Andrew Frederick Christie holds the Chair of Intellectual Property in the Faculty of Law at the University of Melbourne. He was the founding Director of the Intellectual Property Research Institute of Australia (IPRIA), a national centre for multi-disciplinary research in the law, economics and management of intellectual property, established at the University of Melbourne from 2002-2008. He has Bachelors degrees in Science and in Law from the University of Melbourne, an LLM with distinction from the University of London, and a prize-winning PhD from the University of Cambridge.
He is an academic and professional lawyer who specialises in intellectual property law. He has particular expertise in the application of intellectual property law, and especially copyright, patent and trade mark law, to the digital environment. Professor Christie is admitted to legal practice in Australia and the United Kingdom, and worked for many years in the intellectual property departments of law firms in Melbourne and London. He has also worked as a Research Associate with the corporate strategy consultants Boston Consulting Group, and as a Consultant (Special Counsel) to a specialist Australian firm of intellectual property lawyers, patent and trade marks attorneys.
He has completed both the Workshop for Mediators and the Workshop for Arbitrators, at the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) in Geneva. He is a Member of the Panel of Neutrals of the WIPO Arbitration and Mediation Center, in which capacity he has adjudicated numerous domain name disputes.
Professor Christie has received national and international recognition for his excellence in teaching and research. He has held visiting teaching appointments in intellectual property law at a number of overseas universities, including the University of Cambridge, Duke University, the University of Hong Kong, the University of Geneva, and the University of Toronto (where he was a Dis