J. Janewa Osei-Tutu
Assistant Professor of Law
B.A. University of Toronto
J.D. Queen’s University (Ontario)
LL.M. McGill University
Professor Osei-Tutu teaches Contract Law, Trademarks & Geographical Indications, Patent Law, International Intellectual Property Law, and Intellectual Property & Human Rights. Her scholarship intersects intellectual property law, international law, and trade law. Professor Osei-Tutu is particularly interested in the impact of intellectual property law on human development.
Professor Osei-Tutu joined academia after more than a decade of law practice. She has extensive experience in international and comparative intellectual property law. As Legal Counsel at the Federal Department of Justice in Canada, she participated in international trade negotiations and served as legal counsel in complex litigation. She also participated in regulatory reform of copyright law, patent law, and trademark law. Her experience includes commercial law practice with leading law firms in Canada and Ghana, West Africa. As part of a multi-national team, Professor Osei-Tutu clerked as an Associate Legal Officer at the United Nations International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda in Tanzania.
Professor Osei-Tutu, who studied at the premier academic institutions in Canada, holds an LL.M. (with distinction) in International and Comparative Law, with a focus on intellectual property, from McGill University.
Professor Osei-Tutu’s current research project explores the global criminalization of copyright piracy and trademark counterfeiting. Her other research contemplates the relationship between intellectual property and human rights.
Private Rights for the Public Good?, 66 SMU Law Rev. 767 (2013) (Top 10 SSRN download, IP-Other, 2013)
Value Divergence in Global Intellectual Property Law, 87 Ind. L. J. 1639 (2012)
A Sui Generis Regime for Traditional Knowledge: the Cultural Divide in Intellectual Property Law, 15 Marq. Intell. Prop. L. Rev. 147 (2011) “Emerging Scholars Series.” (Top 10 SSRN download, IP – Other, 2010)
An International Instrument to Protect Traditional Knowledge: Is Perpetual Protection a Good Idea? 50 IDEA: Intell. Prop. L. Rev. 697 (2010) (solicited); reprinted in the Andean Yearbook of Intellectual Property Rights (2011) (Top 10 SSRN download, IP – Other, 2010)
Intellectual Property: a Menace to the Public Domain? 4 Oxford J. of Intell. Prop. L. & Prac. 220 (2009); book review of Charlotte Waelde and Hector MacQueen (eds.), Intellectual Property: The Many Faces of Public Domain