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Dr David JeffersonDr David Jefferson

Internal Phone: 90820

Research Interests

David’s research examines how the law sets the terms for human interactions with the other-than-human world, including through the governance of biodiversity, biotechnologies, agricultural crops, and food. David’s research sites are in Australasia and Latin America.

Recent Publications

  • Beltrán-Morales LF., Almendarez-Hernández MA., Avilés-Polanco G. and Jefferson DJ. (2021) Effects of the utilization of intellectual property by scientific researchers on economic growth in Mexico. PLoS ONE 16(10 October) http://dx.doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0258131.
  • Coombe R. and Jefferson D. (2021) Expressing Post-Human Legalities in Andean Community Life-Projects: Decolonising Human Rights from Below. Massey University Political Ecology Research Centre and The Centre for Space, Place and Society at W: Conviviality Wānanga, 4-9 Oct 2021.
  • Coombe R. and Jefferson D. (2021) Posthuman rights struggles and environmentalisms from below in the political ontologies of Ecuador and Colombia. Journal of Human Rights and the Environment 12(2): 177-204. http://dx.doi.org/10.4337/jhre.2021.02.02.
  • Coombe R., Jefferson D., Blaser M., Quick J., Ruiz-Serna D., Legoas J., Martinez A. and Gutierrez Escobar L. (2021) Posthuman Rights Struggles and Environmentalisms from Below: Pluriversal Life Projects. Baltimore, USA: American Anthropological Association Annual Meeting, 18-22 Nov 2021.
  • Jefferson D. and Adhikari K. (2021) Intellectual Property, Traditional Knowledge, and Native Biodiversity: Convention and Progression in the Trans-Pacific Partnership. Pandora's Box 27: 98-113.

PhD in Law (University of Queensland)
Juris Doctorate (University of California, Davis)
Master of Arts in Psychology (Suffolk University)


LAWS205 Land Law (co-taught with Elizabeth Toomey and Toni Collins)
LAWS314 Environmental Law, Policy and Society
LAWS330 Intellectual Property Law (co-taught with Olivia Erdelyi)