Christopher Arup


1975 …2019

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Christopher Arup is a professor adjunct to the Department of Business Law and Taxation.

Chris Arup's research, supervision and teaching interests concern innovation, intellectual property, international trade, competition law, the regulation of financial and professional services, and labour law. His work endeavours to be inter-disciplinary and he has long-term experience in regulatory studies and socio-legal studies.  Chris has considerable experience designing, evaluating, mentoring and editing research, including law, law and economy and law and society research. 

Recent ARC projects research: (a) the regulation of carbon credits within the international UN Clean Development Mechanism and the domestic schemes of China, Europe and the USA and (b) the theory and practice of employment restraints of trade in Australia.   He continues to research trade agreements, patent law and access to medicines in the Asian region.  A recent ARC project with a multidisciplinary team investigates supermarket chains - both as a source of private regulation and a subject of public regulation.  His focus is the competition for store sites and home delivery and the competition for workers.

His publications include two monographs with Cambridge University Press, Innovation, Law and Policy (1993) and The World Trade Organization Knowledge Agreements (2000, 2008) (TRIPS and GATS). He has co-edited several books, including Intellectual Property Policy Reform: Fostering Innovation and Development; Labour Law and Labour Market Regulation and Competition Policy with Legal Form.  Chris was co-founder and co-editor (between 1997 and 2017) of the international monograph series, Cambridge Studies in Law and Society.  He was editor of the La Trobe journal Law in Context.

Prior to joining Monash, Chris worked at La Trobe University and Victoria University. He has had visiting appointments at the Universities of Chicago, Durham, Melbourne, Sussex and Warwick. Chris has undertaken consultancy and project work for such organisations as the Brotherhood of St. Laurence, the Commonwealth Attorney-General's Department, the New South Wales Professional Standards Council, the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development, the Victorian Auditor-General, and the Victorian WorkCover and WorkCare agencies.  He is qualified to practise law and he has worked in community legal services.

Chris has been head of the law and legal studies schools at La Trobe (1989-1990 and 1998-2000) and Victoria (2006) and the department of business law and taxation at Monash (2009-2011).  In his time, he has taught contract, civil procedure, commercial law, intellectual property, labour law, legal writing, professional conduct, research methods, trade law and tort law.  He has organised various academic and professional conferences.

Research area keywords

  • Intellectual Property
  • International Trade Law
  • Regulatory Studies
  • Socio-Legal Studies
  • Labour Law

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Research Output

Enforcing labour standards in the supermarket food supply chain

Arup, C., 2019, In : Australian Journal of Labour Law. 32, 1, p. 103-122 20 p.

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Planning the ACT's Supermarket Competition Policy

Arup, C. & Taylor, J. P., 2018, In : Local Government Law Journal. 22, 3, p. 125-147 23 p.

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Regulating supermarkets: the competition for space

Arup, C., Beaton-Wells, C. & Taylor, J. P., 2017, In : University of New South Wales Law Journal. 40, 3, p. 1035-1071 37 p.

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Updating the labour market regulation perspective on labour law

Arup, C., 2017, The Evolving Project of Labour Law: Foundations, Development and Future Research Directions . Howe, J., Chapman, A. & I. L. (eds.). Leichhardt NSW Australia: Federation Press, p. 46-59 14 p.

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