David Price

Associate Professor

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Research interests

Professor Price’s primary research focus is the development and enforcement of intellectual property protection regimes in the Arabian Gulf States (Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, and Yemen).  His research encompasses the challenges faced by developing countries in establishing their own intellectual property protection regimes and the extent to which their own traditional knowledge/cultural heritage is protected (or not protected) under legal regimes largely driven by external forces.  
This focus has since expanded to three inter-twined areas, namely, the inter-relationship between intellectual property law, public international law and international trade law.   Three countries/regions are used as exemplars – The Arabian Gulf (GCC), neighbour Indonesia and Australia – and a common thread is the treatment of traditional knowledge and cultural heritage under a western-based IP regime.  A classic example of the inter-twining of these three areas is the dispute over Australia’s tobacco plain packaging legislation, which involves IP (trademarks), international law (treaties), and trade (bilateral trade agreements), on which David has widely published.   This research has recently been extended to encompass Investor-state dispute settlement (ISDS) provisions in bilateral investment treaties and regional free trade agreements   which include intellectual property and to which the Gulf states, Indonesia, or Australia are party.

Education/Academic qualification


External positions

Visiting Professor, Hainan Univerisity, Hainan, People's Republic of China

Oct 2015

Visitng Professor, Universitas Gadjah Mada Fakultas Hukum


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Research Output 2004 2018

Intellectual property in the Arabian Peninsula: The GCC States, Jordan and Yemen

Price, D. & AlDebasi, A., 2018, Protecting Intellectual Property in the Arabian Peninsula: The GCC States, Jordan and Yemen. Taylor and Francis AS, p. 1-382 382 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapterResearchpeer-review

intellectual property
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Indonesia and the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA): the luxury of time

Price, D., Apr 2017, In : Indonesia Law Review. 2017, 1, p. 1-22 22 p., 1.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Open Access

Indonesia's Bold Strategy on Bilateral Investment Treaties: Seeking an Equitable Climate for Investment?

Price, D., 1 Jan 2017, In : Asian Journal of International Law. 7, 1, p. 124-151 28 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalReview articleResearchpeer-review

national development

Intellectual Property: Commentary and Materials

Price, D., Bodkin, C. & Aoun, F., Mar 2017, 6th ed. Sydney: Thomson Reuters (Professional) Australia. 893 p.

Research output: Book/ReportBookResearch

intellectual property

Do Investor-State Dispute Settlement (ISDS) Provisions Belong in a Gulf Trade Investment Agreement?

Hallam, A. L. & Price, D., 2016, Intellectual Property Rights: Development and Enforcement in the Arab States of the Gulf. Price, D. & AlDebasi, A. (eds.). Berlin, Germany: Gerlach Press, p. 241-265 24 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapterResearchpeer-review

macro level
foreign investment


Combating terror: Indonesia's legislative and law enforcement response to terrorism

Author: Fenton, A. J., 2016

Supervisor: Price, D. (Supervisor)

Student thesis: Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) - CDU


Law from the earth, law from the demos and law from heaven: nature and intersections of authority of Madayin, Australian law and christianity in Arnhem Land

Author: Kelly, D., 2014

Supervisor: Price, D. (Supervisor), Mccrimmon, L. (Supervisor) & Curtis, R. (Supervisor)

Student thesis: Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) - CDU