Catherine Pocock

School of Law

Research Student


With a background in the creative industries, Catherine joined the University of Sheffield School of Law in 2017. The project is funded by WRoCAH and explores the legal framework surrounding literary practices such as fan fiction, from their emergence in the eighteenth century to today. Crossing the disciplines of law and literature, this project considers how literary theories can inform copyright law, using case studies to inform current thinking.


LLB (Hons) in Law and French Law, University of Leicester, LLM (Hons) International Intellectual Property Law, Queen Mary University of London, Fellow of the Higher Education Academy

Research interests

Provisional thesis title: Copyright law and the challenge of regulating literary practices: reconceptualising substantial part through narrative theory

Supervisors: Mark Brown (University of Sheffield), Yin Harn Lee (University of Bristol), Robert Burrell (University of Oxford)

Research interests:

  • intellectual property law
  • copyright law
  • law and literature
  • literary theory
  • legal history
  • higher education pedagogy
Teaching activities

TUOS: Copyright and Related Rights Property Law (Land Law & Equity and Trusts) Research Ethics & Integrity Law and Finance for Engineers Previous teaching experience includes: Computer Law IP in the Creative Industries Interactive Entertainment Law