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About Susy Frankel

Susy’s research focuses on international intellectual property law. She teaches courses in intellectual property (including copyright, patents and trade marks), patent law and innovation, global intellectual property issues, international trade law, the protection of traditional knowledge and the law of contract. She has published books, articles and book chapters and is frequently invited to  give conference presentations on various aspects of intellectual property law and policy. She is Director of the New Zealand Centre of International Economic Law. From 2011-2013 Susy was the Project Leader of the New Zealand Law Foundation Regulatory Reform Project, funded to NZ$1.8 million. The project produced a cutting-edge regulatory toolkit.

Before joining Victoria University, in 1997, Susy practiced law in New Zealand and London. Susy qualified as Barrister and Solicitor of the High Court of New Zealand in 1988 and as a Solicitor of England & Wales in 1991.

Susy has been a visiting Professor at the University of Haifa (Reinhold Cohen Visiting Chair) 2014; University of Western Ontario 2012; Fellow of Clare Hall, University of Cambridge and visitor to the Centre for Intellectual Property and Information Law, University of Cambridge, Michalmas term 2008; visiting Professor, University of Iowa 2000; and in 2013-2014 she is a Senior Fulbright Scholar and Hauser Global Fellow at New York University.


Present Professor of Law, Victoria University of Wellington
Present Professor of Law, Victoria University of Wellington



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Professional Service and Affiliations

2012 - Present Board Member, Pacific Economic Cooperation Council (NZ)
2011 - Present President (2016-2017), Member of the Executive Committee, Association for the Advancement of Teaching and Research in Intellectual Property (ATRIP)
2011 - Present Editorial Board, Journal of World Intellectual Property
2011 - Present Member of the Advisory Board of Legal Studies, Journal of the Society of Legal Scholars
2011 - Present Editorial Board, Queen Mary Journal of Intellectual Property
2008 - Present Chair, Copyright Tribunal (NZ)
2004 - Present Neutral (WIPO), World Intellectual Property Organization Arbitration and Mediation Centre
2011 Editorial Advisory Board, University of Western Australia Law Review
2011 Consultant Expert on the WAI 262 flora fauna and indigenous intellectual propert, Waitangi Tribunal
1998 - 2006 Assistant Commissioner of Trade Marks, Patents and Designs, Hearings Officer for the Intellectual Property Office of New Zealand
1998 - 2006 Editorial Board, Victoria University of Wellington Law Review
2004 - 2005 General Editor (joint), New Zealand Universities Law Review
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