Union Académique Internationale

Susy Frankel

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Professor Susy Frankel is an international research leader and preeminent New Zealand-based scholar in international intellectual property law and its links with international trade, as well as the protection of Indigenous peoples' knowledge. She is Chair in Intellectual Property and International Trade at the School of Law at Victoria University of Wellington. She was president (2015-2017) of the global intellectual property researchers’ association, ATRIP, and has been a visiting professor at leading universities including New York University and the University of Strasbourg. Professor Frankel’s scholarship has influenced the development of New Zealand’s intellectual property law and the interpretation of international agreements in the formation of domestic policy. In 2020 Susy was appointed as a member of the Waitangi Tribunal in New Zealand. It makes recommendations on claims brought by Māori relating to legislation, policies, actions or omissions of the Crown that are alleged to breach the promises made in the Treaty of Waitangi.