Michael Blakeney

Winthrop Professor, BA LLB LLM Syd., MA NSW

  • The University of Western Australia (M253), 35 Stirling Highway,

    6009 Perth


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Personal profile


Michael Blakeney is Winthrop Professor of Law at the Faculty of Law, UWA. He has held academic positions at a number of Universities in Australia and the UK and formerly worked in the Asia Pacific Bureau of the World Intellectual Property Organization. He is an arbitrator with the International Court of Arbitration.

Roles and responsibilities

Staff Editor, University of Western Australia Law Review
Co-ordinator: Industrial and Intellectual Property Law

Future research

Regulating access to genetic resources.
Protecting traditional knowledge
Regulating Food

Previous positions

Lecturer (1975-1980), Senior Lecturer (1980-1984) Associate Professor (1984-1986) - University of New South Wales, School of Law.
Visiting Fellow, 1977-1978 - Corpus Christi College, Oxford University.
Commonwealth Fellow - University of Warwick, School of Law, 1986-1987.
Herchel Smith Senior Research Fellow in Intellectual Property, - Centre For Commercial Law Studies, Queen Mary College, University of London, 1987-1988
Visiting Lecturer in Technology Transfer Law, Centre for Commercial Law Studies, Queen Mary College, 1991-1994.
Dean and Professor of Law, Murdoch University, School of Law, 1995-1998.
Director, Asia Pacific Intellectual Property Law Institute, Murdoch University, 1997-1998.
Herchel Smith Professor of Intellectual Property Law, Queen Mary, University of London, from 1998.
• Director, Queen Mary Intellectual Property Research Institute, Centre for Commercial Law Studies, Queen Mary, University of London from 1998.
• Director, Centre for Commercial Law Studies, Queen Mary, University of London 2003-2005.
• Yong Shook Lin Visiting Professor, Faculty of Law, National University of Singapore, 2005.

Current projects

Protection of local agricultural knowledge in India and Indonesia
Food waste minimization

Industrial relevance

Professor Blakeney has advised the Asian Development Bank, Consulting Group for International Agricultural Research, European Commission (EC), European Patent Office, Food and Agricultural Organization, World Bank, World Intellectual Property Organization and a number of university and public research institutes on technology transfer and management of intellectual property.

Teaching overview

Intellectual Property
Food Law


International Intellectual Property Law
Biotechnological patenting
Intellectual property enforcement

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 2 - Zero Hunger
  • SDG 7 - Affordable and Clean Energy
  • SDG 8 - Decent Work and Economic Growth
  • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities
  • SDG 13 - Climate Action
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

Research expertise keywords

  • Intellectual Property
  • Agriculture/ Innovation
  • Traditional Knowledge
  • Traditional Cultural Expressions
  • Sustainability
  • Agriculture and intellectual property
  • Competition law
  • Food law
  • Indigenous peoples and the law
  • International intellectual property law
  • Legal history
  • Patent law
  • Trade marks law
  • Traditional cultural expressions
  • Traditional knowledge


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