Dr Jay Sanderson

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Dr Jay Sanderson

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Teaching areas

  • Tort Law
  • Intellectual Property Law
  • Honours and Legal Research

Research areas

  • law and agri-food
  • intellectual property, particularly trade marks, plant variety rights and patents
  • genetically engineered animals
  • the interactions between law, science, politics, and other human and material factors (e.g. Assemblage theory)

Profile

Dr Jay Sanderson joined the USC Law School in January 2015. He has been a Research Fellow with the Australian Centre for Intellectual Property in Agriculture (ACIPA) since 2006. Previously Dr Sanderson worked as a Lecturer of Law in the Griffith Law School (2011–2014) where he taught intellectual property, tort law and legal research.

Dr Sanderson has an international reputation in the areas of intellectual property law and agri-food. He has published with national and international publishers on food security, health, plant variety rights, genetically engineered animals and legal research.

He is currently a Chief Investigator on the project Accelerating Precision: Agriculture to Decision Agriculture. The project is a partnership between all 15 of Australia’s rural research and development corporations (RDCs), led by CRDC, and includes other research partners such as Data 2 Decisions CRC, CSIRO, UNE and Griffith University. The collaborative project will design a solution for the use of big data in agriculture – increasing the profitability of producers, providing clarity about data ownership and access rights, and improving farming strategies.

As a Research Fellow with ACIPA, Dr Sanderson has been a chief investigator on a number of research projects including an ARC Discovery project (2012-2014) which examined Australia’s Food and Fibre Futures: Intellectual Property and Access to Plant Genetic Resources, and an ACIAR project (2012-2013) titled 'Using Intellectual Property to Enhance Agricultural Research for Developing Countries'.

Selected publications

  • Plants, People and Practices: The Nature and History of the UPOV Convention (Cambridge University Press, to be published in 2017);

  • ‘Health Conscious and Confused: Why ‘Healthy’ Trade Marks Matter’ (2016) 39(2) University of New South Wales Law Journal 658; and

  • ‘Who Killed the EnviroPig? Assemblages, Genetically Engineered Animals and Patents’ (2015) 24(2) Griffith Law Review 1-22.

Professional memberships

  • Member of the Australian Centre for Intellectual Property in Agriculture (ACIPA)
  • Adjunct Research Fellow, Law Futures Centre (Griffith Law School, Griffith University)
  • Member of CGIAR's Intellectual Property Advisory team

Potential research projects for HDR and Honours students

  • law and food
  • law and agriculture
  • intellectual property, particularly trade marks, plant variety rights and patents
  • law and genetically engineered animals
  • traditional knowledge and cultural heritage
  • the interactions between law, science, politics, and other human and material factors

Research grants

  • Accelerating Precision:  Agriculture to Decision Agriculture (2016-2017), Department of Agriculture and Water Resources' Rural Research and Development (R&D) for Profit Programme (A$1.3 million total), USC named with 15 other research partners.
  • Australia’s Food and Fibre Futures: Intellectual Property and Access to Plant Genetic Resources, ARC Discovery (2012-2014) A$285,000 (with Brad Sherman, Charles Lawson and Leanne Wiseman).
  • Using Intellectual Property to Enhance Agricultural Research for Developing Countries, ACIAR (2012-2013) A$150,000 (with Brad Sherman, Charles Lawson and Leanne Wiseman).
  • The Potential Impact of Patents on Australian Horticulture Industries (with B. Sherman, C. Lawson and S. Hubicki) Horticulture Australia Limited (2007-2010) A$236,725.
  • Current Issues in Intellectual Property for the Australian Rural Sector (with B. Sherman, L. Wiseman, S. Hubicki and R. Burrell)  Rural Industries Research and Development Corporation (2007-2008) A$75,000.
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