Professor John Swinson


School of Law
Faculty of Business, Economics and Law
+61 7 336 54750


John Swinson's principal interests are intellectual property law, Internet law, privacy law, cybersecurity law and the application of law to new technologies.

John commenced as a part-time professor at the T.C. Beirne School of Law in November 2017. John graduated from the T.C. Beirne School of Law in 1998 with a University Medal. He also has a Bachelor of Arts majoring in computer science from The University of Queensland and a Master of Laws from Harvard Law School where he studied as a Fulbright Fellow and a Frank Knox Scholar. From 1999 until 2017, John was an adjunct professor at QUT.

John was a partner at the law firm King & Wood Mallesons from 1999 to 2021. He was also Chairman of the auDA Policy Review Panel, which made recommendations to the auDA Board to revise Australia's domain name policies in 2019.

Since 2000, John has been an arbitrator for the World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO) in Geneva, and has decided over 650 disputes regarding the ownership of domain names.


  • Masters (Coursework) of Law, Harvard University


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  • Master Philosophy

  • Master Philosophy

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Book Chapter

  • Swinson, John (2024). Technology & IP / Artificial intelligence & IP. Practical Guidance. (pp. 1-1) Sydney, NSW Australia: LexisNexis.

  • Gunning, Patrick, Lange, Michaela and Swinson, John (2015). The PPSA and security interests over intellectual property. Australian Finance Law. (pp. 649-660) edited by John Stumbles. Sydney, NSW, Australia: Lawbook Co..

  • Swinson, John and Howley, Jessica (2010). Intellectual Property. Personal property securities in Australia. (pp. 4.9.50-4.9.1550) edited by Steve Edwards, Craig Wappett and Bruce Whittaker . Chatswood, NSW Australia: LexisNexis.

  • Swinson John and Middleton, Gaye (2000). Patents in cyberspace: electronic commerce and business method patents. Going Digital 2000: legal issues for e-commerce, software, and the internet. (pp. ---) edited by Fitzgerald, Anne, Fitzgerald, Peter Cook and Cifuentes, Christina. New South Wales: Prospect Media.

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PhD and MPhil Supervision

Current Supervision

  • Master Philosophy — Principal Advisor

  • Master Philosophy — Principal Advisor