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Yin Harn Lee

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

Academic Profile

I joined the University of Sheffield as a Lecturer in Law in 2014. I have research and teaching interests in various aspects of private law, in particular private law remedies, and intellectual property law. I hold an LLB (Hons) (with Distinction) from the University of Malaya, the leading public university in Malaysia, and an LLM and PhD from the University of Cambridge. A monograph based on my PhD thesis, which focuses on the copyright issues arising from the modification of videogames by players, is currently under contract to be published by Cambridge University Press. I am also the co-author of the second edition of Civil Remedies, the leading textbook on private law remedies in Malaysia. My current research projects include: intellectual property as a site of remedial innovation; a critical re-examination of the concept of ‘copying’ in copyright law; and the legal challenges presented by videogame preservation.


  • PhD University of Cambridge
  • LLM, University of Cambridge
  • LLB (Hons) (with Distinction), University of Malaya
  • 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 reflect critically on the social, political and ethical implications of the law. I take a research-led approach to teaching, and gain particular pleasure from sharing the newest ideas within my fields of expertise with students. My research into the remedial aspects of private law has enabled me to develop a new core LLB module, and I have successfully used videogames as a case study to illustrate some particularly tricky concepts within intellectual property law. The excellence of my teaching has been recognised by both my students and my colleagues, and I have been nominated for teaching prizes awarded by the Sheffield Students’ Union and the Faculty of Social Sciences.

The modules I teach are:

Undergraduate Postgraduate
Remedies in Private Law Fundamentals of Intellectual Property Law
Copyright and Related Rights Information Technology Law
International Mooting European Copyright Law

Research Interests

  • Intellectual property law
  • Remedial aspects of private law

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

Areas of Research Supervision

  • Copyright law

Recent Invited Papers and Keynote Lectures

  • ‘Panel Discussion: Retro and Video Game Preservation’, More Than Just a Game V, Queen Mary University of London, April 2019
  • ‘Rethinking the “Copy” in Copyright’, Centre for Intellectual Property and Information Law Seminar Series, University of Cambridge, October 2018
  • ‘Crafting a Copyright-Based Remedy for Revenge Porn’, Society of Legal Scholars Annual Conference, Queen Mary University of London, September 2018
  • ‘Contracts Resulting from Threats and Unfair Exploitation: The Position under Malaysian Contract Law’, Colloquium for Studies in the Contract Laws of Asia IV: Invalidity, National University of Singapore, March 2018

Professional activities and recognition

  • Editorial Board Member, Interactive Entertainment Law Review
  • Associate Fellow, Centre for Intellectual Property and Information Law, University of Cambridge
  • I have acted as an academic reviewer for the Journal of Intellectual Property Law & Practice, the Melbourne University Law Review and Oxford University Press.


  • Fong CM & Lee YH (2016) Civil Remedies. Malaysia: Sweet & Maxwell Asia. RIS download Bibtex download

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