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Shaun Berg

Shaun Berg is a commercial lawyer specialising in the areas of Intellectual Property and Native Title. He is currently the principal of Berg Lawyers and has a broad range of experiences in legal practice. This includes leveraging financial returns from the commercialisation of new technology created by SA Health researchers (exceeding $300M), the negotiation of arrangements between Aboriginal People and the State, and the conduct of the litigation resulting in the High Court decision in Karpany v. Dietman [2013] HCA 47. This decision resulted in the recognition of the native title right to fish in South Australia and the operation of Section 211 of the Native Title Act 1993 (Cth). Shaun also has significant experience and understanding of property development processes, particularly in relation to the Community Titles Act 1996 (SA).

With over twenty years of experience in Commercial and Intellectual Property Law Shaun has the specialist knowledge and expertise required to understand the intricacies of any matter and provide favourable outcomes. Shaun is currently an Intellectual Property legal advisor to several South Australian hospitals and provides commercial and intellectual property advice to a range of corporate and not for profits clients across the state.

Aboriginal Rights is one of Shaun’s passions and he currently represents two main Native Title claim groups in South Australia. Shaun has researched and written on numerous topics related to Aboriginal Rights, most notably in his book ‘Coming to Terms’ which re-assesses our understanding of the legal mechanisms of dispossession, following the Mabo and Wik judgements, and discusses actions governments must take to overcome the injustice. Shaun is currently assisting a community to negotiate the first treaty between the State of South Australia and an Aboriginal nation.

Qualifications

  • Bachelor of Commerce – University of Adelaide (1996)
  • Bachelor of Law– University of Adelaide (1997)
  • Master of Science (Technology Commercialisation) – University of Adelaide (2002)
  • Doctor of Philosophy (Candidate) – Flinders University (2011)
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