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2018 – Postgraduate Certificate in Academic Practice, Durham University
2017 – Ph.D. Law, Durham University
2015 – Durham University Learning and Teaching Award
2013 – LL.M., the National University of Malaysia
2012 – MBA in Corporate Social Responsibility, the University of Nottingham
2006 – LL.B. Law, ATU


Dr Sadaf Shariat is a Lecturer in Law, based in the School of Law, Accounting and Finance. In September 2012, Sadaf 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). She worked as a Seminar Leader for Intellectual Property Law, EU Constitutional Law and Commercial Law modules at Durham Law School from 2014 to 2017. She also worked as a Sessional Lecturer and Associate Tutor for International Intellectual Property and International Business Law modules at Edge Hill University in 2017. Sadaf is a former deputy convenor of Durham CELLS (Centre for Ethics and Law in the Life Sciences). She was awarded a Postgraduate Certificate in Academic Practice (PGCAP) from Durham University, School of Education in January 2018. She is also a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (HEA).


Module Leader for Patent Law module taught at the UK Intellectual Property Office
Module Leader for Information Technology Law taught at the UK Intellectual Property Office
Module Leader for Frameworks of International and European Law (LL.M.)
Seminar Leader for the Law of the European Union (LL.B.)


Shariat S. (2015) Commercialisation of Gamete Donor Selection Technologies: A Case Study of 23andMe’s Designer Baby Patent from an EU Perspective. In Enhancing Understanding of Enhancement-The Hastings Centre International Conference (in partnership with Centre for the Study of Bioethics). Belgrade, Serbia.
Shariat S. (2015) Wide Margin of Appreciation or Strict Interpretation Test: Reconciliation of Conflicting Rights in EU Patent Law. In Igniting European Union Law: Frameworks for the Future- Durham-Cambridge Doctoral Workshop in EU Law. Durham University, UK.
Shariat S. (2015) The Margin of Appreciation Doctrine: Analysis of Intersection between Law and Morality in Medical Law, Gender, and Human Rights. In Durham Centre for Ethics and Law in the Life Sciences (CELLS) and Centre for Gender and Law at Durham (GLAD) PGR workshop. Durham University, UK.
Shariat S. (2015) “To treat or not to treat?”: An Exploratory Study of Medical Practitioners’ Perspective on Clinical Ethics in Stem Cell Therapies. In Challenges in Research Ethics- Institute of Ethics and History of Medicine. Tubingen University, Germany.
Shariat S. (2015) A Malaysian Perspective on Commercialisation of hESC Research, The Future of Commercial Law-The Institute of Commercial and Corporate Law (ICCL). Durham University, UK.
Shariat S. (2015) Constitutional Interpretation of United States Patent Law: A Case of Compliance or Contradiction? In Durham Centre for Ethics and Law in the Life Sciences, Annual Conference. Durham University, UK.
Shariat S. (2014) The Papua New Guinea Human T-lymphotropic Virus Patent: Suggested Concept-theoretic Position for EPO/ CJEU. Durham Centre for Ethics and Law in the Life Sciences, Annual Conference. Durham University, UK.
Shariat S. (2011) Patients’ Health, Safety and Trust in Stem Cell-based Therapies. In International Conference on Consumer Law, Conference proceedings published as a book entitled: Social Justice & Consumer Law, p. 36-47. Malaysia.
Shariat S. (2011) A Case Study on Corporate Social Responsibility in Pharmaniaga Using Carroll’s Framework, International Vision Journal (January-June). 1-10.


Fellow of the Higher Education Academy
External Member of Durham Centre for Ethics and Law in the Life Sciences (CELLS)


Sadaf’s research is interdisciplinary, in law, business and moral and political philosophy. Currently, her research and teaching interests lie 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 focused 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.

Areas of Expertise

EU Fundamental Rights
Biomedical Law and Ethics
Intellectual Property Rights (IPRs) and Biotechnology
IPRs and Information Technology
Corporate Governance and Corporate Social Responsibility
Jurisprudential Foundations of Corporate and Commercial Law

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