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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.

Positions

1997 - Present Professor of Law, Chair in Intellectual Property and International Trade, Victoria University of Wellington
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Present Director, Victoria University of Wellington ‐ New Zealand Centre of International Economic Law
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Present Programme Director, Victoria University of Wellington ‐ Master of International Trade
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Grants

2011 - 2013 Regulatory Reform Project
The New Zealand Law Foundation
Role: Project Leader
$1,800,000
2007 Small Market Economy and Intellectual Property
The New Zealand Law Foundation
$50,000
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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 Member (elected), International Law Association, Committee on Private International Law and Intellectual Property
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
2010 - Present Founding Board Member, Asia Pacific Innovation Network
2010 - Present Board Member, NZ Pacific Economic Cooperation Council (NZPECC)
2008 - Present Chair, Copyright Tribunal (NZ)
2004 - Present Neutral (WIPO), World Intellectual Property Organization Arbitration and Mediation Centre
1991 - Present Solicitor of England and Wales, The Law Society
1988 - Present Barrister and Solicitor, High Court of New Zealand
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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Honors and Awards

  • Research Excellence Award (Leadership of the Regulatory Reform Project), Victoria University, 2013
  • Hauser Senior Global Research Fellow, New York University, Law School, 2013-2014
  • Fulbright Senior Scholar Award, 2013
  • Project Leader, New Zealand Law Foundation Regulatory Reform Project 2010-2012, NZ$1.9 million
  • Visiting Fellow, Clare Hall, Cambridge, September 2008 - January 2009
  • Visitor to the Centre for Intellectual Property and Information Law, University of Cambridge, Michalmas term 2008
  • 2006 Hon Rex Mason Prize for the best article appearing in any New Zealand legal publication during the preceding 12 months for “Towards a Sound New Zealand Intellectual Property Law” (2001) 32 VUWLR 47-74
  • 2003, award for Special Academic Achievement from Victoria University. The award was for a “sustained record of excellence in research and contribution to the research culture of the school”


Education

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1998 LLB (Hons), Victoria University of Wellington
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1993 LLM, University of London - Intellectual Property
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