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Dr Alvaro Fernandez-Mora
LLM (Harvard), DPhil (Oxon)
I joined York Law School in 2021, having previously worked as an Assistant Professor at Central European University. I have earned degrees from the University of Oxford (DPhil), Harvard Law School (LLM) and Universidad Pontificia Comillas de Madrid ICADE (LLB). Before pursuing my doctoral studies, I worked as an associate lawyer at Hogan Lovells LLP’s intellectual property litigation department in Madrid.
My research interests lie at the intersection between intellectual property law and other fields –notably human rights, competition law and economics–, often from a comparative perspective. My work has been published in the Berkeley Journal of International Law (BJIL), the International Review of Intellectual Property and Competition Law (IIC) or the Intellectual Property Quarterly (IPQ). I have presented my work at conferences and workshops organized by Harvard University, Stanford University, the University of Oxford or the London School of Economics, amongst others.
My research interests lie at the intersection between intellectual property law and other fields –notably human rights, competition law and economics–, often from a comparative perspective. My ongoing research projects explore: (a) the interface between trademarks and freedom of expression as brands are evolving to become expressive artefacts in the contemporary marketplace; and (b) the role that reinforced trademark protection is playing in enabling and entrenching certain anti-competitive effects of trademarks to the detriment of consumers. Other research projects that I have worked in the past include: (a) analysing the degree of (in)consistency governing EU trade mark law; or (b) reflecting on the doctrinal challenges posed by the ‘functions theory’ in EU trade mark law as interpreted by the CJEU.