Peter Drahos

Peter Drahos is Professor of Law and Governmance in the Department of Law at the European University Institute, in Florence, Italy; an Emeritus Professor in the Regulatory Institutions Network at the Australian National University, Canberra and holds a Chair in Intellectual Property at Queen Mary, University of London. He is a member of the Academy of Social Sciences in Australia.

He holds degrees in law, politics and philosophy and is admitted as a barrister and solicitor. He has published widely on a variety of topics including contract, legal philosophy, telecommunications, intellectual property, trade negotiations, international business regulation, indigenous people and intellectual property, energy governance and climate change.

His publications include A Philosophy of Intellectual Property, Dartmouth (1996) and now as free download); Global Business Regulation (with John Braithwaite), Cambridge University Press, 2000; Information Feudalism: Who Controls the Knowledge Economy? (with John Braithwaite), Earthscan (2002); Global Intellectual Property Rights: Knowledge, Access and Development (with Ruth Mayne), Macmillan, 2002; The Global Governance of Knowledge: Patent Offices and Their Clients, Cambridge University Press, 2010; Intellectual Property, Indigenous People and Their Knowledge, Cambridge University Press, 2014; and Indigenous People's Innovation: Intellectual Property Pathways to Development (ed with Susy Frankel), ANU Press, 2012, available as free download; and Regulatory Theory: Foundations and Applications, (ed), ANU Press, 2017 available as free download.

Global Business Regulation was awarded the Hart Socio-Legal Studies Book Prize for 2000, the American Sociological Association’s Prize in the Sociology of Law 2002 and the Grawemeyer Award in Ideas Improving World Order, 2004.


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