Mr Brett Walker

BA LLM (University of Sydney), Master of Taxation Law (Hons) (University of Technology Sydney), Graduate Certificate in Executive Leadership (Australian Graduate School of Management - UNSW),
ANU College of Law
T: 0412 138724

Areas of expertise

  • Intellectual Property Law 180115
  • Legal Practice, Lawyering And The Legal Profession 180121
  • Taxation Law 180125
  • Corporations And Associations Law 180109
  • Commercial And Contract Law 180105

Research interests

Intellectual Property Law and Media and Communications Law - in particular the application of the law to digital media and the cross-border taxation of intangible assets .

Practical legal education and training - in particular how legal practices need to organise themselves and train their people to adapt to changes in society (notably modern methods of communication).


Brett joined the ANU College of Law in late 2014 as a part-time lecturer after nearly 25 years in private, corporate and government legal practice in Sydney and Canberra.

Brett was General Counsel at the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (2009 – 2014). In his role as General Counsel Brett led a team of 40 lawyers which was responsible for the provision of all legal services to the CSIRO. Brett also held various non-legal roles at CSIRO including Executive Director Operations and Deputy Chief Exectuive, Operations.

Prior joining the CSIRO in 2001 Brett held senior legal roles with the Commonwealth Bank of Australia and an international law firm.

From 2002 to 2009 Brett was seconded to the Departments of Foreign Affairs and Trade and Agriculture as a lead negotiator for Australia in various United Nations’ intellectual property and biotechnology treaty negotiations (including the Convention on Biological Diversity, the Nagoya Protocol and the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture). This included being appointed by the UN Food and Agriculture Organisation to chair a number of Working Groups dealing with intellectual property-related matters.

 In 2011 Brett was appointed by then Attorney General Roxon to be the inaugural Chair of the Commonwealth Legal Network Services Board. A position he held until 2013.

 Brett has extensive practical experience in advising on a broad range of commercial law matters both domestically and internationally but has particular expertise in intellectual property law, communications law, Commonwealth administrative law, taxation law and company law. He is a regular presenter at conferences in Australia and internationally and has held visiting academic positions at the University of Canberra and the University of Western Sydney.

Brett has been admitted as a solicitor of the Supreme Court of New South Wales and the Australian Capital Territory.


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