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Reader in Intellectual Property Law, University of Kent

Dr Hyo Yoon Kang's research interests are in intellectual property, knowledge techniques, transmissions and practices, construction of values and valuation practices, novelty and creativity, and hermeneutic/post-hermeneutic approaches to the study of law.

She has a cross-disciplinary training and professional background in law, history of sciences, and science and technology studies. Prior to joining Kent Law School, she was an Assistant Professor of Science Studies at the University of Lucerne, Switzerland and a postdoctoral research fellow at the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science, Berlin.

She earned a PhD in Law at the European University Institute, Florence, with a thesis which explored the implications of human gene patenting on the legal concept of human personhood. She read Government and Law at the London School of Economics and Political Science and also graduated there with a Distinction from the Masters of Laws (LLM) programme.

She was a visiting research fellow at University of California at Berkeley (2002-3) and LSE (2013).

She serves in the Organizing Committee of the Association for the Study of Law, Culture and the Humanities.

More details can be found on her website:


  • –present
    Reader in Intellectual Property Law , University of Kent


  • 2006 
    European University Institute, Law