Prof Brian Fitzgerald with QUT researchers

Colleagues, former students and members of the legal profession are invited to join us to celebrate Brian’s achievements at QUT and to farewell him as he leaves to take up his new role as the foundation Executive Dean of Law at the Australian Catholic University.

Time: Wednesday 14 March, 4.30 – 7.00pm

Place:  Old Government House, QUT (Gardens Point Campus, 2 George St, Brisbane, see location map)

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QUT Law School has played a central role in Brian’s life for almost 30 years.  He graduated from QUT Law School in 1988 – the first year QUT was a university – and was awarded the University Medal.  Following a year as a Research Associate at the High Court of Australia he became the first QUT Law graduate to study for the BCL at Oxford University and later graduated from Harvard Law School.  During this time Brian pioneered research and teaching on law and the internet and developed an international reputation in the areas of intellectual property, internet and cyberlaw, publishing extensively and delivering addresses at numerous international conferences.  In 1998 he was named QUT Law Faculty’s Alumnus of the Year.  After a term as Head of the School of Law and Justice at Southern Cross University (NSW), Brian returned to QUT 10 years ago (2002) to take up the position of Head of the School of Law.  In 2007 he established the Intellectual Property and Innovation research group within the Faculty of Law where he has led post-graduate teaching and research and has built a strong network of Australian and international collaborators. Since 2005 he has been awarded more than $5 million in research funding including as Chief Investigator with the ARC Centre of Excellence for Creative Innovation.  As well as supervising numerous PhDs through to completion, Brian has spear-headed a group of applied research projects which have had a significant impact on thinking and practice in Australia and worldwide, including Creative Commons, the Open Access to Knowledge Law (OAK Law) project, the Legal Framework for eResearch Project, the Government Information Licensing Framework project (in association with the CRC for Spatial Information) and the Peer-to-Patent project (with IP Australia).  More recently, he has been actively engaged in law review and reform, participating by Ministerial invitation as a member of the ground-breaking Government 2.0 Taskforce in 2009, as well as the Advisory Council on Intellectual Property (ACIP) and the Queensland Law Reform Commission (since 2010).

Although Brian is leaving QUT, he will continue to be associated with the Law Faculty and will remain keenly interested in QUT’s ongoing success.

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