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Centre for Commercial Law Studies

Professor Peter Drahos, LLB, BA (Adelaide), GDLP (SAIT), LLM (Sydney), PhD (ANU)



Telephone: +44 (0)20 7882 8062
Room Number: Lincoln's Inn Fields


Peter Drahos rejoined the Centre for Commercial Law Studies (CCLS) in 2006. His former positions include Herchel Smith Senior Research Fellow in Intellectual Property at CCLS and officer of the Australian Commonwealth Attorney-General's Department. He holds degrees in law, politics and philosophy and is admitted as a barrister and solicitor. He has published widely in law and social science journals on a variety of topics including contract, legal philosophy, telecommunications, intellectual property, trade negotiations and international business regulation. He has worked as a consultant on international intellectual property issues for a number of organizations, including the European Commission, the UK Commission on Intellectual Property Rights, the Commonwealth Secretariat, Oxfam and the ASEAN Secretariat. He is also Director of the Centre for the Governance of Knowledge and Development at the Australian National University.


Research Interests:

Peter's current research interests include regulation, legal philosophy, globalization, intellectual property, trade and development.


Publications Since 2001

  • Helen L Walls, Richard D Smith, Peter Drahos, ‘Improving the regulatory capacity of developing countries to manage risks associated with trade agreements’ Globalization and Health 2015, 11:14
  • Fitrian Ardiansyah, Neil Gunningham and Peter Drahos, ‘Climate Change and Energy Security Post-Cancún: The Indonesia Perspective’, in Nur Azha Putra and Eulalia Han (eds.), Governments’ Responses to Climate Change: Selected Examples From Asia Pacific, Singapore, Springer, 2014, 55-80
  • Van Caenegem, William; Cleary, Jen A.; and Drahos, Peter (2014) ‘Pride and Profit: Geographical Indications as Regional Development Tools in Australia,’ Journal of Economic and Social Policy: Vol. 16: Iss. 1, Article 5
  • Peter Drahos, ‘Indigenous Developmental Networks and the Non-Developmental State: Making Intellectual Property Work for Indigenous People Without Patents’ in Ruth L. Okediji and Margo A. Bagley (eds), Patent Law in Global Perspective, Oxford University Press, New York, 2014, 287-320
  • Peter Drahos, ‘Regulatory Capitalism, Globalization and the End of History’, Intellectual Property Law and Policy Journal, (Japan), 2014, 1, 1-23
  • ‘Emerging Markets and the World Patent Order: the forces of change’ (with F. Abbott and C. Correa) in Frederick M. Abbott, Carlos M. Correa & Peter Drahos (eds.), Emerging Markets and the World Patent Order, Edward Elgar, 2013
  • ‘Rethinking the Role of the Patent Office From the Perspective of Responsive Regulation’ in Frederick M. Abbott, Carlos M. Correa & Peter Drahos (eds.), Emerging Markets and the World Patent Order, Edward Elgar, 2013
  • The Global Government of Knowledge: Patent Offices and their Clients, Cambridge University Press (2010)
  • A Defence of the Intellectual Commons (2006) 16(3) Consumer Policy Review 2-5, ISSN: 0961-1134
  • Cities of Planning and Cities of Non-Planning: A Geography of Intellectual Property [2006] World-Information.Org 15/07/06
  • Death of Patents (Editor), Witney: Lawtext Publishing, 2005, 256, ISBN: 0953940322
  • Death of a Patent System, in P. Drahos (Editor), Death of Patents, Witney: Lawtext Publishing, 2005, 1-10, ISBN: 0953940322
  • The Regulation of Public Goods, in K.E. Maskus and J.H. Reichman (Editors), International Public Goods and Transfer of Technology Under a Globalized Intellectual Property Regime, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2005, 46-64 ISBN: 0521603021
  • Intellectual Property Rights in the Knowledge Economy, in D. Rooney, G. Hearn and A. Ninan (Editors), Handbook on the Knowledge Economy, Cheltenham: Edward Elgar, 2005, ISBN: 1843767953
  • An Alternative Framework for the Global Regulation of Intellectual Property Rights [2005] 21(4) Journal für Entwicklungspolitik 44-68, ISSN: 0258-2384
  • Nodal Governance (Co-author with S. Burris and C. Shearing) [2005] 30 Australian Journal of Legal Philosophy 30-58, ISSN: 1440-4982
  • Access to Knowledge: Time for a Treaty? [2005] 9(4) BRIDGES 15-17, ISSN: 1563-003X
  • Pandemics, antiviral stockpiles and biosecurity in Australia: what about the generic option? (Co-author with B. Lokuge and W. Neville) [2005] 184(1) The Medical Journal of Australia 16-20, ISSN: 0025-729X
  • Assessing the impact of the Australia-United States Free Trade Agreement on Australian and global medicines policy (Co-author with T. Faunce, E. Doran, D. Henry, B. Pekarsky, W. Neville and A. Searles) [2005] 1(15) Globalization and Health 1-10, ISSN: 1744-8603
  • Don't wait for Tamiflu - Make Our Own (Co-author with Buddhima Lokuge) [2005] The Australian Financial Review 15/11/05
  • Assuring supply of flu drugs must be a priority (Co-author with Buddhima Lokuge) [2005] Sydney Morning Herald 17/10/05
  • Regulating Property: Problems of Efficiency and Regulatory Capture, in C. Parker, C. Scott, N. Lacey and J. Braithwaite (Editors), Regulating Law, Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2004, 168-186, ISBN: 0199264074
  • Intellectual Property Engineering: The Role of the Chemical, Pharmaceutical and Biotechnology Industries, in B. Ong (Editor), Intellectual Property and Biological Resources, Singapore: Marshall Cavendish Academic, 2004, 258-283, ISBN: 9812103716
  • Towards an International Framework for the Protection of Traditional Group Knowledge and Practice, in Twarog and Turner (Editors), Elements of National Sui Generis Systems for the Preservation, Protection and Promotion of Traditional Knowledge, Innovations and Practices and Options for an International Framework, New York: UNCTAD, 2004
  • The Free Trade Agreement between Australia and the United States (Co-author with D. Henry) [2004] 328 (7451) British Medical Journal 1271-1272, ISSN: 0959-535X
  • Pharmaceuticals, Intellectual Property and Free Trade: The Case of the US-Australia Free Trade Agreement (Co-author with B. Lokuge, T. Faunce, M. Goddard and D. Henry [2004] 22(3) Prometheus 243-257, ISSN: 0810-9028
  • Intellectual Property and Pharmaceutical Markets: A Nodal Governance Approach [2004] 77(2) Temple Law Review 401-424, ISSN: 0899-8086
  • Trading in Public Hope [2004] 592 The Annals of the American Academy of Political and Social Science 18-38, ISSN: 0002-7162
  • Innovation, Competition, Standards and Intellectual Property: Policy Perspectives from Economics and Law (Co-author with I. Maher) [2004] 16(1) Information Economics and Policy 1-11, ISSN: 0167-6245
  • The Regulation of Public Goods [2004] 7(2) Journal of International Economic Law 321-339, ISSN: 1369-3034
  • Une hégémonie de la connaissance: les enjeux des débats sur la propriété intellectuelle (Co-author with J. Braithwaite) [2004] 151-152 Actes de la recherche en sciences socials 69-79, ISSN: 0335-5322
  • Will the Australia-United States Free Trade Agreement undermine the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme? (Co-author with K. Harvey, T.A. Faunce and B. Lokuge) [2004] 181(5) The Medical Journal of Australia 256-259, ISSN: 0025-729X
  • Securing the Future of Intellectual Property: Intellectual Property Owners and Their Nodally Co-ordinated Enforcement Pyramid [2004] 36 Case Western Reserve Journal of International Law 53-77, ISSN: 0008-7254
  • Access to Medicines: After Doha, in R. Grynberg and E. Turner (Editors), Multilateral and Regional Trade Issues For Developing Countries, London: Commonwealth Secretariat, 2003, 37-47, ISBN: 0850927625
  • Hegemony Based on Knowledge: The Role of Intellectual Property (Co-author with J. Braithwaite), in J. Chen and G. Walker (Editors), Balancing Act: Law, Policy and Politics in Globalisation and Global Trade, Annandale: Federation Press, 2003, 204-223, ISBN: 1862875391
  • When the Weak Bargain with the Strong: Negotiations in the World Trade Organization [2003] 8(1) International Negotiation 79-109, ISSN: 1382-340X
  • Capitalism, efficiency and self-ownership: a comment on Davies and Naffine's Are Person's Property? [2003] 28 Australian Journal of Legal Philosophy 215-220, ISSN: 1440-4982
  • Hegemony Based on Knowledge: The Role of Intellectual Property (Co-author with J. Braithwaite) [2003] 21 Law in Context 204-223, ISSN: 0811-5796
  • Access to Medicines: After Doha [2003] 20 Commonwealth Trade Hot Topics
  • PBS in the Shadow of USFTA Dispute Mechanism (Co-author with T.A. Faunce) [2003] Canberra Times 15/04/03
  • FTA Text does Not Allay PBS Fears (Co-author with T.A. Faunce) [2003] Canberra Times 06/03/03
  • The Injustice of Intellectual Property [2003] World-Information.Org 11/12/03
  • Creative Pursuits [2003] 96 Consuming Interest 26-27
  • Three Tests of US trade policy on intellectual property rights (Co-author with J. Braithwaite) [2003] NTH Position
  • Information Feudalism: Who Owns the Knowledge Economy? (Co-author with J. Braithwaite), London: Earthscan, 2002, 253, ISBN: 1853839175
  • Global Intellectual Property Rights: Knowledge Access and Development (Co-editor with R. Mayne), Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2002, 281, ISBN: 0333990277
  • Introduction, in P.Drahos and R. Mayne (Editors), Global Intellectual Property Rights: Knowledge Access and Development, Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2002, 1-9, ISBN: 0333990277
  • Negotiating Intellectual Property Rights: Between Coercion and Dialogue, in P.Drahos and R. Mayne (Editors), Global Intellectual Property Rights: Knowledge Access and Development, Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2002, 161-182, ISBN: 0333990277
  • Developing Countries and Intellectual Property Standard Setting, London: Commission on Intellectual Property Rights, 2002
  • Developing Countries and International Intellectual Property Standard-Setting [2002] 5 Journal of World Intellectual Property 765-789, ISSN: 1422-2213
  • Intellectual Property, Corporate Strategy, Globalisation: TRIPS in Context (Co-author with J. Braithwaite) [2002] 20 Wisconsin International Law Journal 451-480, ISSN: 0743-7951
  • Zero Tolerance, Naming and Shaming: Is There a Case for it with Crimes of the Powerful? (Co-author with J. Braithwaite) [2002] 35(3) Australian and New Zealand Journal of Criminology 269-288, ISSN: 0004-8658
  • IP in Biodiversity and Agriculture: Regulating the Biosphere, (Co-editor with M. Blakeney), London: Sweet & Maxwell, 2001, 160, ISBN: 0421766301
  • The TRIPS Review and the CBD: A Dress Rehearsal?, in P. Drahos and M. Blakeney (Editors), IP in Biodiversity and Agriculture: Regulating the Biosphere, London: Sweet & Maxwell, 2001, 53-67, ISBN: 0421766301
  • The Rights to Food, Health and Intellectual Property in the Era of 'Biogopolies', in S. Bottomley and D. Kinley (Editors), Commercial Law and Human Rights, Aldershot: Ashgate Publishing, 2001, 215-233, ISBN: 0754621367
  • Bilateralism in Intellectual Property, London: Oxfam UK, 2001
  • Trade-Offs and Trade Linkages: TRIPs in a Negotiating Context, Geneva: Quaker United Nations Office, 2001
  • The Globalisation of Regulation (Co-author with J. Braithwaite) [2001] 9(1) The Journal of Political Philosophy 103-128, ISSN: 0963-8016
  • BITS and BIPS: Bilateralism in Intellectual Property [2001] 4(6) Journal of World Intellectual Property 791-808, ISSN: 1422-2213

Other Selected Publications

  • Global Business Regulation (Co-author with J. Braithwaite), Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2000, 704, ISBN: 0521784999
  • Intellectual Property (Editor), Aldershot: Ashgate Dartmouth, 1999, 547, ISBN: 1840147407
  • A Philosophy of Intellectual Property, Aldershot: Dartmouth, 1996, 257, ISBN: 1855212404

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