UTS site search

Professor Jill McKeough


Professor Jill McKeough is  an eminent scholar in intellectual property law and her published work canvasses, among other things, the development of the digital economy, competition law, indigenous and cultural rights, e-commerce and knowledge management, freedom of information, and access for Australian business and consumers to books, software, entertainment products and educational resources. 

Jill McKeough returned to UTS in 2014 following appointment to the Australian Law Reform Commission (ALRC) as Commissioner in charge of a major review of copyright law, 2012-2013. Appointed Dean of the Faculty of Law at the University of Technology, Sydney (UTS) in 2005, Professor McKeough has extensive leadership experience in the tertiary sector including Head of School, Associate Dean (undergraduate) and Director of Postgraduate Programs in the Law Faculty at UNSW. In 2004 she was elected a member of UNSW University Council, serving until her appointment at UTS.


  • Appointed to International Legal Services Advisory Council (ILSAC) 2011
  • Board member Arts Law Centre of Australia (1999-2010)
  • Board member Jepson Foundation (2010 to present)
  • Member, Law Council of Australia's Intellectual Property Committee (1995-2009)
  • Member of the Law Admissions Consultative Committee (LACC) 2009 - present
  • Board member NSW Legal Profession Admission Board (LPAB) (2005-2010)
  • Board Member Professional Standards Board of Patent and Trade Mark Attorneys (2007 – 2013). Chair, Exemptions sub-committee of PSB.
  • Board member, AustLII Foundation, Board member Communications Law Centre (CLC) (1995-1998 and 2004). Chair Management Committees of AustlII, CLC and the UTS Anti-Slavery Centre.
  • Board member, Jepson Foundation (2007 - 2013).

Previous external Boards and activities in addition to those above:

  • Board Member, Institute for Biomedical Research (University of Sydney) (2001-2005); and UNSW Cyberspace Law and Policy Centre (1999-2005)
  • Employer appointed Board member, UNSW Professorial Superannuation Board (2001 – 2005)
  • Intellectual Property and Competition Review Committee (IPCRC) 1999-2000
  • Consultant Australian Law Reform Commission 2003-2004 (Gene Patenting and Human Health Reference)
  • Editorial Board of New Zealand Business Law Quarterly (since 2004)
  • Member, Copyright Sub-committee of AVCC for over 10 years then Standing Committee on Information Policy (SCIP) which replaced it (until 1995). 
  • ARC expert assessor/Expert of International Standing, 1991 - present

Image of Jill McKeough
Professor, Faculty of Law
+61 2 9514 8034

Research Interests

Selected publications:

Copyright and the Digital Economy – Australian Law Reform Commission Report 122, published February 2014; Discussion paper 79, June 2012; Issues Paper 42, August 2012. http://www.alrc.gov.au/publications/copyright-report-122

Horses and the Law: The Enduring Legacy of Victoria Park Racing in Landmarks in Australian Intellectual property Law (eds Kenyon, Richardson and Ricketson), 2009

Intellectual Property: Commentary and Materials , 4th edition, Thomson LBC 2006 (with Professor Kathy Bowrey and Professor Philip Griffith of UTS)

Intellectual Property in Australia, 3rd edition, Lexis Nexis 2004 (with Professor Andrew Stewart of Flinders University and Professor Philip Griffith of UTS)

Consumer Protection Law 5th edition,Goldring, Maher, McKeough and Pearson Federation Press, 1998. 

  • Supervising UTS:LAW  PhD students writing in the areas of IP and competition law and the Economic Analysis of Copyright Law.

Can supervise: Yes
Available for undergraduate, postgraduate coursework and higher degree research supervision in: • Competition Law • Intellectual Property Law

  • Intellectual Property


McKeough, J., Griffith, P.B. & Stewart, A. 2010, Intellectual Property in Australia, 4th, Butterworths, Australia.
Griffith, P.B., McKeough, J. & Bowrey, K. 2006, Intellectual Property: Commentary and Materials, 4, Law Book Co.
McKeough, J., Stewart, A. & Griffith, P.B. 2004, Intellectual Property in Australia, 3rd, Butterworths, Chatswood, Australia.
McKeough, J., Stewart, A. & Griffith, P.B. 2004, Intellectual Property in Australia, Lexis Nexis Butterworths, Australia.
McKeough, J., Griffith, P.B. & Stewart, A. 2004, Intellectual Property in Australia, Third, Lexis Nexis Butterworths.
McKeough, J., Bowrey, K. & Griffith, P.B. 2002, Intellectual Property: Commentary and materials, 3rd, Thomson Legal and Regulatory Group, Pyrmont NSW Australia.
This book deals with the area of the knowledge economy and the essential aspects of the nature of property rights involved in copyright, patents, designs, trademarks, protection for confidential information and passing off. The book adopts a particular perspective on analysing those rights and has sold so well it has been re-printed and the publisher has requested a new edition, manuscript delivered in August 2006.
Ergas, H., McKeough, J. & Stonier, S. 2000, Review of Intellectual Property Legislation Under the Competition Principles Agreement, IP Australia.
Goldring, J., Maher, L., McKeough, J. & Pearson, G. 1998, Consumer Protection Law, Fifth, The Federation Press, Sydney.
McKeough, J. & Stewart, A. 1997, Intellectual Property in Australia, Second, Butterworths, Australia.
Goldring, J., Maher, L. & McKeough, J. 1992, Consumer Protection In Australia, fourth edition, Federation Press, Annandale, NSW Australia.
McKeough, J. & Stewart, A. 1991, Intellectual Property in Australia, 1, Butterworths, Australia.
McKeough, J. & Blakeney, M. 1987, Industrial and Intellectual Property: Cases and Commentary, The Law Book Co.
Goldring, J., Maher, L. & McKeough, J. 1987, Consumer Protection in Australia, third edition, Butterworths, Sydney Australia.


McKeough, J. 2009, 'Horses and the Law: the Enduring Legacy of Victoria Park Racing' in Kenyon, A., Richarson, M. & Ricketson, S. (eds), Landmarks in Australian Intellectual Property Law, Cambridge University Press, Melbourne, Australia, pp. 53-72.
View/Download from: UTS OPUS
The Victoria Park Racing and Recreation Ground was a popular racecourse in Sydney in the 1930s. Built on an open fairground, the owners erected a.fence around the track to ensure that only ticket buyers could watch the action or place bets on the races. The defendant, Taylor, built a tower that was uS:d by a Mr Angles to peer over the fence and, using a telephone, broadcast descriptions of the races on radio 2UW. In Victoria Park Racing and Recreation Grounds Company v Taylor (Victoria Park Racing),1 both the neighbour and the broadcaster were sued in nuisance and infringement of property rights by the owners of the racecourse. The High Court dismissed the suit but the minority judgment of EvattJ foreshadowed the potential problems for those mounting spectacles and events with the advent of television on the horizon.

Journal articles

McKeough, J. 2012, 'Copyright Review: issues for cultural practice', Deakin Law Review, vol. 17, no. 2, pp. 309-319.
View/Download from: UTS OPUS
The Australian Law Reform Commission (ALRC) has been asked by the Attorney-General to inquire into and report on current and further desirable uses of copyright material in the context of the digital economy. In this paper the focus is on the scope of the terms of reference of the ALRC and the importance of copyright in a modern digitally orientated world. The paper also analyses other important initiatives and reports in this area, focusing on the changing `political economy and cultural impact on copyright issues and, in particular the challenges for copyright law
Nakata, N.M., Nakata, V.S., Gardiner, G., Byrne, A., McKeough, J. & Gibson, J. 2008, 'Indigenous digital collections: An early look at the organisation and culture interface', Australian Academic and Research Libraries, vol. 39, no. 4, pp. 223-236.
View/Download from: UTS OPUS or Publisher's site
Research findings of study into the first generation issues with Indigenous digital collections in libraries
McKeough, J. 2008, 'Tribute to Professor Jim Mooney', Oregon Law Review, vol. 87, no. 1, pp. 20-24.
McKeough, J. 1996, 'Intellectual property and scientific research.', The Australian journal of physiotherapy, vol. 42, no. 3, pp. 235-242.
This paper discusses the availability of intellectual property protection for ideas and research. The main regimes discussed are copyright, patents and confidential information, although designs may also be relevant. The law in this area depends largely upon internationally agreed standards of protection and, in recent years, the Australian legislation has been amended to take account of international conventions and as a result of the formation of the World Trade Organisation. Although the legislation is detailed and highly technical, this article attempts to give an outline of the broad conceptual bases of protection and highlight the relevant threshold criteria. On the whole, it is not possible to protect ideas alone, and only specific categories of subject matter will gain legal protection.
MCKEOUGH, J. 1992, 'THEY WOULD SAY THAT', NEW SCIENTIST, vol. 134, no. 1815, pp. 55-55.


McKeough, J. 2000, Intellectual Property & Competition Review Committee.