Rita Matulionyte

Lecturer in Law, University of Newcastle

Rita's research focuses on a balanced approach to copyright in the digital environment, including copyright scope and exceptions online, enforcement and Internet service providers' liability issues, digital libraries and orphan works, authors' and performers' remuneration.

She has been researching in this field for many years and has published numerous articles and book chapters in the field.

She wrote several reports for the European Patent Office, Lithuanian government and South Korean governments.

Rita also participated in coordinating European Academics' opinion against the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA) which played an important role in European discussions on ACTA and its eventual rejection by the European Parliament.

Since 2007 Rita has been researching on the intersection of intellectual property and private international law. Her PhD thesis "Law Applicable to Copyright Infringements: A Comparison of the ALI and CLIP Proposals" was written in a prestigious Max Planck Institute for Intellectual Property and Competition Law (Germany) and published by Edward Elgar Pub.

She also published several articles and book chapters in the area and participated in a number of conferences in the field.

In 2011 she acquired a highly competitive grant from the Japanese Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS) and continued her research in the area as a post-doctoral research fellow at Kyushu University (Japan). Since 2011, she was invited as a leader of a Sub-committee on Applicable Law and Intellectual Property Infringements at the International Law Association.

Since 2013 she has been researching the legal means for the protection of intangible and tangible cultural heritage. She been advising Lithuanian Commission for UNESCO and the Ministry of Culture of Lithuania on the issues relating to intangible cultural heritage as well as carrying other research projects relating to balanced enforcement of cultural heritage laws in Lithuania.


  • –present
    Lecturer in Law, University of Newcastle


  • 2010 
    Albert Ludwig University Freiburg, Germany, PhD in law