- Kathy Bowrey
BA LLB Macq, SJD Syd
Dr Kathy Bowrey is Professor in the Faculty of Law at the University of New South Wales, Sydney Australia.
Her research explores laws and practices that inform the production, distribution and reception of Australian culture and knowledge creation, with a particular interest in analysing the impact of the regulatory environment on creative practice, public institutions and understandings of community, identity and nationhood. Her primary expertise relates to intellectual property, media and information technology regulation, informed by legal history, feminist legal scholarship and a concern for Indigenous rights.
Areas of expertise
Intellectual Property Theory and History, Technology and Innovation, Globalisation and domestic law reform, Critical Theory, Indigenous Rights Law, Cultural policy.
With her colleague Dr Catherine Bond, Professor Bowrey is a grateful recipient of an Australian Research Council Discovery Grant, "Australian Made: A History of Australian Copyright Law and Creator Success 1868-1968". This project evaluates the role of copyright law in the development of Australian culture, involving an investigation of the business and legal relations of iconic Australian and resident New Zealand creators: playwright and best selling ‘shilling shocker’ writer Fergus Hume (NZ); prima donna and recording artist Nellie Melba; painter and writer Norman Lindsay; children’s author and commercial artist May Gibbs; film director, producer and publicist Ken Hall; composer, performer, recording artist and folk music historians Percy Grainger and Alfred Hill (NZ); and the first internationally renown Australian Aboriginal artist, Albert Namatjira. The research examines how copyright law actually worked to support creative outputs and develop the Australian culture industries. It also considers how success required the development of collecting agencies, public funding bodies and infrastructure to support local art production.
Bowrey is also currently writing a history of intellectual property that traces the industry of play and the commodification of childhood from the late nineteenth century to the late twentieth century. It connects a social and business history of consumption with the development of intellectual property rights and the expansion of global cultural trade.
Current PhD students
Jani McCutcheon, 'Literary Character Appropriation: Copyright and Moral Rights Issues', (Kathy Bowrey/Michael Handler)
Huiyang Li, 'Copyright in the Internet Age: Access to Information Versus Creator Incentives', (Michael Handler/Kathy Bowrey)
Rebecca McEwen, 'The first female barristers in Australia'. (Justine Rogers/Kathy Bowrey)
Sarah McGrath, 'The business of justice: The role of corporations in transnational justice' (Andrea Durbach/Justine Nolan/Kathy Bowrey)
Louise Buckingham, "Complexity or chaos? International legal and cultural institutions and their responses to the demands of traditional knowledge holders”. (Kathy Bowrey/Michael Handler)
Marie Hadley, “Protection of Indigenous Cultural Expressions by Intellectual Property Law”. (Kathy Bowrey/BenGolder)
Susanne Lloyd Jones, “The Parallel Interface: National Security and Communication Regulation in the Era of Convergence and Global Terrorism”. (Kathy Bowrey/Derek Wilding (UTS))
K Bowrey & C Bond, (2014-2016) Australian Made: A History of Australian Copyright Law and Creator Success 1868-1968.
K Bowrey & M Handler ARC Discovery Grant (2009-2011) Entertainment Rights in the Age of the Franchise: A reappraisal of personality rights under Australian Intellectual Property Laws.
Prof GW Greenleaf; Prof MD Pendleton; Prof K Bowrey; Dr M Rimmer; Mr BC Mercurio; Prof BF Fitzgerald; Prof JP McKeough; Prof P Griffith; Mr P Chung; Prof J Dalziel; Mr I Oi; Mr PM Crisp ARC Linkage Project (2005-2009): Unlocking IP - Expanding public rights and the public domain in Australian copyright (LP0562485)