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Dr Maree Sainsbury (Deputy Dean)

Associate Professor
School of Law & Justice
Highest Qualification – PhD
HDR Completions - 4

Contact Details
Phone No.: +61 (0) 2 6201 5797


My research is broadly in the area of copyright and designs law. In particular, I have a body of work on moral rights and defences to copyright infringement.  I have provided commentary on the Australian moral rights legislation, as well as the impact of defences such as parody and satire and the interplay between the two provisions. I have also published on copyright history, in particular the development of copyright law in Australian colonial times and the impact of these laws on literary authors and publishers. A further field of research is on the application of designs law, where I have examined the application of Australian designs law to Indigenous designs, noting the limitations of the law and making recommendations for law reform.

  • Sainsbury, M, ‘Indigenous Cultural Expression and Registered Designs’ in Indigenous Intellectual Property: A Research Handbook, Edward Elgar,  2015
  • Ailwood, S and Sainsbury, M, Copyright Law, Readers and Authors in Colonial Australia, in Journal of the Association for the Study of Australian Literature,  14(3), 2014 (ERA B)
  • Ailwood, S and Sainsbury, M, The Imperial Effect: Literary Copyright Law in Colonial Australia  in Law, Culture and the Humanities, May 2014, 1-25 (ERA A)
  • Sainsbury, M, Vampires and the death of print news: News aggregation and the role of copyright, Media and Arts Law Review , 2013, (ERA B)

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Maree is available for a HDR supervision consultation to prospective students.

Areas of Research Interest

  • Intellectual Property Law
  • Equity and Trusts