Thorsten Lauterbach
First Name: Thorsten
Surname: Lauterbach
Position: Teaching Fellow
Telephone: +44 (0)1224 263410
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Duties and Responsibilities

Thorsten has fulfilled the role of Learning Enhancement Co-ordinator (Postgraduate) since 2008. This has enabled him to contribute to teaching, learning and assessment developments through participating at conferences (HEA, UKCLE) across the UK, as well as a number of key institutional and faculty committees, programme validation and review events. Thorsten was awarded the title of Teaching Fellow in May 2012. He chairs the departmental Teaching & Learning Committee.

Until 2011 he acted as course leader for the MSc/LLM International Trade, LLM International Commercial Law and LLM International IT Law courses. At postgraduate level, he supervises master's dissertations and teaches Intellectual Property Law. His undergraduate teaching commitments include Law of Contract, Consumer Law, Media Law and Intellectual Property Law. Supervision of undergraduate dissertations is also part of his teaching activities.

Having benefited from EU exchange opportunities as a student, Thorsten holds a keen interest in participating in teaching exchanges with current partner institutions.

Academic Background

Thorsten Lauterbach joined the Law School as a Lecturer in September 2004 and he is now a Teaching Fellow. Prior to joining RGU, he worked as Lecturer at The University of the West of Scotland (then Paisley) for five years. Thorsten holds a BA (Hons) European Business Law (Abertay Dundee) and an LL.M. by research (Aberdeen).

Research Interests

While Thorsten undertakes regular scholarly activities in all fields of his teaching schedule in order to maintain a high level of currency and expertise within those disciplines, his main research interests concern EU Constitutional Law and Intellectual Property Law. Within the former, further EU integration by means of treaties and the effective enforcement of judgments handed down by the Court of Justice of the EU are areas he finds particularly exciting. 

In addition, Thorsten contributes regularly to IP/Copyright Law-related blogs, e.g. The IPKat, as well as acting as reviewer/editor for specific journals. While he had a function editing submissions to the Journal of International Trade Law & Policy until 2010, he is currently a member of the editing team of SCRIPTed (an online journal of Law, Technology & Society). Thorsten also edits contributions to the Journal of Intellectual Property Law & Practice.

Thorsten contributes regularly to IP/Copyright Law-related blogs, e.g. The IPKat, as well as acting as reviewer/editor for specific journals. While he had a function editing submissions to the Journal of International Trade Law & Policy until 2010, he is currently editing contributions to the Journal of Intellectual Property Law Practice and The Law Teacher.

Professional Memberships

  • Higher Education Academy (Fellow)
  • eAssessment Association
  • European Intellectual Property Teachers’ Network
  • Association of Law Teachers
  • Society of Legal Scholars
  • Society for Computers and Law (incl. the specific Scottish branch)
  • British German Jurists Association
  • Deutsch-Schottische Juristenvereinigung e.V.


Book chapters

Lauterbach, T. (2009) “Intellectual Property” in: MacFadzean (ed), Introduction to Law and Legal Obligations, 2nd ed., Dundee University Press, Dundee

Refereed articles

Lauterbach, T. (2013) “Copyright law trumps free movement of unlawfully distributed goods” Journal of Intellectual Property & Practice, 8(1), 13-15

Lauterbach, T. (2012) “Author-architects and the moral right of integrity in copyright law” South African Journal of Art History, 26(1), 57-66

Lauterbach, T. (2011) “A narrow defeat is still a defeat: integrity clipped before its best-before date” Journal of Intellectual Property Law & Practice, 6(6), 371-373

Lauterbach, T. (2009) “Clouseau would have been confounded: Ninth Circuit throws out 'The Pink Panther' joint authorship claim” Journal of Intellectual Property Law & Practice, 4(6), 402-403

Lauterbach, T. (2005) (Case Comment) “Joint authorship in a copyright work revisited” European Intellectual Property Review, Vol 27(3), pp. 119-121

Lauterbach, T. (2005) “A celebrity fight-back "par excellence"” Computer Law & Security Report, Vol 21(1), pp. 74-77

Lauterbach, T. (2005) “Sweets, a TV channel and ‘The Principle of Comfort’ - recent Community Trade Mark applications” Business Law Review, Vol 26(3), pp. 59-61 

Professional articles and reports

Lauterbach, T. (2010) “Copyright Law: Architect’s right of integrity railroaded?” TICCH Bulletin, 50, 6-7.

Lauterbach, T. (2009) “Creative employees and ownership of intellectual property - two different tales” Scottish Law Gazette 77(2), 65-66, 68

Lauterbach, T. (2008) “Keeping an eye on the ball - ECJ to consider broadcast football licensing regime” Scottish Law Gazette 76(5/6), 96-98

Lauterbach, T. (2008) “From throwing cartwheels to feeling kinda seasick” Scottish Law Gazette Vol. 76(3/4), 73-76

Lauterbach, T. (2008) “Civil liability for illegal file-sharing: who faces the music?” Scottish Law Gazette Vol. 76(2), 46-47

Lauterbach, T. (2008) “Between a rock and a hard place: gauging the public interest in confidential financial information” Scottish Law Gazette Vol. 76(1), 15-17

Lauterbach, T. (2007) “Hello! to personality rights?” Scottish Law Gazette Vol. 75(3), 100-102

Lauterbach, T. (2007) “Not quite turning cartwheels, but a place in rock 'n' roll history beckons!” Scottish Law Gazette Vol. 75(2), 50-52

Lauterbach, T. (2007) “BHB database prices not excessive, says Court of Appeal” Scottish Law Gazette Vol. 75(1), 20-21

Lauterbach, T. (2006) “A product fit for its purpose, but exclusion clauses are potentially hazardous” Scottish Law Gazette Vol. 74 (5)

Lauterbach, T. (2006) “Getting off scot-free – again!” Scottish Law Gazette Vol. 74(4)

Lauterbach, T. (2006) “No horseplay: Attheraces Ltd wins competition law case against BHB” Scottish Law Gazette Vol 74 (1) 7-10

Conferences & Workshops

Lauterbach, T.  “The position of non-dominant joint authors in copyright law”, Society of Legal Scholars (SLS) Annual Conference, Edinburgh, September 2013

Lauterbach, T. (2013) “Assessing contributions made by joint authors”, PhD Law Students’ Colloquium, University of Dundee, April 2013

Lauterbach, T. “Posters as a summative assessment tool in IP law – skills over substance?”, Fifth Annual Workshop, EIPTN, Charles University, Prague/Czech Republic, June 2011

Lauterbach, T. “The measuring of contributions of wannabe joint authors in copyright law - has the onion been peeled too far to the detriment of non-dominant collaborators?”, Postgraduate Law Student Colloquium, Trinity College Dublin, February 2011

Lauterbach, T. “Of pleasure and pain: Teaching Intellectual Property Law to a multinational postgraduate cohort”, Third Annual Workshop, EIPTN, Queen Mary University of London, July 2009

Lauterbach, T. “The collaborator at a time of copyright law convergence and globalisation – a neglected entity?”, Colloquium on IP and Globalisation, University Paul Verlaine, Metz, May 2008

Lauterbach, T. (2006), “Article 228 EC - now an enforcement procedure with bite?”, Society of Legal Scholars (SLS) Annual Conference, Stirling, May 2006

Lauterbach, T. (2005), “US-style ‘personality’ right in the UK – en route from Strasbourg?”, British and Irish Law Education and Technology Association (BILETA) Conference, Belfast, April 2005