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Associate Professor in Commercial Law, Te Herenga Waka — Victoria University of Wellington

Dr Jessica Lai researches in intellectual property, especially patent law and the protection of traditional knowledge. She has published numerous articles, chapters, books and edited books in these fields, and is the author of Indigenous Cultural Heritage and Intellectual Property Rights (Springer 2014) and co-author of Patent Law and Policy (with Susy Frankel, LexisNexis 2016). Jessica has also taught related classes at the University of Geneva, University of Lucerne, Goethe University in Frankfurt, Stockholm University and Uppsala University.

Jessica has a doctorate in law (summa cum laude) from the University of Lucerne, Switzerland. Between February 2015 and July 2016, she was a Swiss National Science Foundation Postdoctoral Fellow at the Max-Planck Institute for Innovation and Competition in Munich. Before moving go Switzerland, Jessica studied law and chemistry at Victoria University of Wellington, where she obtained an LLB Hons (First Class), MSc (First Class) and BSc.


  • –present
    Senior Lecturer in Commercial Law, Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand, Victoria University of Wellington


  • 2013 
    University of Lucerne, Dr iur.