UCL Faculty of Laws


2016 Sir Hugh Laddie lecture: patents and populism

22 June 2016, 6:00 pm–7:15 pm

Annabel Bennett

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UCL Cruciform Building, Gower Street, London WC1E 6BT

The 8th annual Sir Hugh Laddie lecture

Title: Patents and Populism
Speaker:  The Hon. Dr. Annabelle Bennett AO SC, former Judge of the Federal Court of Australia

Chaired by

The Rt Hon Professor Sir Robin Jacob, Sir Hugh Laddie Chair of Intellectual Property Law, UCL Laws

About the speaker and the lecture

Until March 2016 the Honourable Dr Annabelle Bennett AO SC served as a Judge of the Federal Court of Australia sitting on many intellectual property cases at first instance and on appeal, and as an additional judge of the Supreme Court of the ACT.  Prior to her appointment to the Federal Court of Australia Dr Bennett practised as a Senior Counsel specialising in intellectual property.  Dr Bennett has also served as President of the Copyright Tribunal of Australia, Chair of the National Health and Medical Research Council and as a Presidential Member of the Administrative Appeals Tribunal.

In April 2016 Dr Bennett was appointed Chancellor of Bond University.  She is an Arbitrator of the Court of Arbitration for Sport; Member of Chief Executive Women; and Member of the Advisory Board of the Faculty of Law at The Chinese University of Hong Kong . She was appointed an Officer of the Order of Australia in 2005.

Dr Bennett completed her BSc (Hons) and PhD in Cell Biology (the latter in the Faculty of Vet Science) at Sydney University and later obtained her law degree at the University of New South Wales. Her interest in biological sciences has led to membership of the Genetic Manipulation Advisory Committee, the Biotechnology Task Force, the Pharmacy Board of New South Wales and the Eastern Sydney Area Health Service.

Dr Bennett has also served as Pro-Chancellor of the Australian National University. In addition she has been a member of the Gene Patenting Advisory Committee of the Australian Law Reform Commission; member of the Advisory Group for the Dean of Medicine at The University of Sydney; Trustee of the Centennial Park and Moore Park Trust; Director of the Sydney Children’s Hospital Foundation; President of the Australian Academy of Forensic Sciences; President of Chief Executive Women; as well as a member of the Reference Group for the APEC Women Leaders’ Network Meeting 2007 and the Head of Delegation to the APEC Women Leaders’ Network Meeting 2008 in Peru.

In July 2011 she was awarded the honorary degree of Doctor of the University by the ANU.  In June 2016 she is to receive an honorary Doctor of Laws from the University of New South Wales.


This talk was accredited with 1 CPD hour by the BSB and SRA. It constitutes relevant CPD for IPReg.

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