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Dr Bosse's research examines the relationships between intellectual property rights and food, biodiversity, Indigenous rights, and the circulation of plants and knowledge. Her current research focuses on the history and politics of the US Plant Patent Act of 1930, the naming of plant varieties, and the protection of geographical indications.

Her PhD focused on the “access and benefit sharing” framework that emerged out of the UN Convention on Biological Diversity 1992 as a mechanism to prevent the misappropriation of biodiversity and Indigenous knowledge, and its failures to address problems within the patent and trade mark systems.

In addition to her research on plant inventions, Dr Bosse is interested in other types of sui generis protections, especially the socialist inventor’s certificate system.


Dr Bosse engages in research-led teaching in intellectual property law, especially patents, trade marks, geographical indications, and plant variety rights. In these classes, students are introduced to the core legal doctrines of UK and European intellectual property law in global perspective. She is the module coordinator for the undergraduate elective, 'Intellectual Property Law', as well as teaching into the LLM in Intellectual Property Law.

Since joining Queen's University Belfast, Dr Bosse has also been teaching into the 'Company Law and Corporate Governance' module, a subject she previously taught at the University of Queensland.


Dr Bosse was awarded her PhD from the University of Queensland, Australia, in July 2023. Her project was entitled, 'The role of the law in the circulation of the Kakadu plum (Terminalia ferdinandiana)'. She holds bachelors degrees in law and the plant sciences, as well as a diploma in French.

She joined Queen's University Belfast in October 2023, having previously taught intellectual property law at King's College London and the University of Reading. She is admitted as a lawyer in the Supreme Court of Queensland, Australia.

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 9 - Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure
  • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities
  • SDG 13 - Climate Action
  • SDG 15 - Life on Land
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions


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