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Dr Naomi Hawkins

Senior Lecturer


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Naomi Hawkins's research focuses on the interaction of law and biomedical science, particularly around intellectual property rights. She uses traditional legal research and empirical methods to investigate the impact of human gene patents on the development of translational outcomes of genetics and genomics research. She is also interested in the ways in which data sharing practices intersect with intellectual property rights in science. She is also Director of SCuLe, Science, Culture and the Law at Exeter.

Dr Hawkins is currently funded by the ESRC Future Leaders Research scheme for her project "The Impact of Patents on Translational Research - Non-Invasive Prenatal Diagnosis in Europe and the US".

External Positions and Appointments

Research Associate at HeLEX - Centre for Health Law and Emerging Technologies, University of Oxford

Research Fellow at the Oxford Intellectual Property Research Centre, University of Oxford


Research interests

  • Intellectual property law, particularly patent law
  • Medical law and ethics
  • Privacy and confidentiality
  • Socio-legal studies


Naomi Hawkins obtained her LLB and her BSc (Biomedical Science) from the University of Queensland in 2002 before being admitted as a legal practitioner in Australia. Following a period of legal practice in Australia clerking for a Supreme Court Judge, and working in a large commercial law firm, she completed her BCL at the University of Oxford in 2005. She completed her doctorate in law at the University of Oxford in 2009, supported by the Wellcome Trust.

From 2009 to 2010 she was a researcher in law at HeLEX, the Centre for Health, Law and Emerging Technologies in the Department of Public Health at the University of Oxford, and continues to be a research associate of the Centre.