Professor David Price

Associate Professor

Degrees and Appointments

  • Bachelor of Arts (Hons)International Relations (University of Sydney)
  • Bachelor of Arts (Chinese) (Macquarie University )
  • Master of Arts (Industrial Development) (University of Sydney)
  • Master of Laws (Northern Territory University )
  • PhD (Law) (Charles Darwin University) 
  • Fellow, Australian Institute of Management
  • Associate Professor in Law, School of Law (July 2010 – current)
  • Member, School of Law Research and Research Training Committee
  • Member, CDU International Reference Group, China
  • Member, CDU International Reference Group, Indonesia  
  • Member, CDU International Reference Group, Timor-Leste
  • Member, Winning team, 2014 Vice-Chancellor’s Award for Outstanding Contribution to Student Learning
  • Professor and Acting Head of School of Law, May 2012 – March 2013.
  • Visiting Professor, Faculty of Law, Universitas Gadjah Mada, Indonesia (2012 - current)
  • Coach and Advisor, Universitas Gadgah Mada moot teams to Willem C Vis International Moot Competitions, Vienna, and Hong Kong, since 2012/13
  • Member, International Bar Association,  
  • Member, LAWASIA
  • Member Judging Panel,  LAWASIA International Mooting Competitions 
  • Board Member, Northern Territory Council of Law Reporting 
  • Co-editor, Northern Territory Law Journal
  • Member, International Advisory Board, Indonesia International Forum (IIF)
  • Member, Editorial Board, UUM Journal of Legal Studies, School of Law, Universiti Utara Malaysia
  • Member, Scientific Committee, 2016 International Conference on Transnational Crime, Universiti Utara Malaysia 
  • Director, Workshop on Intellectual Property in the Arabian Gulf States, Gulf Research Centre Cambridge (UK), 6th Annual Gulf Research Meeting, University of Cambridge, August 2015, and Proceedings Editor

Practical Experience

A former army officer and career professional in senior university management, Professor David Price has been active as a senior manager, external consultant and academic in the higher education profession for over 40 years.  He has worked, consulted, and researched in institutions in Australia, UK, the British Commonwealth, Europe, South Africa, and the Middle East.
David was formerly foundation University Registrar of the Northern Territory University (now Charles Darwin University), and Principal of Sohar College of Applied Sciences (now Sohar University), Sultanate of Oman

Teaching Experience

David Price is Associate Professor in the School of Law since 2010. His major areas of academic research and teaching are intellectual property law, public international law, and international trade law.  He has a particular interest in intellectual property protection regimes in the Middle East and other developing regions, and the impact of bilateral trade agreements on intellectual property protection regimes. He is a Visiting Professor in the International Law program at Universitas Gadjah Mada (UGM), Jogjakarta, Indonesia.  Additionally, David has substantial a lot of experience in mooting competitions, experience, having mentored the UGM mooting teams at the Willem C Vis International Mooting Competitions, and has judged in the LAWASIA International Mooting Competitions and the International Committee of the Red Cross International Humanitarian Law Moot Competition Indonesian rounds.

Research interests

Professor Price’s primary research focus is the development and enforcement of intellectual property protection regimes in the Arabian Gulf States (Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, and Yemen).  His research encompasses the challenges faced by developing countries in establishing their own intellectual property protection regimes and the extent to which their own traditional knowledge/cultural heritage is protected (or not protected) under legal regimes largely driven by external forces. 
This focus has since expanded to three inter-twined areas, namely, the inter-relationship between intellectual property law, public international law and international trade law.   Three countries/regions are used as exemplars – The Arabian Gulf (GCC), neighbour Indonesia and Australia – and a common thread is the treatment of traditional knowledge and cultural heritage under a western-based IP regime.  A classic example of the inter-twining of these three areas is the dispute over Australia’s tobacco plain packaging legislation, which involves IP (trademarks), international law (treaties), and trade (bilateral trade agreements), on which David has widely published.   This research has recently been extended to encompass Investor-state dispute settlement (ISDS) provisions in bilateral investment treaties and regional free trade agreements   which include intellectual property and to which the Gulf states, Indonesia, or Australia are party.

David is currently supervising a number of research students at PhD and Master’s by research level.

Selected publications


  •  Intellectual Property Legal Regimes in the Arabian Gulf States: Infidels at the Gates, Routledge-Cavendish, UK, April 2009, re-released in paperback June 2012.
  •  Intellectual Property Commentary and Materials (Thomson Reuters, 2011).

Chapters in Books

  • “Indonesian Cultural Heritage Protection in the Pacific Rim context”, in Between the Mountain and the Sea: Positioning Indonesia, Yale Indonesia Forum, Gadjah Mada Press, Indonesia, November 2013    
  • “GCC Intellectual Property Regimes: Global harmonisation or regional integration”, in The GCC Economies Stepping up to the Future, Springer UK, April 2012 

Selected Refereed Articles (over last decade only)

  • (with Fenton A), “Tackling ISIS – Indonesia’s legal position on the “foreign terrorist fighters” threat”, Australian Journal of Asian Law, Vol. 16 No. 1 July 2015.
  • (with Soares S), “Regulating Private Security Companies (PSCs) and Private Military Companies (PMCs) under the Law of Timor-Leste”, Jurnal Mimbar Hukum, Fakultas Hukum Universitas Gadjah Mada, Indonesia, Vol. 26, No. 3, October 2014
  • (with Fenton, A), “Forbidden Funds – Indonesia’s New Legislation for Countering the Financing Of Terrorism”, Australian Journal of Asian Law, Vol. 15, No. 1, July 2014.
  • “Where there’s smoking, there’re fireworks: The Australian Government’s Tobacco Plain Packaging Act 2011 and the Tobacco Companies’ Response”, Intellectual Property and Entertainment Law Committee Newsletter, International Bar Association, Vol. 4, Issue 1, September, 2012. 
  • “The Business Software Alliance 2011 Global software Piracy Study: the UAE sets the standard for software protection in the Gulf”, Intellectual Property and Entertainment Law Committee Newsletter, International Bar Association, Vol. 3, Issue 1, October 2011. 
  • “Politics, Piracy and Punishment: Copyright Protection in the Arabian Gulf”, Journal of World Intellectual Property, June 2011.
  • “Protection of Chinese Geographical Indications”, China Trademark, June 2010 (in Chinese).
  • “The Resale Royalty for Visual Artists Bill 2008: Australia’s Own Droit de Suite Scheme – Rough Sketch or Masterpiece?” Australasian Law Teachers Association Journal, December 2009.
  • “The Multicultural Trade Mark: Registration in Australia of Trade Marks With Foreign Language Elements”, Australasian Law Teachers Association Journal, December 2008.
  • “The End of the Rainbow – Recent Judicial Decisions on the Registration of Colour Trademarks”, Proceedings of the Australasian Law Teachers Association, March 2008.
  • “Built Upon Shifting Sands – Warning Signs for the US Middle East Free Trade Area Strategy”, International Review of Business Research Papers (IBRP), Vol 4, No. 2, March 2008.
  • “The Dynamics of IP Protection in the Arab Gulf States”, International Review of Business Research Papers (IRBRP), Vol. 3, No. 1, March 2007, ISSN No. 1832-9543

Courses Recently Taught

LWA318 International Law
LWA316 Intellectual Property Law
LWA330 Cyber Law
LWC304 Research Paper
LWZ100A Introduction to Legal Studies
Legal Interpretation (Universitas Gadjah Mada)
Agreements of the World Trade Organisation (Universitas Gadha Mada)

David Price Senior Law lecturer


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