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Dr Naomi Hawkins

Associate Professor, Director of the Science, Culture and the Law research group


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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. Dr Hawkins's research has been funded by the WEllcome Trust and the ESRC, and her current research is funded by the ESRC Future Leaders Research scheme "The Impact of Patents on Translational Research - Non-Invasive Prenatal Diagnosis in Europe and the US".

Dr Hawkins is also Director of the Science, Culture and the Law research group (SCuLE).

External Positions and Appointments

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

Academic Affiliate at HeLEX - Centre for Health Law and Emerging Technologies, University of Oxford 

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Research interests

  • Intellectual property and innovation law
  • Patent law
  • Medical law and ethics
  • Socio-legal studies

Research supervision

 Dr Hawkins welcomes requests for research supervision in any of her areas of research interest, and is happy to discuss research proposals.


Naomi Hawkins obtained her LLB and her BSc (Biomedical Science) from the University of Queensland 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. She completed her doctorate in law at the University of Oxford, supported by the Wellcome Trust. Followin completion of her doctorate, 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 a close association with researchers in both law and medicine at Oxford.

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