Nick was born and raised in Northern Ireland and graduated from Queen's University, Belfast in 2005 with an LLB in Law and Politics before coming to UEA in 2005/06 to study an LLM in International Commercial and Business Law.  Having grown up in the Napster era, he became especially interested in copyright issues which led him to return to UEA to undertake a PhD in the area of digital copyright law.  He joined the Law School as a full time lecturer in August 2011.

Nick completed his doctoral thesis in 2012 entitled, 'Digital Copyright Law: exploring the changing interface between copyright and regulation in the digital environment'.  His interests include digital copyright law, technology and Internet regulation generally, and with specific regard to the music industry.  He has also presented his research extensively at BILETA, SLSA, MeCSSA and ORGCon conferences as well as having published articles in the field.

Nick is also a self-confessed Star Wars fan and every year he also puts himself through the inevitable rollercoaster ride of supporting Tottenham Hotspur.  Outside of this, he enjoys playing the drums and if he wasn't an academic, he would like to be a rock star.


All Publications

Scharf, N.


Creative Commons-ense?: An analysis of tensions between copyright law and Creative Commons,

in Journal of Intellectual Property Law & Practice



pp. 376-383

Full Text UEA Repository



Teaching Interests

Nick is the course director for the Information Technology (IT) and Intellectual Property (IP) LLM programme at the UEA Law School.  He is also the module organiser for both the undergraduate and postgraduate IP Law modules.  Nick's additional teaching experience includes a range of undergraduate core modules, including EU Law, Criminal Law and English Legal Process.  In his role as PGT Tutor, Nick helps to oversee the welfare of the postgraduate cohort.