Janet Hope

Janet Hope


1996 …2023

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Subjects taught: Administrative Law, Criminal Justice, Criminal Law and Procedure. Winner of 2022 Faculty Award for Excellence in Individual Teaching and Learning.

Current research interests: restorative justice, restorative practice and the restorative cities movement; the intersection of individual trauma and organisational systems; and the development of a coaching approach to research practice.

Research profile: Janet earned first class honours degrees in biochemistry and law from the Australian National University as a National Undergraduate Scholar during the early 1990s. She won the 1996 Blackburn Medal for Research in Law for a paper on constitutional rights and criminal due process, which was subsequently published in the Federal Law Review and cited in a judgement of the High Court of Australia. As an undergraduate Janet worked as a Research Associate to Chief Justice Miles of the ACT Supreme Court, conducting an investigation into the historic role of the Federal Court of Australia as a court of criminal appeal for the ACT. Janet qualified to practise in 1997 and worked for several years as a barrister in Australia and New Zealand, primarily in conflict resolution, administrative, human rights and employment law. 

Janet received her PhD in Law from the Australian National University in 2005, winning an open national award for communicating scholarly information to lay audiences. From 2000 to 2009 she was a pioneer of efforts to translate the open source model from software to biotechnology, a key agenda item for scholars working to develop socially just models of intellectual property and innovation management. Hope’s international prize-winning 2008 book, BioBazaar (Harvard University Press), was the first systematic exposition of the open source model outside the software context, offering a detailed conceptual framework to support further development of the model in biotech and elsewhere.  During the period 2005-2009 Janet was employed in the Australian National University’s Regulatory Institutions Network (RegNet), initially as an ARC Postdoctoral Fellow. and later as Senior Fellow. Between 2005 and 2009 she led two successful ARC Discovery Project grant applications in the field of open source biotechnology. 

The broad impact of Janet's work in this field was evidenced by invitations to speak at numerous international conferences and workshops and by citations in a wide variety of publication types, from academic books and refereed journals in several disciplines, through reports of international think tanks, foundations and intergovernmental organisations such as the OECD, to international specialist and generalist periodicals including The Economist.  Janet also contributed to emerging practice by organising international events, consulting and advising on implementation of the open source biotech model in international organisations and public and private sectors in Australia, Canada and the US, and serving in leadership roles in two international non-profit organisations. 

In 2011, Janet’s volunteer experience over 20 years advocating for victims of crime in the spheres of disability, health, mental health and financial compensation led her to step out of academia and retrain as a professional coach. From 2013 to 2020 she built a thriving “international micro-business” serving hundreds of individual and organisational clients around the world, primarily in the higher education sector. Janet holds the International Coach Federation’s senior practitioner credential (PCC), has held leadership roles within her local ACT branch and is a founding member of the European Mentoring and Coaching Council (Asia-Pacific Region). She is a member of the Australian Psychological Society’s Interest Group on Coaching Psychology, a non-practising member of the ACT Law Society and a long-standing member of both the ANU Dialogue Group and the Canberra Restorative Community Network.


Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

Education/Academic qualification

PhD, Open Source Biotechnology, Australian National University

Award Date: 13 Jul 2005

Bachelor, LLB (Hons I), Australian National University

Award Date: 24 Apr 1996

Bachelor, BSc (Hons I) Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Australian National University

Award Date: 20 Apr 1995

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  • An introduction to open source biotechnology

    Hope, J., 2009, Intellectual Property Policy Reform: Fostering Innovation and Development. Arup, C. & van Caenegem, W. (eds.). Cheltenham: Edward Elgar Publishing, p. 129-153 25 p.

    Research output: A Conference proceeding or a Chapter in BookChapterpeer-review

  • Open source genetics. Conceptual framework

    Hope, J., 2009, Gene Patents and Collaborative Licensing Models: Patent Pools, Clearinghouses, Open Source Models and Liability Regimes. Van Overwalle, G. (ed.). Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, p. 171-193 23 p. ( Cambridge Intellectual Property Rights and Information Law).

    Research output: A Conference proceeding or a Chapter in BookChapterpeer-review

  • BioBazaar: The Open Source Revolution and Biotechnology

    Hope, J., 2008, United States: Harvard University Press. 428 p.

    Research output: Book/ReportBookpeer-review

  • Regulatory Capitalism, Business Models and the Knowledge Economy

    Hope, J., Nicol, D. & Braithwaite, J., 31 Mar 2008, Regulatory Capitalism: How it Works, Ideas for Making it Work Better. Braithwaite, J. (ed.). Cheltenham: Edward Elgar Publishing, p. 109-139 31 p.

    Research output: A Conference proceeding or a Chapter in BookChapterpeer-review

  • Open Source Licensing

    Hope, J., 2007, Intellectual Property Management in Health and Agricultural Innovation: a handbook of best practices. Krattiger, A. & Mahoney, R. T. (eds.). Oxford: MIHR-USA, Vol. 1. p. 107-118 12 p.

    Research output: A Conference proceeding or a Chapter in BookChapter in text bookpeer-review

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