Daniel Robinson

Research Fellow

Dr Daniel Robinson is a Senior Lecturer and the Masters Coordinator at the Institute of Environmental Studies, the University of New South Wales (UNSW), Sydney, Australia. Daniel has worked for several years on environmental, social and legal issues relating to biodiversity, traditional knowledge and life science innovation. This work has focused particularly in Southeast Asia, the Pacific and Australia. On these topics Daniel has produced research, policy papers and/or been advisor to several organisations including the National Human Rights Commission of Thailand (2005-2006), the ICTSD-UNCTAD joint project on intellectual property (2005-2007), the Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat (2007), the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) (2008, 2014), United Nations University (UNU) (2010), Natural Justice (since 2010), & Union for Ethical Biotrade (UEBT) (2011). Since 2012 he has been contributing to the GIZ-led Multi-Donor Access and Benefit-Sharing (ABS) Capacity Development Initiative in the Pacific. He has published a number of papers on ABS, traditional knowledge, Indigenous customary law, IP and development, transfer of technology, and traditional medicines. Daniel has a PhD entitled ‘Biodiversity-Related Traditional Knowledge in Thailand: Intellectual Property Relations and Geographies of Knowledge Regulation’from the University of Sydney, as well as a diploma in environmental law and an honours degree in environmental science. He recently completed the book: Biodiversity, Access and Benefit-Sharing: Global Case Studies (Forth. 2014, Routledge/Earthscan, Oxon) which is a follow up to the earlier book Confronting Biopiracy: Challenges, Cases and International Debates (2010, Earthscan, London).