Dr Nicholas Gervassis

Dr Nicholas Gervassis

Lecturer in Law

School of Law, Criminology and Government (Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Business)


Ph.D in Law (University of Edinburgh)

LL.M. in Innovation, Technology and the Law (University of Edinburgh)

LL.B. (Hons.) (Demokritos University of Thrace, Greece)

FHEA (Fellow of The Higher Education Academy)

Professional membership

The Society of Legal Scholars 

International Association of Legal and Social Philosophy 
Socio-Legal Studies Association 
Global Internet Governance Academic Network 
Open Rights Group Academic Network

Research interests

Law & Society
Information Technology Law, Digital Rights
Intellectual Property Law
Corporate Social Responsibility
Human Rights & Civil Liberties


- (with P. Voyatzis) “Back to (con)textuality: using chat services to teach legal reasoning",  European Journal of Law and Technology, Vol. 8, No. 1, 2017, online at http://ejlt.org/article/view/550

- “The Dehumanisation of Law: Digital Reflections”,  European Journal of Law and Technology, Vol. 3, Issue 3, 2012, online at http://ejlt.org//article/view/102/263

- "The 20 Questions Game: The Journey to Personhood",  Masaryk University Journal of Law and Technology, Vol. 1, No. 1, 2007, pp. 155 - 185

- “In Search of the Value of Online Electronic Personae: Commercial MMORPGs and the Terms of Participation in Virtual Communities”,  Journal of Information Law and Technology, Issue 3, 2004, online at http://www2.warwick.ac.uk/fac/soc/law/elj/jilt/2004_3/gervassis/

- “From Laws for Cyberspace to Cyber Laws (literally): Integration of Legal Norms into Internet Protocols & Law for Closed Digital Management Communities”,  SCRIPT-ed, Vol. 1, Issue 2, 2004, pp. 307  – 318, online at  http://www.law.ed.ac.uk/ahrc/scripted/issue2/cyberlaw.asp

Book Chapters

- (with A. Brown and R. Mukonoweshuro) “Corporate Social Responsibility, Intellectual Property and the Creative Industries”, in A. Brown & C. Waelde (Eds.) Research Handbook on Intellectual Property andCreative Industries, 2018, pp. 326 - 347, Edward Elgar (Research Handbooks in Intellectual Property series) 

Proceedings Publications

- (with B.  Schäfer) “How to Derive an ‘Ought’ from a ‘Can not’: Virtual Laws, Artificial Societies and the Idea of Designing out Crime in Cyberspace”, Cyberspace 2004 Conference, Brno, Czech Republic