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Professor Sam Ricketson, AM, BA, LLB (Melb), LLM and LLD (London, Queen Mary ), FASSA, FAAL, formerly member of the Victorian Bar


Visiting Research Fellow



Sam Ricketson is a Visiting Research Fellow at Queen Mary University of London and an Emeritus Professor in the Law School at the University of Melbourne who has written widely and taught in all areas of intellectual property (IP) law.

Prior to his retirement in April 2019, he was a professor in the Melbourne Law School, teaching mainly in the Masters programme. He also practised part-time at the Victorian Bar until mid-2015, principally in IP.

Sam Ricketson holds degrees from the Universities of Melbourne and London, and is a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences of Australia and of the Australian Academy of Law. Prior to his appointment to the University of Melbourne in November 2000, Sam was the Sir Keith Aickin Professor of Commercial (formerly Corporate) Law at Monash University. Before this, he had held positions at the University of Melbourne (1977 to 1991) and  was a Herchel Smith Senior Research Fellow in the Centre for Commercial Law Studies, Queen Mary & Westfield College, London (1984-1986).



Sam’s principal publications include: International Copyright and Neighbouring Rights: The Berne Convention and Beyond, Oxford University Press, 3rd ed 2022 (co-author Jane Ginsburg); The Paris Convention for the Protection of Industrial Property, Oxford University Press, 2015; The Law of Intellectual Property: Copyright, Designs & Confidential Information, Thomson Lawbook Co 1999- (with Chris Creswell); and Intellectual Property: Cases, Materials and Commentary, LexisNexis, 7th ed 2024 (co-authors Megan Richardson, Vicki Huang and Andrew Christie). He is also the author of many book chapters, journal articles and commissioned reports, mainly dealing with IP topics, and has edited several books of essays, the most recent of which is a Research Handbook on the World Intellectual Property Organization: The First 50 Years and Beyond, Edward Elgar, 2020.

Public Engagement

Work as an expert with WIPO on art resale royalty rights (2019 to present).

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