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Alexandra George

Associate Professor in Law, UNSW Sydney

Dr Alexandra George joined the UNSW Law Faculty in 2007, having had earlier academic appointments at Queen Mary, University of London, the University of Wales, Swansea and the University of Exeter in the UK. She has also worked at the European University Institute, Florence, Italy and at the University of Sydney, has practised as an intellectual property and media lawyer, was Associate to Justice MF Moore in the Federal Court of Australia and the Industrial Relations Court of Australia, and worked in journalism at Reuters.

Alexandra’s research focuses on international intellectual property and the philosophy of intellectual property law. Recent publications examine issues of jurisdiction and enforcement in international intellectual property law, including intellectual property implications of Brexit. Her research also examines issues such as the metaphysics and structure of intellectual property law, and ‘property’ concepts in the commodification of intangible objects.

Her book Constructing Intellectual Property (Cambridge University Press, 2012) examines the ways in which the legal system defines into existence and regulates intellectual property. By analyzing the metaphysical structure of intellectual property law and the concepts the legal system uses to construct 'intellectual property', the book helps to explain the role of intellectual property from a structural -- rather than the traditional normative -- perspective.

In 2013, Alexandra received a Vice-Chancellor’s Award for Teaching Excellence at UNSW. In 2016, she was named 'Academic of the Year' at the national Lawyers Weekly Women in Law Awards, and awarded a Pro Bono Award for her work for The Arts Law Centre of Australia.


  • –present
    Associate Professor in Law , University of New South Wales


    Australian National University , Doctor of Philosophy
    University of Sydney , Bachelor of Arts (Honours)
    University of Sydney , Bachelor of Laws (Honours)
    University of Sydney , Master of Laws (Honours)
    University of London, Post Graduate Certificate in Academic Practice
    University of Sydney , Master of Jurisprudence (Honours)
    College of Law, Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice

Research Areas

  • Intellectual Property Law (180115)
  • Legal Theory, Jurisprudence And Legal Interpretation (180122)


'Academic of the Year', Australian Lawyers Weekly Women in Law Awards (2016); UNSW Vice-Chancellor’s Award for Teaching Excellence (2013)