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Prof William Van Caenegem


Level 4, Building 4, Faculty of Law, Bond University

Faculty of Law

Centre for Professional Legal Education

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.

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.

Teaching expertise

Introduction to common law for civil lawyers, Intellectual Property Law, Constitutional Law, Evidence

Professional admissions

  • Bar Association of Queensland
  • International Academy of Comparative law
  • International Association of Procedural Law
  • Societe de Legislation Comparee.

Professional appointments

  • Barrister-at-Law - Supreme Court of Queensland
  • Panellist - WIPO Domain Name Arbitration Centre (Domain name arbitrator)


  • Law, PhD, University of Cambridge, Award Date: 29 Jan 2005

Fields of Research

  • Private law and civil obligations

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