Colin Golvan is a Senior 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 lectures on intellectual property subjects throughout Australia. He was appointed a Senior Counsel (SC) in 2002.
He is presently chairperson of
• Indigenous Lawyers Committee of the Victorian Bar
• the board of trustees of the Victorian Bar Indigenous Barristers’ Fund
as well as being a member of
• Intellectual Property Law Committee of the Law Council of Australia
• the Appeals Board of Football Federation Victoria.
He is the author of a number of legal books including Words and Law (Penguin 1990) and co-author of Writers and the Law (Law Book Company 1986). He has been general editor of the Australian Intellectual Property Law Bulletin (published by Prospect Publishing) from 1988 to 1998 and the co-editor of the quarterly Media and Arts Law Review (published by Law Book Company) from 1992 to 1997.
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 was the founding chairperson of The Victorian Writers’ Centre, and has been on the Boards of St Martins Youth Theatre Centre and the Arts Law Centre of Australia. He was a founding director and the chairperson (from 1997 to 2000) of Viscopy, the national visual arts collecting society. He is a board member and deputy chairperson of the Australian Book Review.