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Professor Jay Sanderson

PhD Qld., LLB, Hons Qld.UT, GDipEd Melb., BA(Psych) Qld., BAppSc Victoria UT

  • Dean, School of Law and Society
+61 7 5456 5260
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Sunshine Coast
Jay Sanderson

Professor Jay Sanderson is an interdisciplinary scholar whose work ranges across law, science and society. He has completed degrees in law, science and psychology. 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).

Jay's main areas of research are plants, agriculture and food. Currently, Jay's research focuses on:

  1. The way in which nature(s) are articulated and represented in law;
  2. Biodiversity and BioTrade; and 
  3. Trade and certification marks, particularly related to agriculture, food and biodiversity.

In 2016-2018 and 2019, Jay was a Chief Investigator on the projects Precision to Decision (1) and Precision to Decision (2). These projects involved partnerships between Australia’s rural research and development corporations (RDCs), were led by CRDC, and involved other research partners such as Data 2 Decisions CRC, CSIRO, UNE and Griffith University. The collaborative Precision to Decision projects provide solutions for the use of digital technology and data in Australian agriculture. See the 2019 report (Agricultural Data Rules: Enabling Best Practice).

Professional memberships

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

Potential research projects for HDR and Honours students

  • Intellectual property law
  • Agriculture, food and biodiversity
  • Law, nature and science

Research grants

Project name Investigator(s) Funding body Year
Growing a Digital Future in Agriculture with L. Wiseman CRDC and others, A$125,000 2019
Review of Meat & Livestock Data Access Principles with L. Wiseman Meat & Livestock Australia (MLA), A$27,000 2018
Creating a Farm Data Co-operative  with L. Wiseman Birchip Cropping Group, A$25,000 2018
Accelerating Precision:  Agriculture to Decision Agriculture USC named with 15 other research partners Department of Agriculture and Water Resources' Rural Research and Development (R&D) for Profit Programme (A$1.3 million total) 2016–2018
Australia’s Food and Fibre Futures: Intellectual Property and Access to Plant Genetic Resources with B. Sherman, C. Lawson and L. Wiseman ARC Discovery A$285,000 2012–2014

Research areas

  • Plants, agriculture and food
  • Biodiversity and BioTrade
  • Intellectual Property Law
  • Law and Nature

Teaching areas

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

Professor Jay Sanderson’s specialist areas of knowledge include intellectual property law, intellectual property and agriculture, the UPOV Convention, plant variety rights, plants, food and the law, genetically engineered animals and the intersection and relations between law, science, politics and other human and material factors.

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