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 lectures 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. He was appointed a Senior Counsel in 2002. He has been selected in the Best Lawyers of Australia listing in the field of Intellectual Property Law in 2014 and 2015 and in the fields of Intellectual Property Law and Litigation in 2016.
He 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). He has been general editor of the monthly Australian Intellectual Property Law Bulletin (published by LexisNexis) and the co-editor of the quarterly "Media and Arts Law Review" (published by Law Book Company). 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 the Australian Financial Review.
He is also the author of a work of fiction “Theatre Daze” (Allen and Unwin, 1990) and non-fiction “The Distant Exodus” (ABC Books 1990), as well as plays “ The Tramp’s Revenge” (Playbox 1984), “Eichmann in Haifa” (MTC 1988), “An Evening with Shalom Aleichem” (Melbourne Comedy Festival 1989) and “My Life - In Ten Minutes” (Short and Sweet, Sydney, 2010). He has written scripts produced by ABC TV and Radio National and SBS TV.
In 1981-2 he worked as a journalist for the Associated Press based in Tel Aviv and was co-editor of the Melbourne University student newspaper Farrago in 1976.
He is Chairman of the Australian Book Review, a board member of Museums Victoria, Malthouse Theatre (and Chair of the Malthouse Foundation), the Melbourne International Jazz Festival and a trustee of the Albert Namatjira Trust. He has been a board member of Viscopy (Chairman), the Victorian Writers’ Centre (Chairman), St. Martins Youth Theatre and the Arts Law Centre of Australia and a Governor of the Arts Centre Melbourne Foundation. He has been Chairman of Indigenous Barristers’ Committee of the Victorian Bar and his clerking list, and is a trustee of the Indigenous Barristers Fund of the Victorian Bar.