Staff profile: Dr Kimberley Barker


University of Wolverhampton Law School


Lecturer in Law

Contact details

Direct line: 01902 321736

University of Wolverhampton
Faculty of Social Sciences
MC Building
City Campus North


Kim is currently a lecturer at the Wolverhampton Law School, having gained a PhD from Aberystwyth University in copyright & contract law. Her current research interests span intellectual property and internet law more broadly, and she is currently working on a number of projects. In her current role, Kim is module leader for Intellectual Property Law, and International Trade and Finance Law modules, and Internet Law alongside teaching contract and commercial law subjects. Kim is also the course leader for law programmes at the Mauritius Branch Campus.

Kim has previously been a teaching fellow with the School of Law at the University of Birmingham, teaching the Law of Contract, Equity and Trusts. Kim also developed and lead specialist LLM Modules; Intellectual Property, and Cyberlaw. Kim has also worked as a tutor in the Department of Law & Criminology at Aberystwyth University, teaching a range of modules at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels. In addition to this, Kim has been seconded as an individual tutor, working with students having specific support requirements. 

Kim has recently completed consultancy work for British and Irish, Law, Education and Technology Association (BILETA) on the Intellectual Property Consultation relating to Copyright Exceptions, focussing specifically on Parody and Pastiche.

Academic qualifications

Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA).

University of Wolverhampton 2015
Postgraduate Certificate (PgCert) Academic Practice

Aberystwyth University 2009 - 2015
PhD: ‘MMORPGs: The fairness of the copyright – contract approach for users?’

Nottingham Law School June 2009 – July 2011
LLM Professional Practice (Commendation)

Nottingham Law School, Legal Practice Course September 2008 – June 2009
Diploma in Legal Practice (Pass with Commendation)

Aberystwyth University September 2005 – June 2008
Law LLB (Hons) 2:1. Calcott Pryce Subject Prize for International Law (2008).

Teaching interests

  • Intellectual Property
  • Internet Law
  • International Trade & Finance Law
  • Commercial Law
  • Contract Law
  • Advanced Contract Law

Professional body membership and roles

  • Society of Legal Scholars (SLS)
  • Open Rights Group (ORG)
  • Graphic Justice Research Alliance (GJRA)
  • Socio-Legal Studies Association (SLSA)

Research interests

Kim has a number of interests in intellectual property and internet law. Kim’s primary research interests focus on copyright, and she is currently working on a number of interesting projects. Kim is also currently working on the intersection of comics and copyright, with particular attention being paid to the role of copyright in protecting comics characters.

Other research which is of interest concerns the regulation of the internet more widely, Kim is involved with several projects connected to aspects of this. One of these includes the Women’s Legal Landmarks project – with Kim’s landmark focussing on twitter trolls, whilst another collaborative project concerns the copyright issues connected to brainwave technologies. These projects include areas connected to Graphic Justice as Kim is a member of the Graphic Justice Research Alliance (GJRA).

 Kim’s previous and doctoral research examines in detail, the inter-relationship between copyright and contract law that governs the world of on-line games. This includes detailed consideration of the current intellectual property regime, specifically copyright because computer software is protected by copyright as a literary work. In addition to this, due examination is made of the relationship between copyright and contract in End User License Agreements required by game developers before a user can access a particular online game or virtual world. In addition to this, there are wider questions involved in this research that focus on the regulation of online environments and cyberspace more generally. 

Kim has published in these areas, and has also presented research at numerous conferences both nationally and internationally.

External academic roles

Editorial Board Member – SCRIPTed

Selected publications

K Barker, ‘Governing the Ungovernable’ ICTL (forthcoming, 2016).

K Barker, ‘Comic Catastrophe: Copyright, Derivative Works and UGC’ in T Giddens (eds), Graphic Justice (Routledge, London: 2015).

S Roncallo-Dow, E Uribe-Jongbloed, K Barker and T Scholz, 'Authorship in Virtual Worlds: Author's Death to Rights Revival?' JVWR (2013) 6(3)

K Barker, ‘Online Games and IP. Battle of the Forms to Social Norms: Reconceptualising and relayering?’ SCRIPTed (2013) 10:3 SCRIPTed 320.

K Barker, 'MMORPGing, Law and Lingo' in Freeman M and Smith F, Law and Language: Current Legal Issues Volume 15 (OUP: Oxford 2013)

K. Barker, O. Jurasz, 'Gender, Human Rights and Cybercrime: Are Virtual Worlds really that Different?' in: M. Asimow, K. Brown, D. Papke (eds) Law and Popular Culture: International Perspectives (Cambridge: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2014).

K Barker, ‘MMORPGing – The Legalities of Game Play,’ European Journal for Law and Technology, Vol 3, Issue 1 (2012)