David Price

Associate Professor

Registered to supervise postgraduate research


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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.

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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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