Dr Siva Thambisetty

Dr Siva Thambisetty

Associate Professor of Law

LSE Law School

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About me

Dr Siva Thambisetty joined LSE in 2004 prior to which she was lecturing at University College London. She holds degrees from the National Law School of India and the University of Oxford where she completed the two-year BCL and DPhil (Exeter College). Dr Thambisetty was LSE’s Regional Champion for India during 2011-13 and is on the school’s South Asia Centre’s Faculty Advisory Board. She was a visiting fellow at Imperial College, London 2011-12. Dr Thambisetty was external examiner for the IP Diploma on Intellectual Property Rights, University of Oxford (2013-2017).

She is currently a member of the Research Staff Committee and Research Ethics Committee. She has contributed to the law faculty’s efforts towards the Athena Swan Equality Charter Mark.

In 2011-12 Dr Thambisetty won LSE’s first ever grant from the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council for a project on synthetic biology and intellectual property law. She is Principal Investigator on a EU Horizon 2020 grant to study the Implementation of the Nagoya Protocol (2014-2019) as part of the INMARE project on Marine Biodiversity.

She interrupted her career to take parental leave in 2009-2010 and 2014-2015.

Dr Thambisetty has blogged for SAC@LSE, SpicyIP and Open Democracy. Follow her @SivaThambisetty

Administrative support: Law.Reception@lse.ac.uk


External activities

  • Expert Report submitted to the Working Group on Emerging Biotechnologies, Nuffield Bioethics Council ‘Analytical Significance of Emergence in the Patent System’. February 2012
  • ‘Patent Enforcement in the UK: A Response to Lord Justice Jackson’s Review of Civil Litigation Costs’ Expert Opinion, Strategic Advisory Board on Intellectual Property Rights, UK July 30th 2009.
  • United Kingdom Intellectual Property Office commissioned impact study on the proposed European Patents Court conducted by the Centre for Evaluation Services. Academic expert. (July – October 2008)
  • Expert submission on the setting up of the Indian National Biotechnology Regulatory Authority: ‘The National Biotechnology Regulatory Authority’s Mandate Must Include Powers under S 3(b) of the Indian Patents Act’. See Guest Post ‘Grave Diggers, Immoral Patents and the NBRA’ Spicy IP June 16th 2008.
  • Advisory role on the Ethical Legal and Social Issues (ELSI) at the launch of the Eastern Mediterranean Genome Consortium. Paper titled ‘Genomics and Innovation: The Potential for Socio-Economic Change in Developing Countries’ February 2004
  • 6. Study report for the UK Government’s Commission for Intellectual Property Rights on ‘Human Genome Patents and Developing Countries’ January 2002 (www.iprcommission.org). (Report listed as one of five most important documents on Human Genome Studies by SciDev.net.)


1. EPSRC Discipline Hopping Grant ‘Synthetic Biology: Generativity and the Limits of Intellectual Property Law’ ((PI, 2011-12, £86,000).

2. EU Horizon 2020 INMARE Project ‘The Implementation of the Nagoya Protocol’ (PI, 2015-2019, 165,000 euros). Funding includes Band 7 post- doctoral research officer position and teaching buy out.

Research interests

My research focuses on the legal protection of technology, particularly emerging technologies, comparative patent law and institutional perspectives on the formation and application of global patent norms.

I have contributed reports to the UK Commission on Intellectual Property Rights (2002), Justice Jackson’s Review of Civil Litigation Costs (2009), and the Nuffield Bioethics Council (2013).