Pinar Oruc


  • Lecturer in Commercial Law, Law
  • Williamson Building 3.28

Personal profile


Dr Pinar Oruc joined the University of Manchester in 2021 as a Lecturer in Commercial Law. Pinar's research and teaching is in the area of Intellectual Property Law. She is currently a co-director for Centre for Law and Business.


Pinar has completed her PhD on copyright law and cultural heritage in Queen Mary University of London, supported by the Herchel Smith Intellectual Property PhD Scholarship. She also holds an LLM in International Commercial Law from Cardiff University and a BA in Law from Koc University.

Pinar has taught part-time at Queen Mary University of London (2015-2020), University College London (2018-2019) and University of Essex (2018-2019) in the areas of intellectual property law and cultural property law. In 2020, she joined UK Copyright and Creative Economy Centre (CREATe) at the University of Glasgow as a Postdoctoral Research Associate for the H2020 project ‘reCreating Europe: Rethinking digital copyright law for a culturally diverse, accessible, creative Europe’. Pinar's two projects were on (i) artificial Intelligence and text and data mining copyright exception, and (ii) copyright, digital heritage and place-making. 

Pinar is currently working on her monograph 'Digitising Cultural Heritage: Clashes with Copyright Law' (Hart Publishing and the Institute of Art and Law, The Art Law Library Series).

Memberships of committees and professional bodies

Fellow of Higher Education Academy

Istanbul Bar Association (Avukat)

Research interests

Pinar’s research focuses on intellectual property law, especially copyright, and its intersection with technology, cultural property law, art law and Indigenous rights. 



LAWS70101 Intellectual Property Law (LLM)

LAWS70261 Trade Mark Law & Policy (LLM)

LAWS70292 Copyright Law and Policy (LLM)

LAWS31192 Law, Money and Technology (LLB)

LAWS23050 Principles and Practice of Commercial Law (LLB)


LAWS70271 Patent Law and Policy (LLM)

LAWS30322 Intellectual Property Law (LLB)

Office hours

Wednesdays 11-13

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 SDG(s):

  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities

Research Beacons, Institutes and Platforms

  • Digital Futures


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