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Yin Harn Lee

Position: Lecturer
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Telephone: +44 (0)114 222 6861

Academic Profile

I joined the University of Sheffield as a Lecturer in December 2014, where I research and teach in the area of Intellectual Property Law. I completed my PhD at the University of Cambridge, focusing on the copyright issues surrounding the modification of videogames by players. A monograph based on my PhD thesis is currently under contract to be published by Cambridge University Press. Prior to commencing my PhD studies, I worked in a leading law firm in Kuala Lumpur and as a researcher and tutor at the University of Malaya, Kuala Lumpur.


  • PhD University of Cambridge
  • LLM, University of Cambridge
  • LLB (Hons), University of Malaya
  • Associate Fellow, Higher Education Academy
  • Advocate and Solicitor, High Court of Malaya, Malaysia (non-practising)

Teaching and Learning

I believe that law students should be equipped both to articulate legal solutions to a particular fact situation and also to form reasoned opinions concerning the broader social, political and ethical implications of those solutions. To enable students to develop these skills, I employ techniques adapted from mooting and debating. My teaching is informed and enhanced by my research: I have used videogames and videogame modifications as case studies when teaching Copyright and Related Rights, and am investigating the possibility of using videogames as a pedagogical tool.

The modules I teach are:

Undergraduate Postgraduate
Remedies in Private Law Fundamentals of Intellectual Property Law
Copyright and Related Rights E-Commerce Law
European Copyright Law

Research Interests

  • Intellectual property law
  • Copyright, technology and popular culture
  • Intellectual property aspects of competition and contract law
  • Digital cultures and fan communities
  • Internet law

Member of the Sheffield Institute for Corporate and Commercial Law Research Cluster

Areas of Research Supervision

  • Copyright law
  • Intellectual property in the digital environment

Recent Invited Papers and Keynote Lectures

  • ‘Rethinking the “Copy” in Copyright’, Society of Legal Scholars Annual Conference 2017 (University College Dublin, 5 - 8 September 2017)
  • ‘Judicial Development of Restitution Within Legislative Constraints’, Society of Legal Scholars Annual Conference 2016 (University of Oxford, 6 - 9 September 2016)
  • ‘The Concept of the Work in Copyright Law’, Society of Legal Scholars Annual Conference 2015 (University of York, 1 - 4 September 2015)

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