Centre for Law and Genetics

James Scheibner

PhD Candidate

Phone: +61 3 6226 2860

Email: James.Scheibner@utas.edu.au


James graduated from the University of Tasmania with a Bachelor of Computing and Bachelor of Law with first class honours. He was admitted as an Australian Legal Practitioner in Tasmania in 2014, and has work experience in a number of legal offices, including Simmons Wolfhagen and Butler McIntyre and Butler and has provided research assistance to barristers at Republic Chambers.

James returned to the Faculty of Law, and joined the CLG in early 2015, in order to study open source licensing in the genomic research field. His research involves consideration of the relationship intellectual property and contract law to create collaborative licensing arrangements in the unique confines of biotechnological research.

With a background is computer programming, James brings unique knowledge to his study of open source licensing. His experience includes four years experience as a programmer at Python/Java where he worked whilst undertaking his undergraduate degree.;


Open Source Licensing and the Genomic Research Commons (2015)

The focus of this research involves examining whether open source licensing and development practices can be applied as successfully to genomic research projects as they can to software projects. With the decline of patents over biomedical and agricultural inventions, there is a growing need to consider the impact of alternative forms of intellectual property projection for biotechnological methods.

James' research will involve comparing existing theoretical considerations regarding open source, open access and open collaboration models within the biotechnology sphere. It also considers the practical successes of attempts to introduce open source licensing and open source development practices to biotechnology research. This will be supported by both empirical evidence and anecdotal evidence from the researchers using or attempting to use open source licensing.

At the outset of this project, James hypothesised that open source licensing can be used as a means to promote innovation through collective development practices whilst protecting the intellectual property rights of innovators.

Research focus areas

Intellectual Property, Open Source Licensing, Genetic Research Commons


Other Research Interests

Open Source Software, Property Law, Privacy, Data Retention, Criminal Law.