Prof William Van Caenegem

Prof William Van Caenegem

  • Professor
    Faculty of Law
Level 4, 4. Faculty of Law, Bond University

Professional biography

William Van Caenegem studied Law in Belgium and the UK. He is fluent in English, Dutch, French and German and speaks some Russian.

He is interested in comparative and trans-national law, intellectual property law, evidence and criminal procedure. He has been a stipendiary researcher at the Max-Planck Institute for Comparative Intellectual Property Law in Munich, FRG. He held the inaugural CAL/ANU Copyright Fellowship, and was a Visiting Scholar at the Centre for Commercial and Property Law at QUT, as well as at the Comparative & International Law Center, Faculty of Law, University of California, Berkeley. He has been a visiting Professor at the Sorbonne University, Paris, the University of Ghent, Belgium and is currently a visiting Professor at the University of Gothenburg, Sweden. He has been a consultant for the WA Law Reform Commission in the area of comparative criminal procedure, and has undertaken work in this area for AUSAID in Cambodia. He has also been a consultant to DFAT in relation to the protection of geographical indications of origin.

He has published in the areas of foreign law, intellectual property law, legal philosophy and criminal procedure. He is a past Vice-President of the Australian Society for Legal Philosophy. He is a Barrister-at-Law of the Supreme Court of Queensland.

Statement of research interests

Intellectual property is my principal area of interest. I have focussed on IP and innovation issues, most recently in relation to trade secrets law and employee mobility.

My current research is more related to IP and goodwill, in particular trademarks law and the law of geographical indications of origin. I focus on policy issues and the relationship between IP law and Competition. I am also interested in comparative law, since I have a background in the civilian legal system.

I have recently completed a Report on GIs in Australia, and am currently concerned with competition and bargaining issues in the agrifood sector in Australia.

I am also active in the debate concerning the internationalisation of legal education and have published a number of chapter books on this topic with my colleague Prof Mary Hiscock.

Statement for HDR students

I have supervised a number of PhD candidates over the years, mostly in the area of Intellectual property law, focussing on various policy issues.

My current interests lie in innovation policy, competition policy and comparative law. I have also supervised in the area of Evidence law and criminal procedure.

Higher degree research student projects

  • A statutory formula for the admission of similar fact evidence against a criminal accused
  • Authors Losing Traction: The Slippery Slope of Copyright Protection
  • Authors Losing Traction: The Slippery Slope of Copyright Protection
  • Intellectual Property Law
  • When a Shield Becomes a Sword: Regulating Strategic Patent Litigation in the Context of Competition

Areas of research expertise

  • Law