Krzysztof Garstka is an Information Governance Research Associate, working with Dr David Erdos at the Centre for Intellectual Property and Information Law, located at the Faculty of Law, University of Cambridge.
Krzysztof’s research interests lie primarily in the field of information technology law, with particular interest in online content regulation. In 2016, he successfully defended his PhD thesis at the University of Nottingham, entitled S(h)ifting the Cyberspace – Searching for effectiveness and human rights balance in the realm of online enforcement schemes aimed at digital content infringing copyright, trademarks, privacy or reputation. This doctoral project was focused on finding the most adequate set of pan-European legal tools aimed at the removal of access to online content infringing copyright, trademarks, privacy or reputation. In this work, Krzysztof analysed the vast landscape of online enforcement strategies, with particular attention given to their actual effectiveness and the interplay between the human rights involved. On this basis, he put forward a set of proposals aimed at the reform of the corresponding EU laws, most notably those regulating the role of intermediaries in the online enforcement struggle.
Krzysztof’s work was published in leading journals such as International Review of Intellectual Property and Competition Law, and European Journal of Law and Technology. He is also a regular speaker on IP and IT law conferences and workshops in the UK, Poland and Belgium.
During the summer of 2016, he worked at the University of East Anglia as a Senior Researcher on a CREATe-funded project focused on the cultural diversity impact of automated copyright enforcement mechanisms. He is also a UK contributor to the World Intermediary Liability Map project, conducted by Stanford University, and worked as a research assistant with Professor Patricia Akester, working on the update of the infringement chapter in J.A.L. Sterling’s World Copyright Law (Sweet & Maxwell, 4th ed). He was also an editor for IT law of the SCRIPTed law journal.