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Michael Blakeney

Winthrop Professor, BA LLB LLM Syd., MA NSW

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

    6009 Perth


  • 259 Citations
  • 8 h-Index
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Personal profile


Michael Blakeney is Winthrop Professor of Law at the Faculty of Law, UWA and Visiting Professor of Intellectual Property Law at Queen Mary University of London. 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


  • 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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Research Output 2004 2019

Contemporary art and patents

Blakeney, M., Jul 2019, In : Queen Mary Journal of Intellectual Property. 9, 3, p. 244-261 18 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Fine Art and Patents

Blakeney, M., 2019, In : European Intellectual Property Review. 41, 7, p. 425-432 7 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Food Loss and Waste: Causes and Solutions

Blakeney, M., 2019, UK: Edward Elgar Publishing. 224 p.

Research output: Book/ReportBook

Local Agricultural Knowledge and Climate Change

Blakeney, M., 4 Sep 2019, Environmental Resilience and Food Law: Agrobiodiversity and Agroecology. Steier, G. & Cianci, G. (eds.). London: CRC Press, p. 3-29 26 p. (Advances in Agroecology).

Research output: Chapter in Book/Conference paperChapter

Projects 2009 2019

The International Law Library on WorldLII - New Content & Facilities for the Leading Repository & Citator for International Law

Techera, E., Blakeney, M., Cullen, H., Mowbray, A., Greenleaf, G., Byrnes, A., Rothwell, D., Brown, C., Cassimatis, A. & Svantesson, D.

Australian Research Council


Project: Research

The Australasian Legal Scholarship Library - New Content & Facilities for a World Leading Scholarship

Blakeney, M., Greenleaf, G., Mowbray, A., Chung, P., Kenyon, A., Fitzgerald, B., Twomey, A., Cane, P., Svantesson, D., Freiberg, A., McDonald, L., Rolph, D., Wells, A., Byrnes, A., Grantham, R., Stuhmcke, A. & Chan, J.

Australian Research Council


Project: Research

Activities 2017 2017

  • 1 Editorial activity

University of Western Australia Law Review (Journal)

Michael Blakeney (Editor), Wygene Chong (Editor)
Oct 2017Jan 2018

Activity: Editorial work or peer review of publicationsEditorial activity