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International Conference on Aquaculture & Fisheries

Brisbane, Australia

Fran Humphries

Fran Humphries

Griffith University


Fran Humphries is a PhD candidate at Griffith University researching the role of patent law defenses for sharing aquatic genetic material in aquaculture. She has worked as a Judge’s Associate, legal practitioner, policy maker, legislation drafter, mediator and law lecturer. Fran has developed significant policy and legislation for managing Queensland’s fisheries resources, aquaculture, agriculture and Indigenous customary fishing and has published in the area of patent law. Fran also holds a Bachelor of Arts/Laws (Honors) degree from the University of Queensland and a Master of Laws degree from Dalhousie University Canada specializing in Traditional Ecological Knowledge and the precautionary principle.


Abstract : Patenting genetic material in aquaculture: a red herring or an emerging issue to tackle?