Professor Alpana Roy

Alpana Roy

Dean of Law, Te Piringa Faculty of Law, University of Waikato

Qualifications: BA (Soc Sci) (UTS), LLB (Hons) (Syd), MA (Journalism) (UTS), DipLegPrac (College of Law), PhD (Syd), GCHETL (UTS), Solicitor and Barrister of the Supreme Court of NSW and the High Court of Australia, Accredited Mediator

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About Alpana

Professor Alpana Roy is a legal academic and practitioner, and an accredited mediator. Her areas of research expertise include intellectual property and information technology (IT) law, internet and domain name law, traditional and Indigenous knowledge, and alternative dispute resolution. Alpana has held academic positions at various universities, including the University of Sydney, the University of Technology, Sydney, the University of Queensland, and Western Sydney University. She has held a range of senior leadership and management roles in both academia and legal practice over the course of her career. Alpana is widely published in law, and is a commissioned author for several major legal publishers, including Oxford University Press, LexisNexis, Thomson Reuters, Federation Press, and CCH.

Apart from her academic career, Alpana is regularly engaged to work as a legal consultant and practitioner, and accredited mediator. She has extensive experience in Australian and international intellectual property and commercial law, having worked in Sydney for two top-tier corporate law firms, boutique specialist firms, as a Government lawyer, as in-house Counsel, and for various other private and public sector bodies (such as the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO)). Alpana has practised both as a solicitor and a barrister (at the Sydney Bar), accredited mediator, and has also worked internationally as a lawyer. She has been involved in a number of leading cases in the Federal Court of Australia.

Alpana is admitted to practice in NSW, and is on the Roll of Legal Practitioners for the High Court of Australia. As a mediator she is nationally accredited under the National Mediator Accreditation System (NMAS), and is accredited with the Law Society of NSW. Alpana has been appointed to a number of panels, including: the NSW Law Society Mediators Panel, the District Court of NSW Mediators Panel, and the Family Law Settlement Service (FLSS) Panel.

Educational Qualifications:

  • PhD, University of Sydney, Australia
  • LLB (Hons), University of Sydney, Australia
  • MA (Journalism), University of Technology, Sydney, Australia
  • BA (Soc Sci), University of Technology, Sydney, Australia
  • Graduate Certificate in Higher Education Teaching and Learning, University of Technology, Sydney, Australia

Professional Qualifications:

  • Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice, College of Law, Australia
  • Bar Practice Course, New South Wales Bar Association, Australia
  • Practitioner’s Certificate in Mediation, The Institute of Arbitrators & Mediators Australia

Professional Memberships

  • Law Society of New South Wales
  • Intellectual Property Society of Australia and New Zealand (IPSANZ)
  • International Trademark Association (INTA)
  • Copyright Society of Australia (CSA)
  • Internet Society of Australia.
  • .au Domain Administration Ltd (auDA).

Research Supervised

  • intellectual property law
  • information technology (IT) law
  • internet and domain name law
  • traditional and Indigenous knowledge
  • alternative dispute resolution

Research Interests

  • intellectual property law
  • information technology (IT) law
  • internet and domain name law
  • traditional and Indigenous knowledge
  • alternative dispute resolution

Recent Publications

  • Roy, A. (2022). The Evolution of Domain Name Law. In M. de Zwart,, A. Roy, M. Perry, M. Adams, M. Cormier, N. Selvadurai, & S. McKenzie (Eds.), Legal Issues in Information Technology (pp. 77-97). Sydney: Thomson Reuters.

  • de Zwart, M., Roy, A., Perry, M., Adams, M., Cormier, M., Selvadurai, N., & McKenzie, S. (Eds.) (2022). Legal issues in information technology. Thomson Reuters.

  • Roy, A. (2021). Intellectual property laws and Māori culture and identity: recent developments in New Zealand on the Ko Aotearoa Tēnei Report. European Intellectual Property Review, 43(4), 242-247.

  • Roy, A., & Marsoof, A. (2021). Trademarks, Free Speech, and Fair Competition in a World of New Generic Top-Level Domains. The Trademark Reporter, 111(5), 791-837. Retrieved from

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Indigenous Rights; Law

intellectual property law; information technology (IT) law; internet and domain name law; traditional and Indigenous knowledge; alternative dispute resolution.