Researcher

Professor Michael Handler

My Expertise

Intellectual property, Trade marks, Copyright, Geographical indications, Consumer protection Law, International trade law
 

Fields of Research (FoR)

Intellectual Property Law, Commercial and Contract Law, International Trade Law

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Biography

Michael is a Professor in the Faculty of Law. He researches in the field of intellectual property law, focusing in particular on national and international trade mark law, the international regulation of geographical indications of origin, and copyright law.

Michael is the co-author, with Professor Robert Burrell, of Australian Trade Mark Law (Oxford University Press, 2nd ed, 2016), one of the leading texts on the topic. He is also the...view more

Michael is a Professor in the Faculty of Law. He researches in the field of intellectual property law, focusing in particular on national and international trade mark law, the international regulation of geographical indications of origin, and copyright law.

Michael is the co-author, with Professor Robert Burrell, of Australian Trade Mark Law (Oxford University Press, 2nd ed, 2016), one of the leading texts on the topic. He is also the co-author, with Professors Kathy Bowrey, Dianne Nicol, Jane Nielsen and Kimberlee Weatherall, of Australian Intellectual Property: Commentary, Law and Practice (Oxford University Press, 3rd ed, 2021). He has written numerous peer-reviewed journal articles and book chapters on various aspects of local and international intellectual property law, in publications including the Modern Law Review, Melbourne University Law Review, Federal Law Review, UNSW Law Journal and the Trademark Reporter. He has also co-authored influential submissions to government law reform inquiries.

Michael was also a co-investigator, with Professor Kathy Bowrey, on the Australian Research Council funded project 'Entertainment Rights in the Age of the Franchise: A Reappraisal of Personality Rights under Australian Intellectual Property Laws' (2009-11), the key output of which was the acclaimed edited collection, Law and Creativity in the Age of the Entertainment Franchise (Cambridge University Press, 2014).

 

 


My Grants

A. Steel, C. Picker, L. Bennett Moses, M. Handler and C. Tisdell, UNSW Strategic Education Development Funding Grant, Aligning Learning, Assessment and Technology: Trialling Use of Computers by Students to Complete Examinations (2016-17)

M. Handler, UNSW Strategic Education Development Funding Grant, Building Legal Research Skills through the Development of Online Legal Research Modules (2014-15)

K. Bowrey and M. Handler, ARC Discovery Grant DP0985948, Entertainment Rights in the Age of the Franchise: A Reappraisal of Personality Rights under Australian Intellectual Property Laws (2009-14)


My Research Supervision


Areas of supervision

Intellectual property law

Consumer protection law

International trade law


Currently supervising

Scientia PhD Scholar Arpan Banerjee, 'The Law as an Invisible Screenwriter' (joint PhD supervisor with Kathy Bowrey and Catherine Bond)
Huiyang Li, 'Orphan Films' (joint PhD supervisor with Kathy Bowrey)


My Teaching

Intellectual Property 1: Copyright and Designs (LAWS3046 / JURD7446)

Intellectual Property 2: Trade Marks and Patents (LAWS3248 / JURD7448)

Intellectual Property Law (LAWS8017 / JURD7617)

International & Comparative Intellectual Property (LAWS8016 /JURD7616)

Trade Mark Law and Related Rights (LAWS8144)

Torts (LAWS1061)

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Location

Room 311,
The Law Building,
University of New South Wales,
UNSW Kensington Campus,
Sydney NSW 2052
Australia
(Access via Gate 2 off High Street)

Contact

+61 2 9065 6585
+61 2 9385 1175

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