Leanne Wiseman

Leanne is a Professor of Law at Griffith University and an Australian Research Council Future Fellow.

Leanne is the Founder and Chair of the Australian Repair Network. She is an interdisciplinary scholar whose policy-relevant research, at the intersection between IP law, data, new digital technologies, and the contracts that that accompany them, is addressing critical questions about the role that Intellectual Property plays in hindering or enabling access to new technologies.

Her interdisciplinary research on the significant legal challenges associated with the adoption of digital technologies within agriculture and the challenges that data ownership and access issues are causing within a range of broader industries has been recognised as world leading. Her current research focusses on balancing Intellectual Property rights with genuine access to information. Her ARC Future Fellowship project, “Unlocking Digital Innovation: Intellectual Property and the Right to Repair” is examining the emerging challenges that our software-embedded machines, devices and equipment are creating for individuals and society.  Leanne has a particular interest in examining the Right to Repair movement through an exploration of the international legal, regulatory and policy responses within the automotive, agricultural, consumer electronics, medical device and assistive technologies sectors.

Leanne will be joining the Rights and Revolutions panel.


Join us on 16 and 17 November for our 54th Annual Academy Symposium — Between humans & machines: exploring the pasts and futures of automation — as we explore the possibilities and hazards of automation, and the complexities of human-machine relations.

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The Australian Academy of the Humanities recognises Australia’s First Nations Peoples as the traditional owners and custodians of this land, and their continuous connection to country, community and culture.