Lida Ayoubi

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Phone: (09) 921 9999 ext 5442


Physical Address:
Law School
Room WY 511
Level 6, AUT Law School Building
120 Mayoral Drive
Auckland Central 1010

Postal Address:
Law School
Faculty of Business, Economics and Law
Auckland University of Technology
Private Bag 92006
Auckland 1142


  • LLB, University of Tehran 2008
  • LLM, Lund University 2011
  • PhD, VUW 2015

Memberships and Affiliations:

  • Deputy Director, AUT Centre for Indigenous Rights and Law
  • Executive Member, The Asian Pacific Copyright Association
  • Member, The International Association for the Advancement of Teaching and Research in Intellectual Property


Lida Ayoubi joined the AUT Law School in 2016. She completed her LLB at University of Tehran in Iran before undertaking postgraduate studies in international human rights and intellectual property law at Lund University, Sweden. During her LLM studies, she contributed to the Access to Knowledge project funded by the Raoul Wallenberg Institute of Human Rights in Sweden and interned at the World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO) in Geneva, Switzerland. Lida later received a scholarship and completed her PhD degree at Victoria University of Wellington in 2015 where she also acted as a teaching and research assistant. Her doctorate investigated the case of access to copyright protected works for blind and visually impaired persons. Upon completion of her PhD, Lida received the John Miller Award in Social Justice and Community Development. Lida continues to teach and publish on human rights and intellectual property.

Teaching Areas:

  • Principles of Intellectual Property
  • Human Rights and Intellectual Property
  • Legal System

Research Areas:

  • International intellectual property law
  • Copyright and disability rights
  • The interface of human rights and intellectual property law

Research Summary:

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

Her current research projects include:
  • 2018 - University Intellectual Property Policy and Protection of Mātauranga Māori (Funded by a Law Foundation Research Grant)


Book Chapters

“Copyright pluralism and human rights of the visually impaired persons” in Susy Frankel (ed) Is Intellectual Property Pluralism Functional? (Edward Elgar, 2018 forthcoming)

“Copyright Harmonisation in the Asian Pacific: Weaving the people together” in Susan Corbett and Jessica Lai (eds) Making Copyright Work for the Asian Pacific? Juxtaposing Harmonisation with Flexibility (ANU Press, Canberra, 2018).

“Intellectual Property and Human Rights” in Kris Gledhill and Margaret Bedggood (eds) International Human Rights Law in Aotearoa New Zealand (Thomson Reuters, Wellington, 2017).


“Human Rights Principles in the WIPO Marrakesh Treaty: Driving Change in Copyright Law from Within” (2019) 19(3) Queen Mary Journal of Intellectual Property (forthcoming)

“Deciphering the ‘Right to Read’ under International Human Rights Law: a Normative Framework for Equal Access” (Spring 2019 forthcoming) Wiscon Int’l L J.

“Cryptocurrencies and consumer rights in New Zealand: risky business?” (2018) 4 NZLJ.

“The copyright law of Iran: An overview of recent developments” (WIPO-WTO Colloquium Papers: 2017 Asian Edition, 2017) 1-9.

“International Trade, Copyright, and Indigenous Rights” in David Hall (ed) No more business as usual: Where to now for international trade? (Report, AUT Policy Observatory, 2017).

Lida Ayoubi “The Marrakesh Treaty: Fixing International Copyright Law for the Benefit of the Visually Impaired Persons” (2015) 13 NZJPIL 255.

“Book Review: Weaving Intellectual Property Policy in Small Island Developing States” (2016) 22 Comparative Law Journal of the Pacific 99.

Presentations and Conference Contributions

Organising Committee, “Intellectual Property and Human Rights: Shifting Boundaries” Symposium, AUT Law School, Auckland, 7 December 2018.

Invited Panel Speaker, “Copyright in the Digital Single Market: Is the proposed EU Directive likely to influence New Zealand’s upcoming copyright review?” APCA Panel Discussion, VUW, Auckland, 6 December 2018

Panel Chair, Copyright Licensing and Regulation in the Asian-Pacific, APCA Conference, Renmin University of China, Beijing, October 2018

Plenary presentation, “Copyright Law Reform and Censorship in Iran: Whose Morality?” 2018 ATRIP Congress, Hanken School of Economics, Helsinki, August 2018.

Panel Chair, The Eighth Annual Asia Pacific Innovation Conference (APIC), VUW, Wellington, 30 November 2017.

Organising Committee, “Plurilateralism and the Future of IP in Asia Pacific” Symposium, Law School, AUT, 17 November 2017.

Paper Presentation, “Bridging the gap between copyright and sui generis measures of protecting TK and TCEs - A survey of the Asian-Pacific”, APCA Conference, University of Technology, Sydney, October 2017.

Plenary Presentation, “The object and purpose of intellectual property: A blessing or a curse for TK?”, 2017 ATRIP Congress, VUW, Wellington, October 2017.

Peer reviewer, New Zealand Feminist Judgement Project that resulted in the publication of Elisabeth McDonald et al (eds) Feminist Judgements of Aotearoa New Zealand (2017, Hart Publishing, Oxford).

Paper Presentation, “The WIPO Marrakesh Treaty for the Visually Impaired: Policy and Law Lessons on Intellectual Property and Human Rights”, WIPO-WTO Colloquium for Teachers and Researchers of Intellectual Property, Geneva, June 2017.

Paper Presentation, “Copyright Harmonisation in the Asian Pacific: Weaving the People Together?”, IPScholars Asia, Singapore Management University, February 2017.

Paper Presentation, “Copyright in the Asian Pacific: the challenges and opportunities”, APCA Conference, University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong, November 2016.

Panel chair, Geographical Indications: The International Debate and the Best Way forward for New Zealand Conference, NZCIEL, August 2016.

Paper Presentation, “Copyright Pluralism and Human Rights of the Visually Impaired Persons”, 2016 ATRIP Congress, Jegiellonian University, June 2016.

Paper Presentation, “Access to Books for the Visually Impaired and the Future of User Rights” APCA Conference, VUW, November 2015.

Paper Presentation, “Copyright flexibilities and access to books in the Pacific region”, NZ Association for Comparative Law seminar series, VUW, October 2015.

Invited Panel Member, “Would the Asian Pacific region benefit from harmonisation of copyright laws throughout the region?” APCA Business Link Seminar Series, VUW, May 2015.

Paper Presentation, “The Interface of Human Rights and Intellectual Property Rights- The Case of Access to Books for the Blind”, the LSAANZ Public and/or Private Lives Conference, University of Queensland, December 2014.

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