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Dr Mike Adcock, PhD

Assistant Professor in Durham Law School
LLM Admissions Director, Durham Law School
Telephone: +44 (0) 191 33 46862
Fax: +44 (0) 191 33 46865
Room number: PCL139

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Mike Adcock is a Lecturer at the Department of Law, Durham University. He obtained a PhD in plant sciences from the University of Sheffield in 1992 and worked for many years in science on a variety of projects.
In 1999 he moved to the School of Law, University of Sheffield, to work on an EU funded project entitled Plant Intellectual Property (PIP). The main aim of the PIP project was to look at the attitudes towards and use of, intellectual property rights by the European plant breeding community.

He gained a postgraduate qualification in Law in May 2003 from Nottingham University.

While at the University of Sheffield, he co-ordinated several projects funded from a variety of sources including “Bioethics-Today” a web based resource covering all aspects of bioethics in relation to modern biotechnology, “Bioethical Issues of Intellectual Property Rights” a project aimed at facilitating ethical, legal and social discussions within a multidisciplinary fora and “Co-Extra” looking into the legal issues surrounding the coexistence and traceability of genetically modified organisms.

He is a co-author of a report entitled “Intellectual Property Rights and Genetics” which was published in July 2003. The study, funded by the UK’s Department of Health looked into the impact and management of intellectual property rights within the healthcare sector.

He was co-author of a report on “The Use of Patents by Governments: A Comparative Study of Compulsory Licences and Government Use” commission in 2005 by Health Canada.

Teaching Areas

Intellectual Property and Biotechnology
Relationship between science, law and bioethics.

Research Groups

Durham Law School

  • Institute of Commercial and Corporate Law

Research Projects

Durham Law School

  • Grants

Research Interests

  • Intellectual property rights (IPRs) and biotechnology
  • IPRs and access to medicines
  • Protection of plant genetic resources
  • IPRs and bioethics

Selected Publications

Authored book

  • Llewelyn, M. & Adcock, M.D. (2006). European Plant Intellectual Property. Oxford: Hart Publishing.

Chapter in book

  • Adcock. M D. & Kinderlerer, J. (2004). The Regulation of Genomics: What did we learn from the GMO story? In Genomics for Biosafety in Plant Biotechnology. Nap, Atanassov & Stiekema. Amsterdam: IOS Press. 223-246.

Journal Article

  • Adcock, Mike & Beyleveld, Deryck (2016). Morality in Intellectual Property Law: A Concept-Theoretic Framework. Intellectual Property Rights: Open Access 4(1): 154.
  • Adcock, M. D. (2007). Intellectual property, genetically modified crops and bioethics. Biotechnology Journal 2(9): 1088-1092.
  • Adcock, M D. & Beyleveld, D. (2007). Purposive Interpretation and the Regulation of Technology: Legal Constructs, Legal Fictions, and the Rule of Law. Medical Law International 8(4): 305-324.
  • Adcock, M D. (2005). The Relationship between Intellectual Property and Biotechnology Law. Journal of Global Bioethics 17: 25-29.
  • Adcock, M.D. (2002). Farmers' Right or Privilege? Bio-Science Law Review 5(3): 90-93.
  • Adcock, M.D. & Llewelyn, M. (2001). TRIPs and the Patentability of Micro-Organisms. Bio-Science Law Review 4(3): 91-101.


  • Adcock, M.D., Burton, A., Hunt, A., Odell, P. & Swiecka, J. (2005). Report on The Use of Patents by Governments: A Comparative Study of Compulsory Licences and Government Use, for Health Canada.
  • Cornish, W.R., Llewelyn, M. & Adcock, M.D. (2003). Intellectual Property Rights (IPRs) and Genetics - A Study into the Impact and Management of Intellectual Property Rights within the Healthcare Sector. Cambridge, Public Health Genetics Unit.

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