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Peter Drahos

Professor of Law and Governance

PeterDrahosPeter Drahos was appointed to the EUI on 1 September 2017.  Prior to that he held positions at the Australian National University, Queen Mary, University of London and the Australian Attorney-General’s Department.  Trained in law, politics and philosophy he has published widely on a variety of topics, including the philosophy of intellectual property rights, global governance, regulatory theory, patent law, trade and development, climate change and energy governance, and the protection of indigenous peoples’ knowledge.

Supervision Interests

I am interested in proposals that seek to analyse important problems using a combination of theories and methods.  Areas of current interest include the relationship between law, knowledge and innovation, the relationship between climate change and energy governance and the governance of science and technology." 

Contact Details

Tel. [+39] 055 4686 245 / 511

Email: [email protected]

Administrative Assistant: Francesca Grassini

Postal address: Law Department | Via Bolognese 156 | 50139 Florence - Italy (Villa Salviati, Castello- Office SACA 302) 

Working Languages: English

Research Interests

  • Property theory
  • Intellectual property rights
  • Regulatory and governance theory
  • Law and technology

Research Projects

  • Climate Change & Energy Governance: Regulatory capitalism struggles to cope with negative externalities that scale exponentially.  Climate change and the Covid-19 pandemic are two examples.  I explore a geo-political pathway to a climate solution in Survival Governance: Energy and Climate in the Chinese Century, OUP.
  • Responsive Science: Drawing on regulatory theory and in particular the theory of responsive regulation this project looks at whether the ideal of responsiveness helps us to create new approaches to issues of integrity, accountability, and epistemic robustness for the institution of science.  I outline what I mean by responsive science in ‘Responsive Science’ Annual Review of Law and Social Science. Available here

  • Kritika: Co-edited with Professor Gustavo Ghidini and Professor Hanns Ullrich, Kritika: Essays on Intellectual Property (Edward Elgar Publishing) this series brings together leading scholars to write on topics of their own choosing on core aspects of intellectual property and related areas such as competition law, consumer law and trade law. Volume 4 was published in 2020 (contents and editorial available here). Volume 5 will be published in 2021.  

  • Regulatory Theory: See Peter Drahos (ed) Regulatory Theory: Foundations and Applications. Available as a free download

  • Indigenous Peoples’ Innovation: Intellectual Property Pathways to Development available as a free download 


Page last updated on 15 December 2020

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