1975 …2021

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

Chris' legal research concerns innovation, trade and labour.  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. 

His most current research has been investigating supermarket supply networks - both as a source of private regulation and a subject of public regulation.  Studies have been made of food work, food product and food distribution.  Other recent ARC projects have researched: (a) the regulation of carbon reduction credits internationally and (b) the regulation of employment restraints of trade in Australia.  He also continues to research trade agreements, patent law and access to medicines.

His publications include two monographs with Cambridge University Press, Innovation, Policy and Law (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 an editor of the La Trobe journal Law in Context.

Chris has had visiting appointments at the Universities of Chicago, Durham, Melbourne, Sussex and Warwick.  He 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 and Victoria and the department of business law and taxation at Monash.  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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