John Swinson

Professor of Law, The University of Queensland

Area of expertise

Copyright, Patent, Trademark, Trade secret, Internet law, Privacy law, Technology, IT/IP litigation.


Bachelor of Arts (Computer Science), University of Queensland - 1986, Bachelor of Laws (First Class Honours and Gold Medal), University of Queensland - 1988, Fulbright Scholar - 1990, Master of Laws, Harvard Law School - 1991

About John

John Swinson is a Professor of Law at The University of Queensland, where he teaches privacy law, cybersecurity law, and Internet & IT law. John is an expert panelist for WIPO in relation to intellectual property arbitrations and domain name disputes, and is admitted to practice as a lawyer in both Australia and New York State. John was Chair of the auDA Policy Review Panel from 2017 to 2019. He graduated from Harvard Law School in 1991, in the graduating class with Barack Obama.

From 1999 to July 2021, was a Partner in the Brisbane office of King & Wood Mallesons where he specialised in intellectual property and technology law. He acted for many high profile technology corporations, internet companies, investors and financial institutions. He has considerable experience in the domestic and international aspects of copyright, patent, trademark, trade secret, Internet and privacy laws, including having litigated a number of leading cases.