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 is an interdisciplinary researcher who 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.

He researches and publishes in the areas of food, agriculture and law: with specific focus on food labelling, trade marks, patents, certification and psychology. His work has been cited by the Productivity Commission, Advisory Council on Intellectual Property (ACIP) and academics in Australia and overseas.

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

  1. Trade and certification marks
  2. Food and agriculture
  3. Psychology and law

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 Cooperative Research Centre (CDC), CSIRO, University of New England (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)
  • Member of the Australian & New Zealand Association of Psychiatry, Psychology and Law
  • Adjunct Research Fellow, Law Futures Centre (Griffith Law School, Griffith University)

Potential research projects for HDR and Honours students

  • Law, agriculture and food
  • Intellectual property, particularly trade marks, plant variety rights and patents
  • Food labelling
  • 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.
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