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Peter Drahos

Professor of Law and Governance

PeterDrahosAppointed as of September 2017.

Currently he is a Professor in the RegNet School of Regulation and Global Governance at the Australian National University and holds a Chair in Intellectual Property at the Centre for Commercial Law Studies, Queen Mary University of London. Prior to entering academic life, he worked in the Australian Attorney-General’s Department drafting legislation and dealing with legal policy issues. He is a Member of the Academy of Social Sciences in Australia. Trained in law, politics and philosophy, and skilled in the use of law and society methods, he has worked on a variety of projects and topics, including the philosophy of intellectual property rights, global governance, regulatory theory, patent law and governance, trade and development, climate change and energy governance, and the protection of indigenous peoples’ knowledge. Several of his books have been translated, including into Chinese, Japanese and Persian. Global Business Regulation, a book he co-authored with John Braithwaite, won the Grawemeyer Award for Ideas Improving World Order, the American Sociological Association’s Prize in the Sociology of Law and the Hart Socio-Legal Studies Book Prize.

Supervision Interests

"I am interested in proposals that seek to analyse important problems using a combination of theories and methods, not all of which need to be confined to law. Areas of interest include the application of theories of regulation and governance to the institution of science, the emergence, function and use of intellectual property rights, the relationship between climate change and energy governance, regulatory capitalism and its future and the role of BRICS countries in globalization" 

Research Interests

  • Property theory
  • Intellectual property rights
  • Regulatory and governance theory
  • Trade agreements and development
  • Law and technology

Research Projects

  • Climate Change and Energy Governance: With funding from the Australian Research Council, Peter Drahos and his collaborators Christian Downie, Neil Gunningham and Julie Ayling are looking at how countries are addressing the energy trilemma (the need to maintain energy security, competitiveness and address climate change). Peter Drahos is completing a monograph on China and the Geo-Energy Trilemma.
  • Responsive Science: Drawing on regulatory theory and in particular the theory of responsive regulation this project looks at whether the ideal of responsiveness helps to create new approaches to issues of integrity, accountability, and epistemic robustness that confront the institution of science in a globally networked world.
  • Kritika: Essays on Intellectual Property: Co-edited with Professor Gustavo Ghidini and Professor Hanns Ullrich, this series brings together leading scholars to write on topics of their own choosing covering core aspects of intellectual property and related areas such as competition law, consumer law and trade law. Volume 2 will be published in June 2017 and volume 3 will be published early in 2018.
  • Regulatory Theory: Edited by Peter Drahos, this project brings together 45 scholars from various disciplines to write about major themes in regulation and governance. The results have been published by ANU Press under the title Regulatory Theory: Foundations and Applications.

Contact Details

Tel. [+39] 055 4686 245 / 511

Email: [email protected]

Administrative Assistant: Hélène Debuire Franchini

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

Working Languages: English


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