Academic Profile : Faculty

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Assoc Prof Althaf Marsoof
Associate Professor, College of Business (Nanyang Business School) - Division of Business Law
Deputy Head, Division of Business Law, College of Business (NBS)
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Althaf Marsoof is an Associate Professor at the Division of Business Law of Nanyang Business School, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore. He currently serves as the Deputy Head of the Business Law Division and as a Fellow of NTU’s Renaissance Engineering Programme. Althaf holds a BSc in information technology from Curtin University, an LLM from the University of Cambridge and an MPhil from the University of Queensland. Prior to joining NTU in 2017, he was awarded a PhD from the Dickson Poon School of Law, King’s College London. His doctoral thesis focused on the liability of internet intermediaries for trademark infringements. This research, which was fully funded by the Dickson Poon PhD Scholarship, was the basis for his book titled ‘Internet Intermediaries and Trade Mark Rights’, published by Routledge in 2019. His book was subsequently cited in the Opinion of the Advocate General of the European Court of Justice in Joined Cases C‑148/21 and C‑184/21, Christian Louboutin v Amazon Europe Core Sàrl and others, ECLI:EU:C:2022:422 (Opinion of AG Szpunar).

Althaf has won several awards at NTU. In 2018, he was awarded the John Cheung Endowment Social Media Award in recognition of his use of social media platforms to enhance teaching. In 2020, he received the NBS Research Award for the Division of Business Law. In 2021, he received the REP Teacher of the Year Award.

Althaf specializes in intellectual property law (with a focus on trademarks, copyright and third-world perspectives) and technology law. He has published his research in reputable law journals, including the International Journal of Law & Information Technology, International Review of Intellectual Property & Competition Law, Intellectual Property Quarterly, and the European Intellectual Property Review.

Althaf is qualified to practise law in Sri Lanka. Before transitioning into academia, he served the Government of Sri Lanka as a State Counsel attached to the Attorney General’s Department.

Intellectual Property Law; Law and Technology; Public Law and Human Rights

  • Shareholders’ actions and litigation in response to the climate emergency and the human right to a healthy environment in the Asia-Pacific
2021 - REP Teacher of the Year Award, Renaissance Engineering Programme, NTU

2020 - NBS Research Excellence Award (Division Business Law), NTU

2018 - John Cheung Endowment Social Media Award for the use of social media platforms to enhance teaching, NTU
Fellowships & Other Recognition
Fellow, NTU Renaissance Engineering Programme (2018 - present)

Fellow, UK Higher Education Academy (2017 - present)
Courses Taught
AB1301 Business Law (NBS Undergraduate Programme)

RE6012 Law of Obligations and Intellectual Property (REP Postgraduate Programme)
Supervision of PhD Students
Wathsala Samaranayake, Rethinking the Law Governing Well-Known Marks in Sri Lanka in the Context of Modern Market Phenomena: A Comparative Analysis (Co-supervisor appointed by the Faculty of Law, University of Colombo)