Scholar & Consultant, Intellectual Property Law

Mira T. Sundara Rajan is a consultant on copyright law and a Visiting Professor at UC Davis Law School in California.

Mira holds a doctorate in Intellectual Property Law from Oxford University. Her scholarly books include Moral Rights: Principles, Practice and New Technology, published by Oxford University Press in 2011 and currently in preparation for a new edition, Copyright and Creative Freedom: A Study of Post-Socialist Law Reform,  published by Routledge in 2006, and, as Editor, the Cambridge Handbook of Intellectual Property in Central and Eastern Europe, published in 2019.

Mira was a Professor of Intellectual Property Law at the University of Glasgow and the CREATe copyright research centre from 2013 to 2017, where she directed the LL.M. in “Intellectual Property in the Digital Environment.” She previously held the Canada Research Chair in Intellectual Property Law at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, Canada, from 2004 to 2011, where she was also a tenured Associate Professor of Law and the Founding Director of the IP Law Program at UBC.

Mira held a Visiting Fellowship at Magdalen College, Oxford University in 2009, and remained an Honorary Member of Magdalen College until 2015. Mira has also been a Visiting Professor and Scholar in the UK (Oxford), France (ESSEC Business School), Italy (Trento University), Russia (Gowlings Moscow), India (NLS and NALSAR), and Japan (Waseda University), as well as the United States (Stanford and NYU, where she was a Global Engelberg Fellow at NYU Law School).

As a consultant, Mira has worked with public and private organizations including local and national governments, leading international law firms, cultural institutions such as the Rodin Museum in Paris, and artists in different parts of the world, notably India and the United States.

Mira’s research has been supported by an Impact Acceleration Account grant from the UK Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC), and, while in Canada, 2 SSHRC Standard Research Grants. She has also been short-listed for a European Research Council grant to support her work on “Authorship and Copyright: In Search of a New Paradigm of Copyright Law.”

In India, Mira’s work provided the basis for the country’s leading precedent on moral rights, Amar Nath Sehgal v. Union of India (Delhi High Court, 2005), and led the Indian government to implement perpetual protection for moral rights in the Indian Copyright Act.

Mira is also professionally active as a classical pianist and writer. Her activities in these areas are described in the relevant pages of this website.

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Dr. Mira T. Sundara Rajan holds a doctorate in law from the University of Oxford, and has spoken and published widely on copyright law and cultural matters.


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Mira has published widely on intellectual property matters and writes regularly for law reviews, newspapers, magazines, and blogs.

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Mira currently offers her services as an advisor and expert consultant, and may be contacted with requests for assistance.