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Dr Ezieddin Elmahjub

Lecturer, Law


Ezieddin Emahjub completed his LLB degree and Master of Civil Law by research at University of Tripoli in Libya. In January 2010, Ezieddin moved to Australia and completed his Master and PhD degrees in intellectual property at QUT. Before joining Swinburne University of Technology, Ezieddin held research and teaching positions at University of Tripoli, the University of New England, Queensland University of Technology and the Australian Catholic University. Since 2009, Ezieddin taught at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels. His teaching experience includes Land Law, Intellectual Property, Torts, Contracts, Law in Context, International Business Law and International Business Transactions.

In January 2014, Ezieddin completed a PhD thesis which proposed a novel theory of intellectual property based on Islamic legal philosophy. Since completing his PhD, Ezieddin published several research papers in areas that include IP and Islamic legal philosophy and IP,  development and distributive justice. His current research agenda includes a book on Islamic legal philosophy that is coming through Cambridge University Press in 2018.

Ezieddin also worked as an attorney for a leading law firm in Tripoli, Libya advising several multinational companies including Exxon Mobil and ABB Ltd on employment law, investment law, tax law and dispute resolution.

Teaching Areas

Real Property Law
Law in Context
Philosophy of Law
Intellectual Property
Research Methodologies

Research Interests

Islamic Law and Theory
Intellectual Property
Open Access
Law and Development



Eziedden Elmahjub, An Islamic Vision of Intellectual Property Systems: Theory and Practice (forthcoming, Cambridge University Press, 2018)

Eziedden Elmahjub, the Legal Obstacles facing Independent Banking Guarantees (Dar Amjad, 2016)

Journal Articles:
Eziedden Elmahjub and Nicolas Suzor , ‘Fair use and fairness in copyright: a distributive justice perspective on users’ rights’ (2017) Monash Law Review, 43(1)

Ezieddin Elmahjub, ‘Situating Intellectual Property Policy into a Human Development Paradigm’ (2015) World Intellectual Property Journal.

Ezieddin Elmahjub, ‘A Case for Flexible Intellectual Property Protection in Developing Countries: Brief Lessons from History, Psychology and Economics ( 2016, 38 (1), 31-42) The European Intellectual Property Review.

Ezieddin Elmahjub, Intellectual Property and Development in the Arab World: A Development Agenda for the Libyan Intellectual Property System, The Arab Law Quarterly, 2016.

Ezieddin Elmahjub , ‘An Islamic Perspective on the Theories of Intellectual Property’ in Brian Fitzgerald and John Gilchrist, Copyright Perspectives - From Roman Law to the Cosmos (Springer, 2015).

Ezieddin Elmahjub with other contributors ‘Limitless Information: The Challenge for Copyright’, Cultural Science Journal, 2014.

Ezieddin Elmahjub, ‘Foundations of Moral Rights in Islamic Sources and History of Authorship in Islamic Civilisation’ IIUM LAW JOURNAL, Vol 22, 2014.

Ezieddin Elmahjub ‘Facebook Versus Ghaddafi: Social Networking as a Tool for Democratic Change in Libya’ in Helen Sykes, Space, Place and Culture (Future Leaders, 2013) 72-89.

Conference Presentations

‘Fair use and fairness in copyright: a distributive justice perspective on users’ rights’ Keynote speaker, Swinburne Law School and the Centre for Transformative Innovation, Melbourne, Australia, 5 May, 2016.

“An Islamic Theory of Intellectual Property”, Piddington Research Seminar, University of New England 27 January 2016.

“Islamic Legal Philosophy and the Modern Intellectual Property Regime” Waikato Islamic Studies Conference, 11 - 12 November 2015.

“A2K: An Islamic Perspective” 14th CCI Symposium - Brisbane 2 April.

“Islamic Shari’s and the Design of Fair and Efficient Intellectual Property Laws” Australasian Intellectual Property Academics’ Conference, 6-8-Feb 2014, Brisbane.

“Islamic Shari’a and the Promotion of Innovation and Creativity”, Oxford Symposium on Religious Studies, Oxford University, England, 2-4-Dec 2013.

“The Protection of Intellectual Property (IP) in Islamic Shari’a and the Development of the Libyan IP System”, QUT Research Colloquium, Brisbane, 29 November 2013.

“Promoting Innovation and Creativity an Islamic Perspective”, Keynote speaker at Australian Catholic University’s Law School Luncheon, Melbourne, 25 April, 2013.
“The Protection of Intellectual Property in Islamic Shari’a and the Development of the Libyan IP System”, Winner of QUT Law School 3 Minutes Thesis Competition (Presentation Competition) 20-Aug, 2013.

Research interests

Intellectual property; Islamic studies/Islamic and comparative law; Copyright

PhD candidate and honours supervision

Higher degrees by research

Accredited to supervise Masters & Doctoral students as Co-Supervisor.

Fields of Research

  • Law - 180100


Also published as: Elmahjub, Ezieddin; Elmahjub, E.
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