Kim Barker is a teaching fellow in equity and trusts, contract law and intellectual property law. Her research focusses upon intellectual property rights, copyright, moral rights, digital media, cyberlaw and the internet. She is also interested in the legal system.
Professional Diploma in Legal Practice (Nottingham)
After completing undergraduate studies at Aberystwyth University, Kim embarked upon the Legal Practice at Nottingham Law School before completing a Masters at the same institution. Kim returned to Aberystwyth in 2009 to pursue research and work as a law tutor. Kim has previously taught Family and Child Law, Legal System, Criminal Law, International Copyright Law, Equity and Trusts and Principles of Evidence (Criminal Evidence). Kim has a strong interest in working with charity groups, and has been a fully qualified adviser with the Citizens Advice Bureau for the last two years. Kim is interested in all aspects of internet law, cyberlaw and intellectual property law.
Law of Obligations A: Contract
Property Law B: Equity and Trusts
Intellectual Property Law (LLM)
Kim’s main area of research is in the field of Intellectual Property Law; focussing on online games and property rights, specifically copyright. Her wider interests broadly include technology law, with specific interests in cyberlaw, digital media and content, international copyright, internet law. She is particularly interested in the problematic issue of assigning and protecting property rights in virtual communities and online environments. Kim is also interested in aspects of the English Legal System.
Kim is currently completing doctoral research, and is also working on, collaborative research concerning gender and cyberlaw in online games, and other collaborative research focussing on the moral rights of minorities in digital content.
Kim has recently completed consultancy work for the British and Irish Law, Education and Technology Association (BILETA) as one of two lead respondents to the Intellectual Property Office Consultation on Copyright.
In 2012 / 2013 Kim will be the Programme Director for Law and Business, and a member of the Undergraduate Programmes Admissions Team.
Barker K, ‘MMORPGing - The Legalities of Game Play’. European Journal for Law and Technology, Vol. 3, No.1 2012 http://ejlt.org/article/viewFile/119/195
Barker K, 'Cyber Criminals on Trial, by Russell G Smith, Peter Grabosky and Gregor Urbas' International Journal of Law and Information Technology, 2012, 20: 242-245
Barker K, 'MMORPGing, Law and Lingo' in Freeman M and Smith F, Law and Language: Current Legal Issues Volume 15 (OUP, Oxford 2013)