School of Law

Professor Michael Blakeney, BA, LLB, LLM Sydney and MA NSW


Visiting Professor



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.


  • Intellectual Property
  • Food Law


  • International Intellectual Property Law
  • Biotechnological patenting
  • Intellectual property enforcement


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  • Legal Aspects of Technology Transfer to Developing Countries Oxford: ESC, 1989
  • Trade Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights. A Concise Guide to the TRIPs Agreement London: Sweet & Maxwell, 1996
  • International Encyclopaedia of Intellectual Property Treaties(Editor with A.Ilardi), Oxford: Oxford University Press 2004.
  • Intellectual Property Rights and Food Security. CAB International. 2009, ISBN 978-1-84593-560-3
  • Extending the Protection of Geographical Indications.Case Studies in the Protection of Agricultural Products in Africa, (Editor with Thierry Coulet, Getachew Mengistie and Marcelin Tonye Mahop), London, Earthscan (Routledge), 2012,  361pp. ISBN: 978-0-415-50102-6
  • Intellectual Property Enforcement. A Commentary on the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA), Cheltenham UK, Edward Elgar, 2012,394 pp. ISBN 978 1 84980 003 7.
  • The Protection of Geographical Indications. Law and PracticeCheltenham UK, Edward Elgar 2014, 473pp. ISBN 978 1 78254 671 9.
  • Geographical Indications, vols 1-3,  Cheltenham UK, Edward Elgar 2015, 473pp.ISBN 978 1 78254 775 4

Book chapters

  • ‘ACTA and cross-border enforcement of intellectual property’ in P. Torremans, ed, Research handbook on cross-border enforcement of IP Cheltenham, Edward Elgar, 2014,731-769 ISBN9781781955796, 
  • ‘Introduction’ in M. Blakeney, ed., Geographical Indications, vol.1, Cheltenham, Edward Elgar, 2015, xiii-lii. ISBN 978 1 78254 775 4
  • ‘The negotiations in WIPO for international conventions on traditional knowledge and traditional cultural expressions’ in Jessica C Lai and  Antionette  Maget Dominicé, Intellectual Property and Access to Im/material Goods,Cheltenham, Edward Elgar, 2016, 227-256, ISBN 978-90-411-661-5,
  • ‘DNA Patenting’ in  Harikesh B. Singh, Alok Jha and Chetan Keswani, eds.,  Intellectual Property Issues in Biotechnology, Wallingford, Oxon, CAB International, Inc, 2016, 128-137, ISBN 13: 978 1 78064 653 4.
  • ‘Organic Versus GM Agriculture in the Courtroom in Australia and the USA’ in Nicholas Kalaitzandonakes, Peter W.B. Phillips, Justus Wesseler and Stuart J. Smyth, Eds, The Coexistence of Genetically Modified, Organic and Conventional Foods Government Policies and Market Practices, New York, Springer, 2016, 13-136, ISBN 978-1-4939-3727-1.
  • ‘Regulation of Food Labelling in Australia and New Zealand,’ in Gabriela Steier & Kiran K. Patel eds  International Food Law and Policy, Springer International, 2016, ISBN 978-3-319-07541-9.
  • “Intellectual Property and Food Labelling: Trademarks and Geographical Indications’ in Gabriela Steier & Kiran K. Patel edsInternational Food Law and Policy, Springer International, 2016, ISBN 978-3-319-07541-9.
  • ‘Agricultural Innovation: Patenting and Plant Variety Rights Protection’ in Gabriela Steier & Kiran K. Patel eds, International Food Law and Policy, Springer International, 2016, ISBN 978-3-319-07541-9.
  • Food Intellectual Property’, Reference Module in Food Sciences Elsevier, pp. 1–10, Oxford, Elsevier Inc., 2016.


  • ‘Application of genomics-assisted breeding for generation of climate resilient crops: Progress and prospects’ (with Chittaranjan Kole, et al) (2015) 6 Frontiers in Plant Science, 1-35.  ISSN 1664-462X
  • ‘Protecting the Knowledge and Cultural Expressions of Aboriginal Peoples’, (2015) 39 University of Western Australia Law Review180-207, ISSN 0042-0328
  • ‘Geographical Indications in Africa. Opportunities, Experiences and Challenges’ (with Getachew Mengistie, (2016) 38(5)European Intellectual Property Review290-306. ISSN: 0142–0461.
  • ‘Minimisation of Food Waste and Labelling Regulation’ (2016) 22(4) International Trade Law & Regulation, 124-129, 91-100,ISSN:  1357-3136.
  • ‘Restitution of Art Looted During the Nazi Era, 1933-1945: Implications for Australia’, (2016) 41(1) UWA Law Review252-273m ISSN 0042-0328
  • ‘Organic versus GM Agriculture in the Courtroom in Australia and the United States’ (2016) 19(2) AgBioForum, 1-14.
  • ‘‘Linux For Lettuce’: Open Source Biotechnology and Agricultural Innovation’, (2017) 41(2) The University of Western Australia Law Review139-150 ISSN 0042-0328.
  • ‘Geographical Indications and Environmental Protection’ (2017) 12(2) Frontiers of Law in China162-173, ISSN: 1673-3428
  • ‘The Patentability of Medical Treatments’ (2017) 15(6) Bio-Science Law Review 215-223 ISSN 1365-8867.
  • ‘Geographical Indications and the Scramble for Africa’ (with G. Megistie) (2017) 25(2) African Journal of International and Comparative Law 176–197 ISSN: 0954-8890

Book review

  • Bioproperty, Biomedicine and Deliberative Governance: Patents as Discourse on Life, by Katerina Sideri,  (2015) 37(9)  European Intellectual Property Review614-15.
  • Biotechnological Inventions and the Patentability of Life:The US and the European Experience, by Andrea Stazi,  (2015) 37(11)  European Intellectual Property Review 751-752.
  • Test Tubes for Global Intellectual Property Issues: Small Market Economies, by Suzy Frankel,(2016) 38(5) European Intellectual Property Review319-320. ISSN: 0142–0461.
  • Intellectual Property and Genetically Modified Organisms: A Convergence in Laws, by Charles Lawson (2016) 38(6) European Intellectual Property Review383-384. ISSN: 0142–0461.
  • Indigenous Intellectual Property: A Handbook of Contemporary Research, Matthew Rimmer, ed. (2016) 38(7) European Intellectual Property Review462-464. ISSN: 0142–0461.
  • Research Handbook on Intellectual Property and Geographical Indications, Dev S. Gangjee (ed.), (2016) 38(9) European Intellectual Property Review589-90. ISSN: 0142–0461.
  • Advanced Introduction to International Intellectual Property, by Susy Frankel and Daniel J. Gervais (2016) 38(11) European Intellectual Property ReviewISSN: 0142–0461.
  • Governing Digitally Integrated Genetic Resources, Data, and Literature: Global Intellectual Property Strategies for a Redesigned Microbial Research Commons by Jerome H. Reichman, Paul F. Uhlir and Tom Dedeurwaedere, (2016) 38(12) European Intellectual Property Review776-777. ISSN: 0142–0461
  • Innovation and Venture Capital Law and Policyby Stephan Barkoczy, Tamara Wilkinson, Ann L. Monotti and Mark Davison, (2017) International Company and Commercial Law Review ISSN: 0958-5214.
  • Patents for Chemicals, Pharmaceuticals and Biotechnology: Fundamentals of Global Law, Practice and Strategy, 6thed, by Philip W. Grubb, Peter R. Thomsen, Gordon Wright and Thomas Hoxie, (2017) 39(6) European Intellectual Property Review 389-90. ISSN: 0142–0461



Public Engagement

  • ‘Bio-Innovation and International Trade’ 17thAnnual Conference of the International Consortium on Applied Biotechnology Research, Innovation and Policy for  the Bioeconomy, Ravello, 18-21 June, 2013.
  • ‘Commodifying the Knowledge of Traditional and Indigenous Peoples’, Conference on Access to Material and Immaterial Goods: The Relationship Between Intellectual Property and its Physical EmbodimentsUniversity of Lucerne, Switzerland, 23-24 January 2015.
  • ‘Blowing in the Wind: Adjudicating the impact of GM crops on organic farming in the courtroom’, 19thAnnual Conference of the International Consortium on Applied Biotechnology Research, Impacts of  the Bioeconomy on Agricultural Sustainability, the Environment and Human Health, Ravello, 16-19 June, 2015.
  • 'International Intellectual Property Law’, Faculty of Law, Universitas Padjadjaran, Bandung, 12 October 2015.
  • 'Protecting Traditional Cultural Expressions’, Seminar on Cultural Heritage, Intellectual Property Rights and Community Rights, Faculty of Law, Universitas Indonesia, Jakarta, 27 October 2015.
  • ‘Patents on Medicine and the Interests of Developing Countries' Faculty of Law, Universitas Indonesia, Jakarta, 28 October 2015.
  • ‘Open Source Biotechnology’, Information EnvironmentalismConference, Faculty of Law, University of Western Australia, Fremantle, 5 February 2016.
  • Marketing of Agricultural Products through Geographical Indications (GIs), Center for Coordination and Innovation of Food Safety Governance,Renmin University of China, Beijing, 9 November 2016.
  • ‘Protecting Geographical Indications as a Warranty of Food Quality’, Conference on Food Trade and Safety and Quarantine Issues in the Era of FTAs, Korea National University, Seoul, 10-12 November 2016.
  • ‘Patentability of Medical Treatments’. Royal Society of Medicine, London, 7 June 2017.