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Meet Our Dean


Professor Philip Griffith

BJuris, LLb, LLM

Philip Griffith has been an academic in law schools since 1972. Philip has specialised in the field of Intellectual Property and researched, taught, published and engaged in policy debate and reform in the field since 1972. Philip was the Foundation Dean of the Sydney City School of Law before resigning the position for personal reasons. He is currently a professor of the school and has taught the general introductory first semester unit Law and Society, and the units of Legal Theory and Intellectual Property. From the end of March 2017 Philip will serve as Acting Dean.

Prior to his work at TOP Education Institute Philip served in senior academic and academic management roles in other Australian and international universities. He has served at various times as Dean, Associate Dean, Associate Dean Teaching and Learning, Associate Dean Research and Director of International Programs.

Professor Griffith has also been involved in contributing to the development of intellectual property education in Asia with particular interests in Hong Kong, Korea, Indonesia, Thailand, Vietnam, Pakistan and, most recently, in the People's Republic of China. Philip has done work for the World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO), APEC, AusAID, Economic and Social Cooperation in Asia Pacific (ESCAP) and other international organizations; a number of national governments; for IP Australia; and other intellectual property offices.

Philip’s current academic interests are concerned with aspects of comparative law with special interest in the development of the legal system in the People’s Republic of China and the intellectual property regime in the Republic of Indonesia.

The Dean's Welcome Message

At TOP, our philosophy and approach to legal education are driven by a passion and commitment to train lawyers with a global outlook in the practice of law and a dedication to social justice.

We live in an increasingly globalised environment in which national legal, social and political issues are informed by and better understood in an international context.

With our state of the art technology and some of the very best law teachers in Australia, we aim to train lawyers of the future equipped with the best practical skills to deal with legal issues in the global market environment.

Welcome to the Sydney City School of Law.