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Christoph Antons is Professor in the Macquarie Law School, He is a Senior Fellow at the Centre for Development Research at the University of Bonn in Germany; Associate Researcher at the German Institute of Development and Sustainability; and Senior Associate at the Centre for Indonesian Law, Islam and Society at the University of Melbourne.

Christoph studied law, Southeast Asian studies and art history and received his PhD in Law from the University of Amsterdam. He has held academic positions at the University of Newcastle, Deakin University, the University of Wollongong, Charles Darwin University, La Trobe University and Griffith University. He has further held visiting research and/or teaching appointments at the University of Technology MARA in Malaysia, the Käte Hamburger Centre for Advanced Study in the Humanities "Law as Culture" at the University of Bonn, Singapore Management University, Stanford Law School, University of Melbourne, Max Planck Institute for Intellectual Property Law, Queensland University of Technology, Max Planck Institute for Foreign and International Private Law, Graduate School of International Development at University of Nagoya, International Institute of Asian Studies at Leiden University, IP Academy Singapore, Airlangga University and the University of Surabaya in Indonesia. He was consultant to the EC-ASEAN Intellectual Property Cooperation Programme (ECAP) working with intellectual property offices in Indonesia, Malaysia, Vietnam, Thailand and Laos and has lectured in training seminars of the United Nations Transitional Authority for East Timor (UNTAET), the European Patent Office-China Bilateral Cooperation Programme and the National University of Singapore Regional Capacity Building (Scholarship) Programme in Intellectual Property Law. He was a QEII Fellow of the Australian Research Council; Director of the ARC Key Centre for Asia-Pacific Social Transformation Studies and the Centre for Comparative Law and Development Studies in Asia and the Pacific at the University of Wollongong; Director of the Centre for Southeast Asian Law at Charles Darwin University; and Chief Investigator of the ‘IP in Asia’ project at the ARC Centre of Excellence for Creative Industries and Innovation. He is an Associate Member of the International Academy of Comparative Law and received the Schloessmann Award of the Max Planck Foundation for the Advancement of Science in 1998.


Christoph is interested in the way law relates to different epistemologies of knowledge. His research is geographically focused on Asia and concerned with intellectual property law, environmental law and human rights, but also with law and society more broadly. He is currently project leader of the ARC Discovery project ‘Food security and the governance of local knowledge in India and Indonesia’ ( and sole investigator of the ARC Discovery project 'Building an intellectual property system: The Indonesian experience’ ( He is also interested in the role of law in ethnic classification and is working on a project “Peranakan Chinese in Indonesia: The construction of a community in colonial law and its legacy” resulting from his Käte Hamburger Fellowship in Bonn ( 

Education/Academic qualification

Law, PhD, Intellectual Property Law in Indonesia, The University of Amsterdam

1 Sept 198716 Jun 1995

Award Date: 16 Jun 1995

Southeast Asian Studies/Art History, Intermediate Examination for MA, University of Passau

1 Nov 198415 Feb 1988

Award Date: 15 Feb 1988

Law, Assessor iur. , Ministry of Justice, Bavaria, Germany

1 Sept 19835 Nov 1986

Award Date: 5 Nov 1986

Law, Referendar iur., Ministry of Justice, Rhineland Palatinate, Germany

1 Nov 197729 Jul 1983

Award Date: 29 Jul 1983

External positions

Associate Researcher, German Institute of Development and Sustainabilty

18 Feb 2021 → …

Fellow, Käte Hamburger Center for Advanced Study in the Humanities "Law as Culture", University of Bonn, Germany

1 Oct 202031 Mar 2021

Visiting Professor, Faculty of Law, University of Technology MARA, Shah Alam, Malaysia

1 Jun 201931 May 2021

Senior Associate, Centre for Indonesian Law, Islam and Society, Melbourne Law School, University of Melbourne

1 Jan 2013 → …

Senior Fellow, Center for Development Research (ZEF), University of Bonn, Germany

1 Jan 2012 → …

Affiliated Reseach Fellow, Max Planck Institute for Innovation and Competition, Munich, Germany

1 Jan 20052022


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