Let’s Reimagine Intellectual Property Rights Regime: the Australian Perspective


  • Haydn Rigby School of Business and Law, Edith Cowan University, Australia
  • Nikos Koutras School of Business and Law, Edith Cowan University, Australia


This paper discusses aspects of economic analysis of law developed as a result of the current status quo on the continuous development of the Internet, as well as the required evolution of legal theory on intellectual property rights (IPRs). The emergence and movement of law and economics has captured various segments of policymaking, including the discipline of IPRs in law. With the seminal work of Ronald Coase, Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences, this movement has evolved as a significant branch of legal theory (1960).

Author Biographies

  • Haydn Rigby, School of Business and Law, Edith Cowan University, Australia

    Haydn obtained his Bachelor of Laws from the University of Western Australia in 1988 and was admitted to practice later that year after completing articles at Kott Gunning. From 1990, Haydn worked at the Australian Government Solicitor’s office as a legal officer conducting major asset transfers, customs prosecutions, tax recovery, corporate receiverships and bankruptcy before returning to private practice and setting up his own legal practice in 1996 which he balanced with part time university teaching and working as a senior case officer at the Child Support Agency.

    Haydn joined full time academia in 2007 at Notre Dame University Australia and held various positions as senior lecturer/associate dean before joining Murdoch University in 2011 working as senior lecturer/academic chair before returning to private practice in 2014 to establish his own firm, practising in family law and commercial matters. Haydn returned to full time academia in 2019 as lecturer under a fixed term contract with Curtin University and joined ECU in 2021 in a full time permanent position as lecturer.

  • Nikos Koutras, School of Business and Law, Edith Cowan University, Australia

    Nikos obtained a PhD in Law from Macquarie University (Australia) in April 2018 and a PhD in Political Sciences from Ionian University (Greece) in March 2015. During his first PhD at Ionian University, he was a part time research fellow in the School of Information and Informatics where he worked on a research project related to the open access repository of the Ionian University library and its operation framework. He worked as research fellow with Dr Aashish Srivastava, School of Business and Law at Monash University on a research project regarding the Consumers Right Directive 2011/83/EU. Since completion of his PhD in Law, Nikos held post-doctoral positions at the Faculty of Law of University of Trento (Italy) and the Faculty of Law of the University of Antwerp (Belgium), respectively, conducting research on open science, governance, and the implications to copyright regulations in the European Union.