Professor Jill McKeough has been appointed to the ALRC for a period of 18 months, as Commissioner in charge of the Copyright and the Digital Economy inquiry. Appointed Dean of the Faculty of Law at the University of Technology, Sydney (UTS) in 2005, Professor McKeough has extensive leadership experience in the tertiary sector including Head of School, Associate Dean (undergraduate) and Director of Postgraduate Programs in the Law Faculty at UNSW. In 2004 she was elected a member of UNSW University Council, serving until her appointment at UTS.
Professor McKeough is a highly experienced researcher and has written and taught primarily in intellectual property (copyright, designs, patents, trademarks, confidential information, biotechnology and indigenous cultural heritage) as well as torts, commercial law, legal system and legal history. She is admitted as a Barrister of the Supreme Court of NSW.
Professor McKeough has held a number of Board positions and until her appointment to the ALRC was Chair of the Council of Australian Law Deans (CALD). She is currently a member of the International Legal Services Advisory Council (ILSAC), a member of the professional Standards Board of Patent and Trade Mark Attorneys and Board member of the AustLII Foundation. Previously she was a Board member of the Arts Law Centre of Australia for 11 years until 2010, a member of the Law Council of Australia's Intellectual Property Committee (1995-2009) and a Board member of the Communications Law Centre Ltd.
Professor McKeough’s many publications include Intellectual Property: Commentary and Materials, 4th edition, Thomson LBC 2006 (with Professor Kathy Bowrey of UNSW and Professor Philip Griffith of UTS) and Intellectual Property in Australia, 3rd edition, Lexis Nexis 2004 (with Professor Andrew Stewart of Flinders University and Professor Philip Griffith of UTS).
Professor Mckeough is on leave from UTS for the duration of her appointment at the ALRC.