College of Law

Research Area(s)

  • Environmental, natural resources and resource development, and agricultural law
  • Property law

Professional Education

  • LLM (Saskatchewan)
  • LLB (Leicester)
  • Lecturer, Faculty of Law, Australian Centre for Environmental Law


Martin Phillipson joined the Faculty in 1999. Prior to joining the Faculty he held teaching positions at Osgoode Hall Law School, Victoria University of Wellington in New Zealand and at the Australian National University. He received his LLB from Leicester University in the UK, and obtained his LLM from the University of Saskatchewan in 1991. Professor Phillipson's teaching and research interests lie in the fields of intellectual property law, biotechnology law, international environmental law and the law of property. Professor Phillipson was appointed Co-editor in Chief of the Journal Of Environmental Law & Practice in 2003. The Journal is published by Thomson-Carswell and is Canada's leading peer-reviewed environmental law publication. Professor Phillipson is a frequent media commentator on issues relating to agricultural biotechnology and has appeared on CBC's The National & As it Happens. He has also been interviewed by The Canadian Bar Association's National Magazine and the Western Producer in Canada. In the United States he has been interviewed by Legal Affairs and US News & World Report. Professor Phillipson has also acted as a consultant to the United Nations Environment Programme & The Australian Federal Government.

Publications and Research Work

Giving Away the Farm? The Rights & Obligations of Biotechnology Multinationals (2005) 16:2 King’s College Law Journal. Hart Publishing: London, UK.

Goliath v Schmeiser? (2004) Genewatch: Council for Responsible Genetics: Cambridge, MA, with Bereano, Phil

The International Regulation of Trade in the Products of Biotechnology, (2002) Estey Centre for Law and Economics in International Trade with Issac, G. and Kerr, B

The US Withdrawal from the Kyoto Protocol. (2001) 36 The Irish Jurist, at 290. Sweet & Maxwell: Dublin, Ireland

Containing the GM Revolution (2001) 48 Biotechnology and Development Monitor (TNU:Amsterdam, Netherlands)