Susy Frankel

Susy Frankel is Professor of Law at Victoria University of Wellington, Director of the  New Zealand Centre of International Economic Law and Chair of the Copyright Tribunal (NZ). She was Consultant Expert to Waitangi Tribunal on the WAI 262 flora fauna and indigenous intellectual property claim (Waitangi Tribunal Report, 2011 Ko Aotearoa Tēnei). Susy qualified as Barrister and Solicitor of the High Court of New Zealand in 1988 and as a Solicitor of England & Wales in 1991. She is a member of the Executive Committee of Association for the Advancement of Teaching and Research in Intellectual Property (ATRIP) and of the editorial boards of Journal of World Intellectual Property, Queen Mary Journal of Intellectual Property and the University of Western Australia Law Review.

Susy has been a visiting Professor at the University of Western Ontario 2012, the University of Iowa 2000, and Fellow of Clare Hall, University of Cambridge and visitor to the Centre for Intellectual Property and Information Law, University of Cambridge, 2008.

Her publications include Intellectual Property In New Zealand, 2nd ed Lexis Nexis (2011); Learning from the Past, Adapting for the Future: Regulatory Reform in New Zealand Lexis Nexis, (2011); with Meredith Kolsky Lewis International Economic Law and National Autonomy, Cambridge University Press (2010); “Challenging TRIPS – Plus FTAs – the Potential Utility of Non-Violation Complaints” (2009) 12(4) Journal of International Economic Law 1023-1065; “Trade Marks, Traditional Knowledge and Cultural Intellectual Property” in G B Dinwoodie and MD Janis (eds) Trade Mark Law and Theory: A Handbook of Contemporary Research (Edward Elgar Press, USA, 2007); “The WTO’s Application of ‘the Customary Rules of Interpretation of Public International Law’ to Intellectual Property” (2005) 46 Virginia Journal of International Law 365-428.


Indigenous Peoples' Innovation »

Intellectual Property Pathways to Development

Publication date: August 2012
Traditional knowledge systems are also innovation systems. This book analyses the relationship between intellectual property and indigenous innovation. The contributors come from different disciplinary backgrounds including law, ethnobotany and science. Drawing on examples from Australia, New Zealand and the Pacific Islands, each of the contributors explores the possibilities and limits of intellectual property when it comes to supporting innovation by indigenous people.