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Robert Burrell
Professor of Law at The University of Sheffield and University of Melbourne


Academic Profile:

I joined Sheffield in October 2013 having spent the previous 12 years living and working in Australia. During my time in Australia I held a number of academic appointments including at the Australian National University and the University of Western Australia (where I retain a visiting position). I also spent part of my time working as a registered trade marks attorney, eventually helping to establish a new boutique firm that specialises in intellectual property. In my role as an attorney I appeared in seven cases before the Australian Trade Mark Office and was heavily involved in other cases before the Federal Court of Australia. Before moving to Australia I lectured at King’s College London. I have held visiting positions at the University of Cambridge and at the Benjamin N. Cardoxo School of Law in New York. My two most significant current research projects are historical in focus. One project is concerned with the evolution of the registered trade mark system in the first 30 years of its operation (1875-1905). The other project looks at Parliamentary Rewards for inventors in the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries. The aim of these projects is to make us rethink how elements of our current intellectual property system evolved.


PhD, Griffith University

Graduate Diploma in Trade Mark Practice,

University of Technology, Sydney LLM,

University of London LLB, King’s College London

Featured Publications: 

  • K. Weatherall, R Burrell, 'Exporting Controversy? Reactions to the Copyright Provisions of the U.S.-Australia Free Trade Agreement: Lessons for U.S. Trade Policy' 2008 (2) University of Illinois Journal of Law, Technology and Policy 259-319
  • R Burrell, 'Trade Mark Bureaucracies' in Greame B. Dinwoodie, Mark D. Janis (eds), Trademark Law and Theory: A Handbook of Contemporary Research (Edward Elgar, 2008) 95-131
  • R Burrell, M Handler, 'The Intersection Between Registered and Unregistered Trade Marks' (2007) 35 (3) Federal Law Review 375-397
  • R Burrell, 'Copyright Reform in the Early Twentieth Century: The View from Australia' (2006) 27 (3) The Journal of Legal History 239-267
  • R Burrell, A Coleman, Copyright Exceptions: The Digital Impact (Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, United Kingdom 2005)
  • R Burrell, S Hubicki, 'Patent Liability and Genetic Drift' (2005) 7 (4) Environmental Law Review 278-286