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Professor Kamal Puri
Sessional Academic
Faculty of Law,
Faculty Office (Law)
Discipline *
Law, Other Law and Legal Studies
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PhD (Australian National University)



* Field of Research code, Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification (ANZSRC), 2008


Professor Puri was born in India and after obtaining three university degrees (BA, LLB and LLM), he won a scholarship to study for his doctorate (PhD) at the Australian National University, Canberra, Australia. He was admitted as a Solicitor and Barrister in the New Zealand High Court in Wellington and was appointed as full Professor of Law at University of Queensland in 1995, which position he now holds at the Queensland University of Technology (QUT).
Professor Kamal Puri has established an international reputation in the fields of intellectual property and contracts, including public procurement, by dint of his scholarly publications and extensive contacts with national and international organizations.
His contributions to research and scholarship are demonstrated by his six books and over 50 journal articles published in refereed journals in almost all parts of the world, e.g., UK, U.S., Australia, Japan, France and India.
His emphasis on applying legal rules in the real world has led to his present appointment as the foundation Director of the Intellectual Property Commercialization Unit at the Department of Primary Industries and Fisheries, Queensland Government.
He has successfully completed numerous research projects at an international level at the invitation of UNESCO and WIPO and several other national and regional organizations/institutions, including Oxford and Cambridge universities.
His seminal work in the field of protection of cultural and intellectual property rights of Indigenous peoples has helped him to gain an international reputation that has led to numerous funded invitations at international conferences.
In particular, he was commissioned by UNESCO, SPC (Secretariat of the Pacific Communities, Noumea, New Caledonia) and PIFS (Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat, Suva, Fiji) to draft a model law and guidelines for the legal protection of traditional knowledge and expressions of culture of Pacific Islands’ Peoples.  Twenty-six Pacific countries and territories endorsed the model law, drafted by him, on 17 September 2002 at a meeting in Noumea.
Research Interests

  • Intellectual Property Law
  • Protection of Traditional Knowledge and Expressions of Indigenous Culture
  • Contract Law
  • Public Procurement Law
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Professor Puri has a long and successful career in teaching. His commitment to teaching and learning is confirmed by his Commendations for teaching and learning on four occasions under the University of Queensland’s Excellence in Teaching Awards.
Professor Puri has played significant role in administration and leadership at university level and through his wide contacts developed several useful international links. He has served his law faculty as Deputy Dean, Acting Dean and Head.
Units Currently Taught

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For publications by this staff member, visit QUT ePrints, the University's research repository.