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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


  • 279 Citations
  • 9 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

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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Research Output

Agricultural Innovation and the Protection of Traditional Rice Varieties: Kerala a Case Study

Blakeney, M., Krishnankutty, J., Raju, R. K. & Siddique, K. H. M., 8 Jan 2020, In : Frontiers in Sustainable Food Systems. 3, 116.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
  • 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 Food Waste: Causes and Solutions

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

    Research output: Book/ReportBook

    3 Citations (Scopus)

    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


    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


    • 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