Abreu Professorship in Law and Innovation

Thanks to the support of the Knowledge Institute of Abreu Advogados, Católica Global School of Law and Católica Lisbon School of Law established the Abreu Professorship in Law and Innovation.

This partnership allowed Católica to appoint Giuseppe Mazziotti, a renowned expert in the fields of intellectual property and information technology law, as a resident faculty member. Professor Mazziotti is also the Principal Investigator of the Horizon Europe project ‘Fair MusE’ (Promoting Fairness of the Music Ecosystem in a Platform-Dominated and Post-Pandemic Europe).

“We are delighted to welcome Giuseppe Mazziotti”, stated Miguel Poiares Maduro, Dean of Católica Global School of Law (CGSL), on the school’s most recent faculty member. “Aside from his intellectual excellence, Giuseppe brings with him a Horizon Europe grant to lead a research consortium of top European institutions that CGSL is now proud to host”.

In commenting on his decision, Professor Mazziotti shared that he chose to move to Católica “because of its excellence, intellectual rigour and engagement combined with a very friendly, forward-looking and genuinely international spirit”. Católica, he added, “is an exceptional community of scholars, educators and students whose mission is exploring transnational aspects of regulation, technology and cultural policies that are at the core of my research and teaching activities”.



Giuseppe Mazziotti is the Abreu Professor in Law & Innovation at Católica Global School of Law and Católica Lisbon School of Law. A renowned expert in the fields of intellectual property and information technology law, Giuseppe Mazziotti taught intellectual property law at Trinity College Dublin from October 2014 to December 2022. At Trinity he was elected Fellow (2020) on the grounds of distinction in research and scholarship and received a Master of Art (2021) for his long-term contribution to College life. At an earlier stage in his career, he was an Assistant Professor in intellectual property law at the University of Copenhagen (2009-2012) and an Associate Research Fellow at the Centre for European Policy Studies (CEPS) in Brussels (2012-2014). He practiced law with Nunziante Magrone in Rome as an Associate (2007-2009) and an Of Counsel (2012-2014).

Giuseppe gained an international reputation as a teacher working as a Visiting Professor at the Academy of European Law (ERA) in Trier, the College of Europe in Bruges, the University of Paris Nanterre, the University of Versailles, Roma Tre University and the University of Sassari. As a scholar he was awarded a Fulbright Schuman Innovation Grant that allowed him to spend a year at New York University as an Emile Nöel Global Fellow (2018/2019).  Further experiences include research stays as a Fellow at the Centre for Media Pluralism and Freedom at the European University Institute in Florence (2017), the Instituto de Tecnologia & Sociedade do Rio de Janeiro (2015) and the Berkman Klein Center for Internet and Society at Harvard Law School (2011/2012). He was a Visiting Scholar at Pompeu Fabra University (2017), ESADE Business School (2017), Columbia University (2010/20111) and the University of California at Berkeley (2004).  

Giuseppe’s research focuses mostly on the intersection of intellectual property law and new media. His publications and studies have critically examined fast-growing areas such as the EU digital copyright system as a whole and specific areas such as copyright exceptions and users’ rights, rights management solutions in the music and audiovisual industries, Digital Single Market policies and the issue of how to preserve creators’ rights in a technology-dominated economy. As a practitioner and consultant, he advised governments, public sector institutions, companies, and industry organizations in developing policy solutions and proposing new legislation.

Giuseppe earned a summa cum laude Bachelor’s in Law (2001) from the University of Perugia, a Master of Research (2003) and a PhD in Law (2007) from the European University Institute in Florence as well as a Master’s Degree in Clarinet Performance (1997) and Chamber Music (2003) from the Music Academy of Perugia.


With offices in Lisbon, Porto and Funchal, Abreu Advogados is one of the largest full-services law firms in Portugal. Its Knowledge Institute was founded in 2012, signaling the firm’s commitment to innovation and to knowledge sharing.


Luís Barreto Xavier

President of the Knowledge Institute

Innovation is at the core of the strategy of both Abreu Advogados and CGSL. Therefore, we are very proud  for taking this step, as part of the renewed close partnership with Católica. We look forward to working together with Professor Mazziotti, especially regarding the training of our lawyers.