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Mr. Surasing Phukhae


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Member of the Durham Law School  

Biography

Since October 2021, Surasing has been a full-time doctoral candidate at the Durham law school. He received his LLB in Law and Human Rights from the University of Essex and his LLM in Innovation, Technology, and the Law from the University of Edinburgh. In 2020, he was a legal researcher at the Department of Legal and Treaties Affairs, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Bangkok, Thailand, focusing on international trade law.

Current Research

Surasing's doctoral research explores how blockchain and smart contracts can assist biotechnology innovators comply with the morality exclusion in patent law. On the one hand, morality exclusion seeks to discourage immoral innovations by prohibiting patentability in the face of public order or morality. Such exclusion, on the other hand, is viewed as a policy lever for judges and patent examiners, and it prevents biotechnological incentives due to a lack of protection. His research proposes blockchain technology and smart contracts as a distributed and decentralised platform for circumventing legal constraints and harmonising the biotechnology industry.

Research Group
  • Centre for Ethics and Law in the Life Sciences