News and Events


  • Professor Christoph Antons was an invited participant and speaker at the Asian Regional Civil Society Workshop and Strategy Meeting on Plant Variety Protection, Seeds and Farmers’ Rights, which took place from 15 to 17 January 2020 in Penang, Malaysia. This event was convened and organised by the Association for Plant Breeding for the Benefit of Society (APREBES) and the Third World Network. It was attended by representatives from civil society organisations and academics from fifteen countries. Christoph presented a paper on ‘Perspectives on Challenges and Opportunities in the Asian Region’ as part of this workshop.
  • Team members Professor Yunita Winarto, Dr Jagjit Plahe, Rhino Ariefiansyah and Adlinanur F. Prihandiani participated in an online workshop on ‘Future Food in Future Asia’, organised originally in the context of the Asian Studies Associatioin of Australia conference in Melbourne, from 6-9 July 2020. Dr Jagjt Plahe presented on Day 1 of the workshop on ‘The WTO Agreement on Agriculture and India’s fight for domestic policy space to protect food security: a political economy analysis’. Professor Yunita Winarto, Professor Sue Walker, Rhino Ariefiansyah and Adlinanur F. Prihandiani presented a paper on ‘Food for Future: Is it possible without farmers’ climate literacy and responsive farming culture?’ on Day 4 of this workshop (
  • Professor Michael Blakeney and Professor Kadambot Siddique published a book on ‘Local Knowledge, Intellectual Property and Agricultural Innovation’ with Springer ( Ten chapters in this edited volume were written or co-written by current and former project team members Professor Michael Blakeney, Professor Kadambot Siddique, Professor Christoph Antons, Professor Yunita Winarto, Adlinanur Prihandiani and Sinta Uli.


  • As a part of ARC activities, CIs Professors Kadambot Siddique and Michael Blakeney, accompanied by Professor Dr Jayashree Krishnankutty, and Dr Rajesh K. Raju, College of Horticulture, KAU, met with rice farmers in the Malappuram and Palakkad districts to discuss the cultivation of traditional rice varieties in May 2019.
  • A workshop was conducted on 30 April 2019 to discuss the interim results of the ARC project and also to meet with research collaborators and key stakeholders in Kerala. Farmers from Malappuram and Palakkad, two of the principal rice producing areas of Kerala, participated in the program.
  • ARC Project team member Rhino Ariefiansyah visited the Rice Festival on 29-30 April in Indonesia. In this festival, AB2TI took the spotlight. AB2TI achieved two new world records by cultivating 90 varieties in the same rice field and also cooking these varieties with aPawan( traditional stove made from clay). By examining activities such as those of AB2TI, the ARC Project is exploring how farmers’ seed saving and exchanging culture helps the farming community to continue their seed stewardship and reduce the dependency on seed industry.
  • As a part of ARC Project activities, an awareness seminar was conducted on 2 February 2019 in the Palakkad District of Kerala. Dr Jayasree Krishnankutty, Professor of Kerala Agricultural University, coordinated the program. In the light of the Protection of Plant Varieties and Farmers’ Rights Act, 2001, this program highlighted 51 leading farmers’ experiences with traditional rice varieties in Palakkad District.
  • Project partner Professor Yunita Winarto and her team at the University of Indonesia, organised a workshop in Jakarta on 15 July on the topic of ‘The impact of Free Trade Agreements and national law reforms on farmers’ innovation and local knowledge in Indonesia’. The workshop was attended by government officials, academics, representatives of NGOs and farmers. Professor Christoph Antons developed an introductory power point presentation for the workshop. Because Christoph was unable to attend the workshop in person, this was presented by Christoph’s PhD student Prayudi Setiadharma, who also acted as facilitator of the first session.
  • In November and December 2019, the project hosted a visitor from the Faculty of Law of Airlangga University in Surabaya, Indonesia. Associate Professor Mas Rahmah Arifin was in Newcastle to collaborate on publications on Indonesian intellectual property law with Professor Christoph Antons. Professor Rahmah is the Head of the Centre of Intellectual Property and of the postgraduate law program at Airlangga.Professor Rahmah met with Dean of Law, Professor Tania Sourdin and with Mr. Greg Ryan at Newcastle Innovation regarding UON’s approaches to intellectual property commercialization.
  • As part of his three-year appointment at the University of Technology MARA (UiTM) in Malaysia, Professor Christoph Antons visited the Faculty of Law in Shah Alam, Selangor, from 11 to 16 November 2019. He presented guest lectures in two IP courses and gave a public seminar at the Business Innovation & Technology Commercialization Centre (BITCOM), which is under the office of the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research & Innovation). This seminar was followed by a meeting with MARA staff involved in research coordination and commercialization.
  • Professor Christoph Antons presented a paper on “Agricultural transformation and government regulation of farmers’ local knowledge in Indonesia” at a staff seminar of the Newcastle Law School, Faculty of Business and Law, University of Newcastle, on 9 December 2019.
  • Professor Philippe Cullet and Dr Sujith Koonan published the Research Handbook on Law, Environment and the Global South with Edward Elgar ( The two editors also wrote the introductory chapter to this volume.


  • As a part of the ARC Project activities, an awareness program was conducted on 7 November 2018 in (Thalakkad Panchayat) in Kerala with the dual purpose of aiming to enlighten farmers on new legislative and policy initiatives and also to invite them to share their farming experience.
  • CI Professor Christoph  Antons delivered a public lecture on “Intellectual property, agriculture and Free Trade Agreements” at the Jakarta campus of Gadjah Mada University on 14 September. The presentation was hosted and introduced by Professor  M Hawin of the Gadjah Mada Law Faculty. He was speaking at a panel on ICH Safeguarding and IP protection.
  • CI Professor Christoph Antons was a keynote speaker at the 2nd International Conference on Law, Governance and Globalization organised by the Faculty of Law, Airlangga University, Surabaya on 28 August 2018.
  • CIs Professors Kadambot Siddique and Michael Blakeney met farmers at  Kerala, India in April 2018.


  • CI Professor Christoph Antons and Research Assistants Adline Prihandiani and Sinta Uli visited the Center for Rice Research (Balai Besar Penelitian Tanaman Padi) in Sukamadi and NGOs in Jakarta and Bogor in December 2017.
  • Research Assistants Adline Prihandiani and Sinta Uli conducted fieldwork in Bangodua district of Indramayu on 12-16 October 2017.
  • CI Professor Yunita Winarto and Research Assistants Adline Prihandiani and Sinta Uli conducted field research at Central Java (Karang Anyar), Indonesia in September 2017.
  • CIs Professors Christoph Antons, Yunita Winarto and Dr Greg Acciaoli met farmers at Indramayu, Indonesia in July 2017.
  • In December 2017, Professor Christoph Antons was a Visiting Professor at the Faculty of Law, Singapore Management University, where he gave a seminar presentation and participated in a conference on Intellectual property law and international trade law.