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Australia’s position on geographical indications has been heavily influenced by the potential trade impacts of protecting names of European regions such as Parma and Brie. The justification usually advanced for this kind of protection is that it offers rural regions development benefits. Drawing on Australian case studies this talks assesses whether this justification has any relevance for Australia’s regions.
Peter Drahos is a Professor in Law and the Director of the Centre for the Governance of Knowledge and Development in the Regulatory Institutions Network (RegNet), College of Asia and the Pacific, at the Australian National University, Canberra. He currently holds a Chair in Intellectual Property at Queen Mary, University of London. He has published widely in law and social science journals on a variety of topics including contract, legal philosophy, telecommunications, intellectual property, trade negotiations and international business regulation. He has worked as a consultant to government, international organizations and international NGOs.