Alumni Reunion 2018


The Wolfson Alumni Reunion is for all those who joined the College in academic years beginning October 1968, 1973, 1978, 1983, 1988, 1993, 1998, 2003, 2008 and 2013. Please register by using the booking form below.

The outline for the day is as follows:

14:00 – 15:30 ‘Intellectual Property Law in 2018: Protection, Freedom of Expression and Brexit’

15:30 – 17:00 Afternoon Tea and Music. We will also be joined by the speakers from the lecture, a great opportunity to continue earlier discussions.  

16:00 – 17:00 An opportunity to join Head Gardener, Phil Stigwood for his ever popular tour of the Gardens or alternatively Alumni Relations Officer, Lauren Maitland for a tour of Wolfson College. 

19:00 To round off the day, we will enjoy dinner together in the Dining Hall, with a pre-dinner champagne reception from 19:00 in the Combination Room and Gallery. 

Throughout the weekend, two art exhibitions are on show in College. In the 250th anniversary year of the Royal Academy, we are delighted to host The Wolfson Prize 2018, works from an outstanding graduate of the Royal Academy Schools on show in the Combination Room. This exhibition will open on the Alumni weekend and is part of a new three year collaboration with the RA. In the Dining Hall, Dance of Light: Living Matter in Rhythm is a series of 13 paintings by Rhea Quien, inspired by observing the processes of nature and capturing the underlying movement, energy and growth.  

This year, we are delighted to introduce an enlightening and topical talk that promises to culminate in a lively Q&A session, Intellectual Property Law in 2018: Protection, Freedom of Expression and Brexit. Intellectual property, trade marks and brands, and copyright works such as music, books and films all have enormous value to the UK economy.  The regulation of intellectual property, through privacy laws and data protection, can impact directly on us as individuals.  The pressing question, to which extent should the law enable the owners of intellectual property to protect their valuable assets? Or individuals their privacy as against concerns for freedom of expression in the public interest? This seminar aims to discuss the protection of intellectual property and related issues regarding freedom of expression.  Much of the law regulating intellectual property in the UK derives from the EU, meaning that our imminent exit from the EU raises important questions regarding the future of our intellectual property regime. The panel consists of:

Dr Ge Chen

Ge Chen is an assistant professor in Chinese law at Durham Law School. He is the author of “Copyright and International Negotiations: An Engine of Free Expression in China?,” a monograph published in 2017 by Cambridge University Press. He has advised the Chinese and European governments on a variety of legal projects within the framework of the Sino-EU-Dialogue on the State of Rule of Law. Chen has a PhD in law from the University of Göttingen. He worked as a postdoctoral research associate at the Centre for Research in the Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities (CRASSH), the Centre for Intellectual Property and Information Law (CIPIL), and the Wolfson College of the University of Cambridge. He was Visiting Academic of the Programme in Comparative Media Law and Policy (PCMLP) based at the Centre for Socio-Legal Studies (CSLS) of the University of Oxford. He was a senior legal expert and research associate at the Mercator Institute for China Studies (MERICS).

Dr Jennifer Davis

Dr Jennifer Davis is a member of the Centre for Intellectual Property and Information Law, University of Cambridge, and an Emeritus Fellow of Wolfson College, Cambridge. Jennifer has a particular interest in trade mark law, passing off and unfair competition. She has published widely on these topics. Jennifer is currently looking at the history of trade marks and brands. Jennifer also has a continuing interest in the role of the public interest in trade mark law, the subject of a number of articles, and in the interaction between intellectual property law and linguistics. Before joining the Faculty of Law, Jennifer practised  as a lawyer in the area of intellectual property litigation.

Mr Kiaron Whitehead

Kiaron Whitehead is General Counsel, Director & Company Secretary of music industry body BPI.  He is responsible for delivering complex, cutting-edge litigation & content protection strategies to fight music piracy – including the shut-down of the world's largest stream ripping site, removing illegal links from Google, precedent-setting website blocking litigation & the two most important judicial reviews on copyright in the last decade against & in support of the UK Government.  Kiaron was previously a manager & drummer of a rock band, then obtained a BA in Law from the University of Cambridge & founded the Wolfson College Law Society.


Please read and select your ticket options carefully using the form below. The event is free for the invited alumni, and all but the dinner is free for guests. Families, including children, are welcome to join you throughout the day however please do take note that the dinner is for those aged over 18 only.

We look forward to seeing you!


Please note, photographs will be taken throughout the event to be shared on our website, flickr and social media pages. If you would prefer at any time not to have your photo taken, please inform the photographer on the day.