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Assistant Professor of Durham Law SchoolPCL139+44 (0) 191 33 46862
Member of Durham CELLS (Centre for Ethics and Law in the Life Sciences)  
Member of Institute of Commercial and Corporate Law  

Biography

Mike Adcock is a Lecturer at the Department of Law, Durham University. He obtained a PhD in plant sciences from the University of Sheffield in 1992 and worked for many years in science on a variety of projects. In 1999 he moved to the School of Law, University of Sheffield, to work on an EU funded project entitled Plant Intellectual Property (PIP). The main aim of the PIP project was to look at the attitudes towards and use of, intellectual property rights by the European plant breeding community. He gained a postgraduate qualification in Law in May 2003 from Nottingham University. While at the University of Sheffield, he co-ordinated several projects funded from a variety of sources including “Bioethics-Today” a web based resource covering all aspects of bioethics in relation to modern biotechnology, “Bioethical Issues of Intellectual Property Rights” a project aimed at facilitating ethical, legal and social discussions within a multidisciplinary fora and “Co-Extra” looking into the legal issues surrounding the coexistence and traceability of genetically modified organisms. He is a co-author of a report entitled “Intellectual Property Rights and Genetics” which was published in July 2003. The study, funded by the UK’s Department of Health looked into the impact and management of intellectual property rights within the healthcare sector. He was co-author of a report on “The Use of Patents by Governments: A Comparative Study of Compulsory Licences and Government Use” commission in 2005 by Health Canada.
Teaching Areas
Intellectual Property and Biotechnology Relationship between science, law and bioethics.

Research interests

  • Intellectual property rights (IPRs) and biotechnology
  • IPRs and access to medicines
  • Protection of plant genetic resources
  • IPRs and bioethics

Research groups

  • Centre for Chinese Law and Policy
  • Centre for Ethics and Law in the Life Sciences
  • Durham European Law Institute
  • Institute of Commercial and Corporate Law

Research Projects

  • Grants

Publications

Authored book

Book review

  • Adcock, M.D. (2002). Farmers' Rights under the new Protection of Plant Varieties and Farmers' Rights Act and UPOV. The Hindu Times

Chapter in book

  • Adcock, M D. & Kinderlerer, J. (2005). The Detail of Law relating to Modern Biotechnology. In BioTechnology-Ethics. Landeweerd, Houdebine & ter Meulen. Firenze, Italy: Angelo Pontecorboli Editore. 189-194.
  • Adcock, M.D. (2005). The Relationship between IP and other Biotech Law. In Bio Technology-Ethics. Firenze, Italy: Angelo Pontecorboli Editore. 195-200.
  • Adcock. M D. & Kinderlerer, J. (2004). The Regulation of Genomics: What did we learn from the GMO story? In Genomics for Biosafety in Plant Biotechnology. Nap, Atanassov & Stiekema. Amsterdam: IOS Press. 223-246.
  • Adcock, M,D. & Kinderlerer, J. (2003). Agricultural Biotechnology, Politics, Ethics and Policy. In Biotechnology, Agriculture and Food Security in Southern Africa. Washington USA.: International Food Policy Research Institute. 71-112.

Conference Proceeding

  • Adcock, M.D. (2005). Coexistence, Liability and redress for GM Crops, Nordic Workshop on Liability and compensation in relation to co-existence of GM, conventional and organic crops. Coexistence, Liability and redress for GM Crops, Nordic Workshop on Liability and compensation in relation to co-existence of GM, conventional and organic crops, Copenhagen, Denmark..
  • Adcock, M.D. (2005). The Experimental Use Exception, Ethical Issues in Biotechnology R&D and Technology Transfer. The Experimental Use Exception, Ethical Issues in Biotechnology R&D and Technology Transfer, Tokyo, Japan.

Journal Article

Other (Print)

  • Adcock, M.D. & Llewelyn, M. (2000). Micro-organisms, Definitions and Options under TRIPs.

Presentation

  • Adcock, M.D. (2006), The Use Of Intellectual Property to Encourage Investment In Developing Countries, Intellectual Property and Technology Transfer in Life Sciences: A North-South Dialogue. Trieste, Italy, Trieste.

Report

  • Adcock, M.D., Burton, A., Hunt, A., Odell, P. & Swiecka, J. (2005). Report on The Use of Patents by Governments: A Comparative Study of Compulsory Licences and Government Use, for Health Canada.
  • Cornish, W.R., Llewelyn, M. & Adcock, M.D. (2003). Intellectual Property Rights (IPRs) and Genetics - A Study into the Impact and Management of Intellectual Property Rights within the Healthcare Sector. Cambridge, Public Health Genetics Unit.

Supervision students