Professor Jay Sanderson

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Professor Jay Sanderson


Teaching areas

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

Research areas

  • Law, food and agriculture
  • Food labelling
  • Intellectual property, particularly trade marks and logos
  • Psychology and the law


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.

Jay researches and publishes in the areas of food, agriculture and law: with a specific focus on data governance; food labelling; the use of logos, trademarks and certifications and understanding these issues via psychology.

Currently Jay's research focuses on:

  • Food and agriculture, particularly the governance of data and digital technology
  • Labelling and logos, particularly in the area of food and health
  • Psychology and law, particularly around the use of logos and trademarks as behaviour change 

Jay’s work has been cited by the Productivity Commission, Advisory Council on Intellectual Property (ACIP) and academics in Australia and overseas.

In 2016-2018, Jay was a Chief Investigator on the project Accelerating Precision Agriculture to Decision Agriculture: Enabling Digital Agriculture in Australia. The project was a partnership between all 15 of Australia’s rural research and development corporations (RDCs), led by CRDC, and including other research partners such as Data 2 Decisions CRC, CSIRO, UNE and Griffith University. The collaborative project provides solutions 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 trademarks and logos
  • Law and agricultural data
  • Food regulation and labelling
  • Law and psychology

Research grants

Review of Meat & Livestock Data Access Principles (2018), Meat & Livestock Australia (MLA), A$27,000, with L. Wiseman.

Creating a Farm Data Co-operative (2018), Birchip Cropping Group, A$25,000 with L. Wiseman.

Accelerating Precision:  Agriculture to Decision Agriculture (2016–2018), 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 B. Sherman, C. Lawson and L. Wiseman).

Using Intellectual Property to Enhance Agricultural Research for Developing Countries, ACIAR (2012–2013) A$150,000 (with B. Sherman, C. Lawson and L. 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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