Researcher

My Expertise

Intellectual property law (esp. copyright and trademarks)

International Intellectual Property law

Intellectual property philosophy and theory

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Fields of Research (FoR)

Intellectual property law, Legal theory, jurisprudence and legal interpretation, Law, science and technology

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Biography

BA(Hons), LLB(Hons), LLM(Hons), MJur(Hons) (Sydney); GDLP (College of Law); PGCAP (London); PhD (ANU); FHEA

Dr Alexandra George joined the UNSW Faculty of Law & Justice in 2007, having had earlier academic appointments at Queen Mary, University of London, the University of Wales, Swansea and the University of Exeter in the UK. She has also worked at the European University Institute, Florence, Italy and taught courses at the University of...view more

BA(Hons), LLB(Hons), LLM(Hons), MJur(Hons) (Sydney); GDLP (College of Law); PGCAP (London); PhD (ANU); FHEA

Dr Alexandra George joined the UNSW Faculty of Law & Justice in 2007, having had earlier academic appointments at Queen Mary, University of London, the University of Wales, Swansea and the University of Exeter in the UK. She has also worked at the European University Institute, Florence, Italy and taught courses at the University of Sydney, the National University of Singapore, and Tsinghua University in Beijing, China. She has practised as an intellectual property and media lawyer, and continues to give legal advice on a pro bono basis through the ArtsLaw Centre of Australia (a community legal centre that supports artists). She was Associate to Justice MF Moore in the Federal Court of Australia and the Industrial Relations Court of Australia and, while studying, worked for the international news organisation Reuters.

Alexandra’s research focuses on international intellectual property and the philosophy of intellectual property law. Recent publications examine issues of jurisdiction and enforcement in international intellectual property law, and the intersection of Artificial Intelligence and intellectual property. Her philosophical research examines issues such as the metaphysics and structure of intellectual property law, and ‘property’ concepts in the commodification of intangible objects. She is currently undertaking applied research in this area. Alexandra also has an interest in Chinese law, and is a member of the Herbert Smith Freehills China International Business and Economic Law Centre (CIBEL) at UNSW Sydney.

Her book Constructing Intellectual Property (Cambridge University Press, 2012) examines the ways in which the legal system defines into existence and regulates intellectual property. By analyzing the metaphysical structure of intellectual property law and the concepts the legal system uses to construct 'intellectual property', the book helps to explain the role of intellectual property from a structural — rather than the traditional normative — perspective.

Alexandra was named 'Academic of the Year' at the Australian Lawyers Weekly Women in Law Awards (2016). She has also has received a Vice-Chancellor’s Award for Teaching Excellence at UNSW (2013), and a Pro Bono Award for her work for The Arts Law Centre of Australia (2016).


My Grants

Dr George thanks the grant-awarding organisations that have supported her research.


My Qualifications

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD): Australian National University

Master of Jurisprudence, Honours: M.Jur. (Hons): University of Sydney

Master of Laws, Honours: LL.M. (Hons): University of Sydney

Bachelor of Laws, Honours: LL.B. (Hons): University of Sydney

Bachelor of Arts, Honours: B.A. (Hons): University of Sydney

Graduate Diploma of Legal Practice (GDLP): College of Law, Sydney

Post-Graduate Certificate in Academic Practice (PGCAP): University of London

Also:

Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA), UK


My Awards

'Academic of the Year', Australian Lawyers Weekly 'Women in Law' Awards, 2016

Pro Bono Award, The Arts Law Centre of Australia, 2016

UNSW Vice-Chancellor’s Award for Teaching Excellence, 2013


My Research Supervision


Supervision keywords


Areas of supervision

Intellectual Property law (especially copyright, trademark law)

Intellectual property theory/philosophy

International intellectual property law (eg. jurisdiction; private international law & IP; globalisation and IP) 

Applied Legal Philosophy (applied philosophy of intellectual property law)


My Engagement

Legal Practice

  • Admitted to practice as a Legal Practitioner of the Supreme Court of NSW, and Barrister/Solicitor of High Court of Australia (federal jurisdiction)
  • Current NSW Practising Certificate (solicitor)
  • Pro bono solicitor at community legal centres (ArtsLaw Centre of Australia; Kingsford Legal Centre)

Professional Organisations

  • Copyright Society of Australia (CSA), Management Committee
  • International Trademark Organisation (INTA), Academic Committee

 


My Teaching

Foundations of Intellectual Property Law (LAWS3021) (JURD7321)

Advanced Intellectual Property Policy and Practice (LAWS3057) (JURD7357)

Intellectual Property Law (LAWS8017) (JURD7617)

Globalisation and Intellectual Property Law (LAWS8050) (JURD7350)

Owning Creativity: Issues in Intellectual Property (GENL2323) (BA Legal Studies Only LAWS3523)

China International Business and Economic Law Summer School, at Tsinghua University, Beijing (LAWS3345) (JURD7645) (LAWS8345)

Legal Research and Writing (JURD7155)

 

Dr George supervises PhD students.
Prospective supervisees are asked to send Dr George an outline of their proposed research, as well as a copy of their CV and university transcript.

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Location

Room 321
Law Building
UNSW Kensington Campus

Contact

+61 2 9385 9626