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. 

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

21:30 To wrap up the evening, we will go for drinks in the college bar with musical entertainment provided by James Downs (violin) and Adam McDonagh (Piano)

Throughout the weekend, two art exhibitions are on show in College. 'Political Satire at Wolfson', in the Combination Room, features 21 prints by four of the most important satirists of the period – Isaac Cruikshank (1764 -1811), William Heath (1794-1840), Thomas Rowlandson (1756-1827), and Charles Williams (1796-1830). Three subjects dominate the satires: the Duke of York’s affair with Mrs Mary Anne Clarke; George IV’s efforts to divorce Caroline of Brunswick; and Napoleon’s ambitions in Europe. All of the satires are hand-coloured etchings and would have been sold by one of London’s many print publishers. The law features prominently in the prints which provide an overview of political satire produced in Britain during the first quarter of the nineteenth century. The satires are on loan from The Right Honourable Lord Collins of Mapesbury , Fellow of Wolfson since 1975, who was appointed a High Court Judge in 2000 and has also served as Lord Justice of Appeal, Lord of Appeal in Ordinary and, most recently, Justice of the Supreme Court.
This is complemented by 'Dance of Light', by Rehea Quien. In the paintings exhibited in the Dining Hall, stimulated by her immersion in nature, the artist has conjured up the underlying motion of organic growth. Rhea Quien captures energy and light in subtle shapes which emerge from the formless into form. The viewer is invited to contemplate the paintings and to form a personal interpretation. 

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 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.