Dr Lida Ayoubi

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Senior Lecturer

Email: lida.ayoubi@aut.ac.nz

ORCID: ORCID logo https://orcid.org/0000-0002-1665-2869


  • PhD, Victoria University of Wellington
  • LLM, Lund University
  • LLB, University of Tehran

Research interests:

Lida’s research is centred on different themes arising from the interface of human rights and intellectual property law.

Recent research projects:
- 2018 - 19 University Intellectual Property Policy and Protection of Mātauranga Māori (Funded by a Law Foundation Research Grant)

- 2017 Copyright Harmonisation in the Asian Pacific – An Indigenous Peoples’ Perspective (Funded by an AUT Faculty Research Grant)


- “Intellectual Property Commercialisation and Protection of Mātauranga Māori in New Zealand Universities” (2020 forthcoming) New Zealand Universities Law Review

- “Mapping and Critiquing the legal Landscape – New Zealand” in Jani McCutcheon and Ana Ramalho (eds) International Perspectives on Disability Exceptions in Copyright and the Visual Arts: Feeling Art (2020 forthcoming, Routledge)

Teaching summary:

LAWS777/970 Principles of Intellectual Property
LAWS759/912 Human Rights & Intellectual Property

Professional activities:

Appointment, affiliation, and membership

  • Executive Committee Member, Asian-Pacific Copyright Association (2019 - ongoing)
  • Member, Association for Teaching and Research of Intellectual Property (ATRIP) (2017 - ongoing)

Award, prize, fellowship, and scholarship

  • John Miller Award in Social Justice & Community Development, Victoria University of Wellington (2015)
  • Victoria Doctoral Submission Scholarship, Victoria University of Wellington (2015)
  • Postgraduate Scholarship, Law and Society Association of Australia and NZ (2014)
  • Victoria Doctoral Scholarship, Victoria University of Wellington (2012 - 2015)

Editorship, reviewing, examining, and judging

  • Peer reviewer, New Zealand Feminist Judgement Project (2017)

Facilitation, networking and collaboration

  • Organising Committee Member, APCA Conference 2019, Copyright Enforcement, Remedies and the Practices of Civil Society (2019)
  • Organising committee member, "Intellectual Property and Human Rights: Shifting Boundaries” AUT Law Symposium (2018)
  • Invited Panel Speaker, APCA Seminar, Copyright in the Digital Single Market: Is the proposed EU Directive likely to influence New Zealand (2018)
  • Panel Chair, The Eighth Annual Asia Pacific Innovation Conference (APIC) (2018)
  • Panel Chair, Copyright Licensing and Regulation in the Asian-Pacific, APCA 2018 Conference (2018)
  • Organising committee member, “Plurilateralism and the Future of IP in Asia Pacific” AUT Law Symposium (2017)
  • Panel Chair, Countries at Crossroads, NZCIEL, Geographical Indications: The International Debate and the Best Way Forward for New Zealand (2016)
  • Invited Panel Speaker, Would the Asian Pacific region benefit from harmonisation of copyright laws throughout the region?”, APCA Business Link Seminar (2015)

Research outputs:

Journal articles

  • Ayoubi, L. (2019). Deciphering the ‘Right to Read’ under International Human Rights Law: A normative framework for equal access. Wisconsin International Law Journal, 36(3), 424-471.

  • Ayoubi, L. (2019). Human rights principles in the WIPO Marrakesh Treaty: Driving change in copyright law from within. Queen Mary Journal of Intellectual Property, 9(3), 282-302. doi:10.4337/qmjip.2019.03.03

  • Ayoubi, L. (2018). Cryptocurrencies and consumer rights in New Zealand: Risky business. New Zealand Law Journal, 4, 108-111. Retrieved from https://advance.lexis.com/

  • Ayoubi, L. (2017). The copyright law of Iran: An overview of recent developments. WIPO-WTO colloquium papers: 2017 Asian edition: Research papers from the 2017 regional WIPO-WTO colloquium for IP teachers and scholars in Asia, 1-9. Retrieved from https://www.wto.org/english/tratop_e/trips_e/wipo_wto_colloquium_2017_e.pdf

  • Ayoubi, L. (2016). Book review: Weaving intellectual property policy in small island developing states. Comparative Law Journal of the Pacific/ Journal de Droit Compare du Pacifique, 22. Retrieved from http://www.victoria.ac.nz/

  • Ayoubi, L. (2015). The Marrakesh Treaty: Fixing international copyright law for the benefit of the visually impaired persons. New Zealand Journal of Public and International Law, 13(2). Retrieved from http://heinonline.org.ezproxy.aut.ac.nz/

Book chapters

  • Ayoubi, L. (2019). Copyright pluralism and human rights of the visually impaired persons. In S. Frankel (Ed.), Is intellectual property pluralism functional? (pp. 310-340). Edward Elgar Publishing. doi:10.4337/9781788977999.00021

  • Ayoubi, L. (2018). Copyright harmonisation in the Asian Pacific: Weaving the people together. In S. Corbett, & J. Lai (Eds.), Making copyright work for the Asian Pacific: Juxtaposing harmonisation with flexibility (pp. 47-74). ANU Press. doi:10.22459/MCWAP.10.2018

  • Ayoubi, L. (2017). Intellectual property law and human rights. In M. Bedggood, K. Gledhill, & I. McIntosh (Eds.), International human rights law in Aotearoa New Zealand. Thomson Reuters. Retrieved from http://www.thomsonreuters.co.nz/

Conference contributions

  • Ayoubi, L. (2019). Access to artistic works for the visually impaired persons: Possibilities and hurdles. In APCA Conference 2019. VUW, Wellington. Retrieved from http://www.apcacopyright.org/upcoming/information

  • Ayoubi, L. (2019). Intellectual property commercialisation by New Zealand universities and protection of mātauranga Māori. In Indigenous Knowledge Forum, Models for a Competent Authority – Facilitating Self-Determination. University of Technology Sydney. Retrieved from https://886505af-eb05-4af2-b4b8-0cae66f94b03.filesusr.com/

  • Ayoubi, L. (2019). Intellectual property commercialisation by New Zealand universities and protection of mātauranga Māori. In Australasian IP Academics Conference. University of Tasmania, Hobart.

  • Ayoubi, L. (2017). Bridging the gap between copyright and sui generis measures of protecting TK and TCEs - A survey of the Asian-Pacific. In Asian Pacific Copyright Association (APCA) Conference 2017. Sydney. Retrieved from http://www.apcacopyright.org/conferences/conference-2017

  • Ayoubi, L. (2017). The object and purpose of intellectual property: A blessing or a curse for TK?. In 36th Annual ATRP Congress. Wellington. Retrieved from https://www.victoria.ac.nz/atrip

  • Ayoubi, L. (2017). The WIPO Marrakesh treaty for the visually impaired: Policy and law lessons on intellectual property and human rights. In WIPO-WTO Colloquium for Teachers of Intellectual Property. Switzerland. Retrieved from http://www.wipo.int/meetings/en/details.jsp?meeting_id=29243

  • Ayoubi, L. (2017). Copyright harmonisation in the Asian Pacific: Weaving the people together?. In 2nd Works-in-Progress Conference “IPScholars Asia” 2017. Singapore. Retrieved from https://law.smu.edu.sg/

  • Ayoubi, L. (2016). Copyright harmonisation in the Asia Pacific: Weaving the people together?. In 2016 APCA Conference: Copyright in the Asian Pacific: The Challenges and Ppportunities. Hong Kong. Retrieved from http://www.apcacopyright.org/conferences/2016-conference

  • Ayoubi, L. (2016). Copyright pluralism and human rights of the visually impaired persons. In 35th Annual ATRIP Congress, Intellectual Property as Functional Pluralism: The Parameters, Challenges and Opportunities of Variation. Krakow. Retrieved from http://www.atrip2016.confer.uj.edu.pl/en_GB/start

  • Ayoubi, L. (2015). Access to books for the visually impaired and the future of user rights. In Asian Pacific Copyright Association Conference 2015: Copyright Law and Policy in the Asia Pacific. Auckland. Retrieved from http://www.apcacopyright.org/

  • Ayoubi, L. (2014). The interface of human rights and intellectual property rights: The case of access to books for the blind. In 2014 Law and Society Association of Australia and New Zealand Conference 2014: Public and/or Privte Lives Public and/or Private Lives. Brisbane. Retrieved from https://law.uq.edu.au/about/events/law-and-society-conference-2014


  • Ayoubi, L. (2017). On international trade, copyright, and indigenous rights: No more business-as-usual: Where to now for international trade?. Auckland, New Zealand: The Policy Observatory. Retrieved from https://thepolicyobservatory.aut.ac.nz/

  • Ayoubi, L., & Gerling, C. (2012). Hippotherapy: Equine related therapies for people with disabilities: Hippotherapy Equine-Related Therapies for People with Disabilities: An Annotated Bibliography. Wellington: Riding for the Disabled Wellington Group. Retrieved from https://pdfs.semanticscholar.org/5224/d9100705aa85582a09b14091c494b5ce6e4c.pdf


Other outputs

  • Ayoubi, L., & Johnson, M. (2019). NZ considers changes to copyright law as part of promise to help end global ‘book famine’. The Conversation. Retrieved from https://theconversation.com/