Biography

Colin Golvan

 

COLIN GOLVAN AM QC - CURRICULUM VITAE

 

LEGAL WORK

Colin Golvan is a Queen’s Counsel at the Victorian Bar. He practices law throughout Australia in the intellectual property and trade practices areas.

Colin holds a Masters of Law degree from Monash University and a Bachelor of Arts (with Honours) and Law degrees from Melbourne University. He has taught in the intellectual property area in the Masters of Law program at Melbourne University as a Visiting Fellow. He has lectured on intellectual property subjects throughout Australia. He was admitted to legal practice in 1985, and worked as a solicitor (and senior associate) for Phillips Fox Solicitors for three years prior to signing the Bar Roll in November 1988 (having read with former High Court Justice Susan Crennan). He was appointed a Senior Counsel in 2002.

He is chairperson of the board of trustees of the Victorian Bar Indigenous Barristers’ Fund and a former chairperson of the Indigenous Lawyers Committee of the Victorian Bar and his Barristers’ clerking list (List G). He is also a former member of the Appeals Board of Football Federation Victoria.

As a lawyer, he has represented many leading corporate and government clients in relation to intellectual property and trade practices issues. He has appeared in the High Court and Federal Court throughout Australia. He has been selected in the Best Lawyers of Australia and Doyle’s listings in the field of Intellectual Property Law and Litigation in 2014-2018.

 

WRITING

Colin is the author of the legal books “Copyright – Law and Practice” (Federation Press 2007), "An Introduction to Intellectual Property Law" (Federation Press 1992), "Words and Law" (Penguin 1990) and co-author of "Writers and the Law" (Law Book Company 1986), and has contributed to the book “Landmarks in Australian Intellectual Property Law” (Cambridge University Press 2008).

He was the founding general editor of the monthly Australian Intellectual Property Law Bulletin (published by Prospect Publishing) from 1988 to 1998 and the founding co-editor of the quarterly "Media and Arts Law Review" (published by Law Book Company) from 1992 to 1997.

He is the author of papers on intellectual property subjects published in various legal journals, including the European Intellectual Property Review, as well as in the Australian Book Review and feature articles in the Review section of the Australian Financial Review. In 2015, he was highly commended in the Rogers Legal Writing Award of the Law Institute of Victoria.

He is also author of works of fiction “Theatre Daze” (Allen & Unwin 1990), non-fiction “The Distant Exodus” (ABC Books 1990), plays “Eichmann in Haifa” (Melbourne Theatre Company 1988) and “The Tramp’s Revenge” (Playbox 1985) and TV (for ABC and SBS TV) and radio scripts (for ABC Radio National). He was playwright in residence at the Playbox Theatre in 1983.

He worked as a journalist for the Associated Press, based in Tel Aviv during 1982-3. His articles on Israel and the Middle East were published in leading newspapers throughout the world, including “The Guardian” and “The International Herald Tribune”. In 1976, he was co-editor of Farrago, the Melbourne University student newspaper.

 

INVOLVEMENT IN ARTS ORGANISATIONS

Colin was the founding chairperson of Viscopy, the national visual arts collecting society, the Victorian Writers’ Centre and Writing Australia Ltd. He has also been on the Boards of St. Martins Youth Theatre Centre and the Arts Law Centre of Australia.

He is currently a board member of Museums Victoria (a statutory appointment), the Chair of the Australian Book Review and the Peninsula Summer Music Festival , and a director of the Namatjira Legacy Trust. He has been a member of the board of Governors of the Arts Centre Melbourne Foundation, board member of the Malthouse Theatre and Chair of the Malthouse Foundation, board member of the Melbourne International Jazz Festival and a member of the judging panel for the Contemporary Masters Music Award at the Melbourne Recital Centre.

He is a patron of Arts Centre Melbourne, the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, the Australian Chamber Orchestra, the Melbourne Recital Centre, the National Gallery of Victoria, the Australian Centre for Contemporary Art, the Museum of Contemporary Art, the Australian Book Review, the Melbourne International Arts Festival, the Melbourne International Jazz Festival and the Malthouse Theatre.

In 2018, he was appointed a Member of the Order of Australia.