Professor Graham Dutfield

Professor Graham Dutfield


I am a member of the IPBio Network based here at Leeds, and previously served on the scientific advisory board of a Canadian synthetic biology project called PhytoMetaSyn. I have a DPhil from Oxford University.

I present my research around the world, and have given lectures at various prestigious institutions including University of Oxford, University of Cambridge, Harvard University, Yale University, Boston University, Osgoode Hall Law School (Canada), NALSAR (India), and the World Bank. In July 2016 I gave an invited lecture at the Central Intellectual Property and International Trade Court of Thailand before the Chief Justice and over fifty judges.

I have also advised governments including those of Brazil, Ghana, Namibia, Saint Lucia and Zambia, as well as the Portfolio Committee on Trade and Industry of the South African Parliament.

I have been quoted in The Economist, Science, the Times of India, the Wall Street Journal, and the web editions of ABC News and CNN. Most recently I was cited in the World Intellectual Property Report 2015 of the United Nations World Intellectual Property Organization, and in the Final Report of the United Nations Secretary General's High-Level Panel on Access to Medicines.

Research interests

My research on intellectual property crosses several disciplines, including law, history, politics, economics and anthropology. More general scholarly interests include the law, science and business of creativity and technical innovation from the enlightenment to the present, especially in the life sciences. 

Other research areas include intellectual property and access to knowledge, human rights, sustainable development, health, agriculture, genetics, biotechnology, traditional knowledge and folklore, bioprospecting, and indigenous peoples' rights.  For further information on my research with some downloadable papers, please see my profile on

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Student education

I teach mainly on the LLM in Intellectual Property Law.

Research groups and institutes

  • Centre for Business Law and Practice

Current postgraduate research students

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