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Yin Harn Lee

Position: Lecturer
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Telephone: +44 (0)114 222 6861
Room No: AF06

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 have recently completed my doctorate at the University of Cambridge, which focuses on the copyright issues surrounding the modification of video games by players. Prior to commencing my doctoral studies, I worked as a research assistant and tutor at the University of Malaya, Kuala Lumpur.


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

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
Torts Law Copyright and Related Rights
The Law of Restitution E-Commerce Law
Copyright and Related Rights

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

  • 'Labours of Love: Fan-Created Works under Copyright Law', Centre for Intellectual Property and Information Law 10th Anniversary Conference, University of Cambridge, 7 April 2015
  • 'Fan Communities and the Self-Regulation of Digital Creative Space', British and Irish Law Education and Technology Association Conference, University of Liverpool, 10 – 12 April 2013