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Dr Sadaf Shariat

Part-Time Tutor in the Durham Law School

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Sadaf Shariat, LLB (ATU), LLM (UKM), MBA (Nottingham), PhD (Durham), FHEA.

Sadaf is currently a seminar leader at Durham Law School. From April 2012 to April 2016, she worked on her PhD under supervision of Professor Deryck Beyleveld and Dr Mike Adcock at Durham Law School. Her research proposed a concept-theoretic framework to reconcile the competing rights in EU Patent Law. After completing her LLB, she worked as a legal researcher and consultant for two years. Interested in the business side of law and curious to know how organisations run at a commercial level, she completed her Master’s degree, an MBA programme at the University of Nottingham, and specialised in developing and delivering Corporate Social Responsibility programmes for companies. She also obtained an LLM (Distinction) from the National University of Malaysia, with the main focus of her Masters on International Economy, Securities Regulation and Finance Law.

Sadaf’s research is interdisciplinary, in law, business and moral and political philosophy. Currently, her research and teaching interest lies in European Union Law. Within that field, Sadaf’s primary interests are in patent law and public policy, and fundamental rights and Jurisprudence of the Court of Justice of European Union. She has a particular interest in the relationship between intellectual property and human rights. Furthermore, many of her research works focus mainly on intellectual property debates and human rights issues within the context of biotechnology and healthcare law and policy. Her latest research is focussed on the practical application of moral philosophy in the interpretation of human rights within patent law, with a special focus on commercialisation of biotechnological inventions.

In September 2012, she started her career as a Teaching Assistant in a project organised by Newcastle University (Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences) and Durham University (Centre for Modern Languages and Culture). Since September 2014, she has been a seminar leader for Durham Law School’s undergraduate Intellectual Property Law, EU Constitutional Law and Commercial Law modules. Sadaf is a member of Durham European Law Institute (DELI) and she served as a deputy co-convenor of Durham Centre for Law and Ethics in the Life Sciences (CELLS) from December 2013 to December 2016. She is also a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (HEA).


Research Interests

  • EU Fundamental Rights
  • EU Patent Law and Commercialisation of Biotechnology
  • Regulations of Biotechnology and Medical law
  • Corporate Governance and Corporate Social Responsibility
  • Jurisprudential Foundations of Corporate and Commercial Law

Teaching Areas

  • Commercial Law (L.L.B)
  • Intellectual Property Law (L.L.B)
  • European Constitutional Law (L.L.B)

Selected Publications

Workshop papers

Shariat, Sadaf (2015), Wide Margin of Appreciation or Strict Interpretation Test: Reconciliation of Conflicting Rights in EU Patent Law, Durham-Cambridge Doctoral Workshop in EU Law, ‘Igniting European Union Law: Frameworks for the Future’. Durham University.

Shariat, Sadaf (2015) The Margin of Appreciation Doctrine: Analysis of Intersection between Law and Morality in Medical Law, Gender, and Human Rights, Durham Centre for Ethics and Law in the Life Sciences (CELLS) and Centre for Gender and Law at Durham (GLAD) PGR workshop. Durham University.

Conference papers

Shariat, S (2015) Commercialisation of Gamete Donor Selection Technologies: A Case Study of 23andMe's Designer Baby Patent from an EU Perspective, Enhancing Understanding of Enhancement.The Hastings Centre International Conference (in partnership with Centre for the Study of Bioethics). Belgrade, Serbia.

Shariat, Sadaf (2015), "To treat or not to treat?": An Exploratory Study of Medical Practitioners’ Perspective on Clinical Ethics in Stem Cell Therapies, Challenges in Research Ethics, Institute of Ethics and History of Medicine. Tubingen University, Germany.

Shariat, Sadaf (2015), A Malaysian Perspective on Commercialisation of hESC Research, The Future of Commercial Law, The Institute of Commercial and Corporate Law (ICCL). Durham University.

Shariat, Sadaf (2015), Constitutional Interpretation of United Sates Patent Law: A Case of Compliance or Contradiction? 8 May 2015, Durham Centre for Ethics and Law in the Life Sciences, Annual Conference, Durham University.

Shariat, Sadaf (2014), The Papua New Guinea Human T-lymphoteropic Virus Patent: Suggested Concept-theoretic Position for EPO/ CJEU, Durham Centre for Ethics and Law in the Life Sciences, Annual Conference. Durham University.

Shariat, Sadaf (2011), Patients’ Health, Safety and Trust in Stem Cell-Based Therapies, International Conference on Consumer Law, Conference proceedings published as a book entitled : Social Justice & Consumer Law, p. 36-47. Malaysia.

Journal papers: academic

Shariat, Sadaf (2011), A Case Study on Corporate Social Responsibility in Pharmaniaga Using Carroll’s Framework, International Vision Journal (January-June). 1-10.

Journal papers: essay

Shariat, Sadaf & Ghanbari, Maryam (2006), The Life and Times of Murray Rothbard (Translation), Legal Dialectic Journal (Gofteman Hoghugh): 3 (July).



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