Professor Chidi Oguamanam

chidi-photoshoot-1-1Dr. Oguamanam joined the Faculty of Law (Common Law Section) University of Ottawa in 2011. He is affiliated with the Centre for Law, Technology and Society, the Centre for Environmental Law and Global Sustainability and the international law group,. He teaches Contracts; Intellectual Property and Human Rights; Agricultural Knowledge Systems, Biodiversity, Food Security and Sustainability; and Legal Theory. Prior to his academic career, Dr. Oguamanam practised intellectual property and corporate law. He began his academic career as a fellow of Canada Institutes of Health Research Program in Health Law and Ethics at Dalhousie University. He subsequently joined Dalhousie Law School (now Schulich School of Law) where he was the Director of the Law and Technology Institute . Dr. Oguamanam is a member of the Nigerian Bar Association and the Nova Scotia’s Barristers’ Society.

Professor Oguamanam belongs to diverse international research and professional networks committed to building bridges and influencing policies across the south-south and north-south geopolitical spheres. He has diverse interdisciplinary research interests in the areas of global knowledge governance in general, especially as manifested in the dynamics of intellectual property and technology law with emphasis on biodiversity, biotechnology, including agricultural biotechnology. He identifies the policy and practical contexts for the exploration of the intersections of knowledge systems, particularly western science and the traditional knowledge of indigenous and local communities within the broader development discourse and paradigm. He is interested in the global institutional and regime dynamics for negotiating access and distributional challenges in regard to the optimization of benefits of innovation by stakeholders and the role of intellectual property in development.

Dr. Oguamanam is a sought-after speaker and a multi-media public commentator on global affairs from African perspectives. He also provides technical and expert consulting and support services for states and sub-state actors, NGOS, intergovernmental bodies, Indigenous and local communities in developed and newly industrializing countries and elsewhere. Widely published in law and interdisciplinary platforms, he is the author of International Law and Indigenous Knowledge: Intellectual Property, Plant Biodiversity and Traditional Medicine (University of Toronto Press, 2010) Intellectual Property in Global Governance (Routledge, 2012) and co-editor of Innovation and Intellectual Property: Collaborative Dynamics in Africa (University of Cape Town, 2013), and Knowledge and Innovation in Africa: Scenario for the Future (University of Cape Town: 2014).

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