
Volume 6 – New Frontiers: IP &Competition
(each volume estimated 300 pages).
In Search of an Author: Joint Authorship in the Complex Case of Film, presentation at ALAI
(Association littéraire et artistique internationale) Study Days 2010 (Michel Walter, ed.),
(forthcoming 2013) [25 manuscript pages].