Melanie Stockton-Brown

Dr Melanie Stockton-Brown

  • Principal Academic in Law
  • Weymouth House W401, Talbot Campus, Fern Barrow, Poole, BH12 5BB
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I am a Principal Academic in Law and a member of the Centre for Intellectual Property Policy and Management here at Bournemouth University.

I am the Programme Leader for the LLB Law undergraduate programme.

I have previously been the Programme Leader for the LLM in Legal Practice; as well as the Level 6 Tutor for the LLB.

I am the Unit Leader for the L6 Media and Entertainment Law.


My research focuses on intellectual property, specifically copyright. My doctoral thesis examined copyright and cultural heritage within the UK and EU, considering how film archives may be able to widen public access to out-of-commerce works, through the DSM Directive 2019.

Within IP, I have also researched and published on the impact of pharmaceutical patents and the oral contraceptive pill.

I am also particularly passionate about gender equality, and bring a feminist perspective to all of my research.

Tattoos, tattooing culture and the perception of tattooed people interests me greatly, both academically and personally.


I am interested in supervising PhD students, especially in the areas of copyright law, cultural heritage law, feminist legal studies, and in ethnographic research.


Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person's work contributes towards the following SDGs:

Quality education

"Ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all"

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Gender equality

"Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls"

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Industry, innovation and infrastructure

"Build resilient infrastructure, promote inclusive and sustainable industrialization and foster innovation"

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Peace, justice and strong institutions

"Promote peaceful and inclusive societies for sustainable development, provide access to justice for all and build effective, accountable and inclusive institutions at all levels"

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Journal Articles



  • Stockton-Brown, M., 2022. Padlet poetry: student poetry and art reflections as critical legal learning. In: Betts, T. and Oprandi, P., eds. 100 Ideas for Active Learning. Open Press at University of Sussex.
  • Stockton-Brown, M., 2022. Group crosswords as formative assessment tasks. 100 Ideas for Active Learning. Open Press at University of Sussex.
  • Stockton-Brown, M., 2020. “Representing the Modified Body”. The International Encyclopedia of Gender, Media, and Communication, 3 Volume Set. Wiley-Blackwell.
  • Stockton-Brown, M., 2019. “Moral Copyright Law: An Opportunity to Review the Current Law after Brexit”. Brexit: A Way Forward. Vernon Press.
  • Stockton-Brown, M., 2019. “The Oral Contraceptive Pill”. A History of Intellectual Property in 50 Objects. Cambridge University Press.

Internet Publications



  • Skin Artificial Authorship in Tattooing Melanie Stockton Brown, 2023. Film.
  • Beloved, 2021. Film.


PhD Students

  • Elizabeth Bailey, (In progress)

Profile of Teaching PG

  • Chairing PhD Vivas (both online and in person), as well as Chairing Major Reviews

Invited Lectures

  • 09 May 2024 more


  • CIPPM Summer School Activity Code (World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO), 06 May 2024). Awarded
  • Women, tattooing and pioneering inventors (WAN Small Grant Funding 2024, 01 Mar 2024). Awarded
  • Shared Post-Human Imagination: Human-AI Collaboration in Media Creatio (AHRC, 01 Feb 2024). In Progress
  • Tattooing in the Archive (Socio-Legal Studies Association, 06 Oct 2023). Awarded
  • Popular Feminism and Tattoo Expression (Women's Academic Network, 21 May 2023). In Progress
  • CopyTatts: Copyright within Tattooing Culture (Bournemouth University ACORN Large Grant, 01 Feb 2022). In Progress
  • Pushing Back: copyright law and film archives (Socio-Legal Studies Association, 14 Jan 2022). In Progress
  • “Out-of-Commerce: Out-of-Mind”: Finding the Lost Films" (ACORN Funding, Bournemouth University, 01 Jun 2021). Completed
  • Out-of-Commerce Works (Seedcorn Funding, Department of Humanities and Law, Bournemouth University, 01 Jun 2021). Completed
  • Beloved (Bournemouth University, 18 May 2021). Completed
  • FrankenZine: Voice, Copyright, and Women Authors (CIPPM, Bournemouth University, 18 May 2021). Completed
  • Emerging Scholar Award (Eleventh International Conference on the Inclusive Museum, 02 Jul 2018). Completed
  • PhD Studentship (Bournemouth University, 18 Sep 2017). Completed

External Responsibilities

  • Sunderland University, External Examiner (2023-2027)

Internal Responsibilities

  • Member, Research Intellectual Property Strategy Evaluation Committee

Journal Reviewing/Refereeing

  • Journal of Media and Rights, 01 Jun 2024
  • International Journal for the Semiotics of Law, Anonymous peer review, 01 Jul 2022

Public Engagement & Outreach Activities

  • Active Learning Network CPD Series 2023 Presentation (10 Oct 2023)
  • Zine exhibited as part of an international art exhibit
  • 2003 UNESCO Convention for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage

Conference Presentations

  • SLSA 2024 (Socio-Legal Studies Association), 26 May 2024, Portsmouth
  • TechFusion Summit, "Generative AI in Media and Storytelling", 09 May 2024, MergeXR Studios, Luton


  • Programme Leadership Certificate in Programme Leadership Certificate (Bournemouth University, 2023)
  • PhD in Copyright Law and Cultural Heritage (Bournemouth University, 2021)
  • LLM in Human Rights Law (University of Sunderland, 2015)
  • LLB (Hons) in Criminal Law (Aberystwyth University, 2014)


  • "You're Brilliant" Teaching Award (Bournemouth University, 2023)
  • Beloved film chosen as part of the Frankenstein Factory Fest film festival, 2023. (2023)
  • Beloved film selected and screened at the Frankenstein Factory Film Festival 2023 (Frankenstein Factory Film Festival, 2023)
  • Doctoral College Outstanding Contribution Award (Bournemouth University, 2023)
  • Nominated for a VC BU Community Award (2023)
  • Senior Fellow (HEA, 2023)
  • Skin (2023) film chosen and exhibited online film festival (Lift-Off Sessions May 2023, 2023)
  • “You’re Brilliant” Teaching Award (2022)
  • Beloved film selected and shown at the Grito! queer horror film festival in Brazil (2021)
  • Best Newcomer for our short-film Beloved (English Riveria Film Festival, 2021)
  • Film Beloved was chosen as part of the online Lift-Off Online Sessions film festival. (2021)
  • My zine, FrankenZine, about Mary Shelley, women authors & copyright, has been selected as part of the permanent queer & feminist zine library at an international art Ad Minoliti exhibit at the BALTIC in Gateshead (2021)


  • IP Out
  • The Public Engagement Network of the National Co-ordinating Centre for Public Engagement
  • Europeana Network Association
  • Women in IP
  • IP Inclusive Network
  • European Policy for Intellectual Property Association
  • The Active Learning Network
  • Socio-Legal Studies Association

External Media and Press