Associate Professor Jay Sanderson

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Associate Professor Jay Sanderson


Teaching areas

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

Research areas

  • law, food and agriculture
  • intellectual property, particularly trade and certification marks
  • psychology and the law


Associate Professor Jay Sanderson holds degrees in law, psychology and science. He is also an Adjunct Research Fellow with the Law Futures Centre (Griffith Law School, Griffith University) and was previously a Lecturer of Law in the Griffith Law School (2011–2014) where he taught intellectual property, tort law and legal research.

Jay researches and publishes in the areas of intellectual property, food and agriculture; with specific focus on trade marks, food labelling, patents, genetically engineered animals and psychology. His work has been cited by the Productivity Commission, Advisory Council on Intellectual Property (ACIP) and academics in Australia and overseas. Jay’s recent publications include:

  • Plants, People and Practices: The Nature and History of the UPOV Convention (Cambridge University Press, 2017);
  • 'Not Free to Roam: Misleading Food Credence Claims, the ACCC and the Need for Corporate Social Responsibility' (2017) 43(1) Monash University Law Review (forthcoming, 2017), with S. Hobill; and
  • ‘Health Conscious and Confused: Why ‘Healthy’ Trade Marks Matter’ (2016) 39(2) University of New South Wales Law Journal 658.

Currently, Jay’s research focuses on three related areas:

  • Trade and certification marks
  • Food and agriculture
  • Psychology and law, particularly around trade marks and their effects on attitudes and behaviours

Jay 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.

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
  • law and psychology

Research grants

  • Accelerating Precision:  Agriculture to Decision Agriculture (20162017), 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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