Emily Asgari

Thesis title: 'An Examination of Deepfakes’ Impact on Truth Through a Legal Comparative and Historical Study of Visual Media Manipulation'


Emily joined the University of Edinburgh School of Law as a PhD researched in January 2023, working on the law and deepfake technology. Her research interests include free speech, mis and disinformation, intellectual property, the law and technology, and artificial intelligence.

As a previously practising intellectual property attorney in California, Emily provided counselling on brand development and protection for clients in a variety of industries. This included guidance on the selection and clearance of trademarks; opposition and cancellation proceedings; trademark and copyright licensing; copyright registration and enforcement; unfair competition; and domain name disputes. 

Emily received her LLM from the London School of Economics in November, 2020. She specialised in Intellectual Property Law, and received the grade of Distinction on her dissertation titled, "Deepfakes and Dead Men Acting: Why the introduction of the right of publicity and sui generis deepfake legislation in the UK are overbroad solutions to the problem".

She received her JD, summa cum laude, from the University of California Irvine School of Law, where she was an advanced clinical student with the Intellectual Property, Arts, and Technology Clinic. As a member of the clinic's First Amendment Team, Emily assisted journalists, academics, podcast producers, artists, and filmmakers with a variety of intellectual property law issues.


LLM, Intellectual Property Law Specialism, The London School of Economics

JD, University of California Irvine School of Law

BA, International Business, Richmond the American International University in London

Current research interests

Current research interests include the spread of mis and disinformation, free speech, the law and technology, the law and artificial intelligence, and deepfakes.