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.