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About Dr Rebecca Giblin

Rebecca is a Senior Lecturer within Monash University's law faculty and sits on the Board of the Australian Digital Alliance.  During 2011 Rebecca was the Kernochan Visiting International Intellectual Property Scholar at Columbia Law School in New York, and in 2013 a Senior Visiting Scholar in residence at Berkeley Law School.
Rebecca's research primarily sits within two main fields: Access to Knowledge (A2K) and regulation of emerging technologies.

In the A2K field, Rebecca's work has recently explored copyright's historic and future development role, investigated the regulatory treatment of library ebook lending compared to that of physical books, and contributed to emerging theory and practice surrounding open textbooks. In the sphere of emerging technology regulation, Rebecca recently teamed up with Professor Jane C. Ginsburg to write a series of papers analysing the issues arising from the Aereo timeshifting controversy. Her first book, Code Wars (Edward Elgar, 2011) recounts the legal and technological history of the first decade of the P2P file sharing era, focusing on the innovative and anarchic ways in which P2P technologies evolved in response to decisions reached by courts with regard to their predecessors. Rebecca is a global authority on secondary liability for copyright infringement and so-called 'graduated responses', and her contributions to understanding the scope, vulnerabilities and effects of these laws have been relied on by lawmakers around the world. 

Current research interests include pinning down the elusive notion of ‘the public interest’ in copyright, working towards a new exceptions framework in Australia and developing understanding of the regulatory challenges posed to libraries as they shift to elending.

Rebecca has been widely published and cited in Australia and overseas, and she has given public addresses to a diverse range of audiences in places such as the US, the UK, Europe, Israel, South Africa and South Korea. In 2013 and 2014 her work was partly funded by the Monash University Research Accelerator Program. A selection of Rebecca’s recent papers is available on SSRN, and she tweets on A2K, tech, IP & more @rgibli.


Present Kernochan Visiting International Intellectual Property Scholar (2011), Columbia University
Present LLB(Hons), PhD, GCHE, Monash University



Research Interests

Copyright, Contract law, Information technology, and Technology regulation


  • Copyright & Designs Law
  • Advanced Copyright: Global Law & Policy
  • Current Issues in Copyright (Masters)
  • Contract Law

Books (2)

Other Journal Articles (15)

Other Book Chapters (3)