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Roundtable 2024: What is the Future for protecting Traditional Knowledge and Cultural Expressions?

10 April 2024

On 13–24 May 2024, the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) will convene a diplomatic conference to conclude an International Legal Instrument Relating to Intellectual Property, Genetic Resources and Traditional Knowledge Associated with Genetic Resources. The proposed instrument builds on two decades of explorations and deliberations at the WIPO Intergovernmental Committee on Intellectual Property and Genetic Resources, Traditional Knowledge and Folklore.

The Indigenous Knowledge Forum, University of Technology Sydney, and the Center for Law and Intellectual Property at Texas A&M University are jointly organising a Roundtable to be held less than a month after the end of the WIPO Diplomatic Conference. Commencing the afternoon of Friday 14 June and continuing on Saturday 15 June 2024, this Roundtable will be hosted at the Faculty of Law, University of Technology Sydney.

Please contact Professor Natalie Stoianoff on if you are interested in participating.


January 28, 2019

Call for Papers - Indigenous Knowledge Forum 2019

The Indigenous Knowledge Forum 2019 will be held on 12-13 June 2019 at the University of Technology Sydney on the theme: Models for a Competent Authority - Facilitating Self-Determination. Focusing on access to and sharing of benefits from the use of traditional or Indigenous knowledge and culture, this Forum will bring together scholars and experts with the objectives of facilitating discussion and information exchange on international experiences with competent authorities.


The Indigenous Knowledge Forum invites interested participants to submit an abstract of 300 words by 1 February 2019. Abstracts should include the speaker's name and institutional affiliation and be emailed to Professor Natalie Stoianoff, Garuwanga Lead Chief Investigator, 

December 19, 2017

Applications Now Open: Research Fellow on Garuwanga Project

An exciting opportunity exists for an experienced Research Fellow to become an integral member of the research team on the UTS Indigenous Knowledge Forum project: Garuwanga: Forming a Competent Authority to protect Indigenous knowledge. The Garuwanga Project has successfully attracted ARC Linkage funding to work with four Aboriginal communities from the Kimberley in Western Australia to the South Highlands and South Coast of New South Wales to identify, evaluate and recommend an appropriate Competent Authority legal structure so Australia can meet the requirements of the Nagoya Protocol.  


The role of the Research Fellow is integral to the success of the project and the main tasks for this position include:

  • Complete and deliver project tasks in accordance with the Garuwanga project plan including preparing minutes and associated documents for all meetings

  • Manage and reconcile budget and financial statements for the project

  • Organise research project meetings including catering and travel arrangements for Partner Investigators

  • Organise research field trips to Indigenous communities in South Coast NSW and the Kimberley in WA

  • Manage the Indigenous Knowledge Forum website


The position description and application information is available at


Applications close Friday 12 January 2018 at 11:59pm.


Please feel free to share the details of this position with your network.

April 26, 2017

Intellectual Property: Access and Development Symposium

The Thomas More Law School Global Justice Program presents the Intellectual Property: Access and Development Symposium.


Hosted by Professor Rocque Reynolds, Dean of Law Thomas More Law School. The panellists include: 

  • Professor Ruth Okediji, International Research Professor in Law, ACU Thomas More Law School and William L Prosser Professor in Law, University of Minnesota Law School

  • Professor Peter Drahos, Professor in Law and Director of the Centre for the Governance of Knowledge and Development, Australian National University 

  • Professor Natalie Stoianoff, Professor in Law and Director of the Intellectual Property Program, University of Technology Sydney

  • Dr Kunle Ola, ACU Thomas More Law School 

Date: Monday 29 May 2017, 1:00pm-5:00pm 

Venue: Australian Catholic University, Peter Cosgrove Centre, Level 18 Tenison Woods House, 8-20 Napier St North Sydney 

Contact: Jennifer Downey,, (02) 9737 2722

To view the flyer for this event, please click here

February 21, 2017

Book Launch - Overturning Aqua Nullius: Securing Aboriginal water rights by Dr Virginia Marshall

Overturning aqua nullius aims to cultivate a new understanding of Aboriginal water rights and interests in the context of Aboriginal water concepts and water policy development in Australia. 

In this award-winning work, Dr Marshall argues that Aboriginal water rights require legal recognition as property rights, and that water access and water infrastructure are integral to successful economic enterprise in Aboriginal communities. Aboriginal peoples’ social, cultural and economic certainty rests on their right to control and manage customary water.

The book will be launched by The Hon Michael Kirby AC CMG at the Moot Court of the University of Technology, Sydney, at 11am on the 22nd February. Following the official launch light refreshments will be served and the author, Dr Marshall will be available to sign copies of the book.  


Overturning aqua nullius (RRP $39.95) and other Aboriginal Studies Press titles will be available for purchase at the launch. 


WHAT – Launch of Overturning aqua nullius - Securing Aboriginal water rights

WHERE – Moot Court, Law School, Building CB05B, University of Technology, 1 Quay Street, Haymarket, NSW 2000, Sydney 

WHEN – 11am-1pm, 22nd February 2017

RSVP – to 

December 08, 2016

Indigenous Knowledge Forum Book Launch

We are pleased to announce the launch of the book Indigenous Knowledge Forum - Comparative Systems for Recognising and Protecting Indigenous Knowledge and Culture.


The book will be launched by Mr Alex Greenwich, Independent Member for Sydney, on 15 December 2016 at 5:30-7:30pm at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Level 2, 140 George Street The Rocks NSW 2000. 


For more information on the book please click here   

October 13, 2016

Roundtable 2016 Indigenous Knowledge: Governance Systems for Data Management and Benefit Sharing

The Indigenous Knowledge Forum and the University of Technology Sydney will host a Roundtable on Wednesday 14 December 2016 on the theme of Indigenous Knowledge: Governance Systems for Data Management and Benefit Sharing. This Roundtable will bring together scholars and experts with the objective of facilitating dialogue and discussion and information exchange on how governance systems for the protection of Indigenous knowledge and culture may be established and structured.


The Indigenous Knowledge Forum invites interested participants to submit an abstract of 300 words by 11 November 2016. Please see the Call for Papers for further information. 

August 31, 2016

Indigenous Postgraduate Research Scholarship

An exciting opportunity for an Indigenous Australian student is available at the UTS Faculty of Law. The University of Technology is offering a PhD scholarship to a student with research interests in governance frameworks for protecting and sharing Indigenous knowledge and culture. 

July 31, 2016

Success in the Australian Research Council Linkage Grant Scheme 2016

Funding from the Australian Research Council Linkage Grant Scheme for the project Garuwanga: Forming a Competent Authority to protect Indigenous knowledge. 

March 31, 2016

Indigenous Cultural Rights - Perspectives from the US

Indigenous Knowledge Forum and Indigenous Justice Reserch Network Roundtable and Discussion 'Indigenous Cultural Rights - Perspectives from the US'. 

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