Education & CV
- LL.M., McGill University (Montreal, Quebec)
- J.D., Queen’s University (Kingston, Ontario)
- B.A. (Hons.) University of Toronto (Toronto, Ontario)
- Comparative & International Law
- Contract Law
- Fashion Law
- Intellectual Property
- International Human Rights
- Property Law
Osei-Tutu is passionate about the role of intellectual property law in society. Drawing on her academic and professional experience, Professor Osei-Tutu’s scholarship focuses on the relationship between trade-related intellectual property, human development, human rights, and cultural identities. She wrote her graduate thesis on trade-related intellectual property and developing countries. She continues to write in this area. She joined academia after practicing as an intellectual property Legal Counsel to the Patent & Trademark Office, and to the intellectual property Policy Directorate at Industry Canada (USPTO equivalent). In that capacity Osei-Tutu advised the Canadian government on various intellectual property aspects of trade negotiations, and on formal submissions to international organizations, such as the World Intellectual Property Organization and the World Trade Organization. Her role included advising on Canada’s patent law, trademark litigation, geographical indications, and traditional and indigenous knowledge. She also advised on complex litigation and legislative reform of Canada’s intellectual property laws. In addition, Osei-Tutu’s legal experience includes commercial law experience with leading law firms in Canada and Ghana, West Africa. Osei-Tutu also clerked in international law as an Associate Legal Officer for Trial Chamber II at the United Nations International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda in Tanzania.
Active in various organizations, Professor Osei-Tutu serves as the 2023-2024 Chair of the Intellectual Property Section of the Association of American Law Schools, a member of the American Branch of the International Law Association Committee on International Intellectual Property, and a member of the Brands for a Better Society Committee of the International Trademark Association. In 2013, she co-founded the Junior Intellectual Property Scholars Association (JIPSA) to create an inclusive space for new scholars in intellectual property to exchange scholarly ideas, share experiences, and build support networks. At FIU Law, she co-founded the Intellectual Property Certificate program in 2013.
Osei-Tutu is the Editor in Chief of the African Journal of Legal Studies, an interdisciplinary human rights journal published by Brill/Martinus Nijhoff, and serves on the Editorial Board of the American Intellectual Property Law Association Quarterly Journal.
Courses: Property Law, Trademark Law, Fashion & Design Law International Intellectual Property Law, Intellectual Property seminars.
Current research projects: intellectual property and human rights; intellectual property and culture; intellectual property, human rights & corporations.
Scholarship & Other Writing:
- J. Osei-Tutu, “IP, Social Justice & Human Development: Empowering Female Entrepreneurs through Trademark Law,” in The Cambridge Handbook of Intellectual Property And Social Justice, Lateef Mtima and Steven D. Jamar, Eds. (Cambridge University Press, forthcoming 2021).
- J. Osei-Tutu, “Not Nike’s Satan Shoes: Is it Trademark Infringement & Dilution? PrawfsBlawg, (March 31, 2021).
- J. Osei-Tutu, IP and Development in Handbook on Intellectual Property Research, Irene Calboli and Lilla Montagnani, Eds. (Oxford University Press, 2021).
- J. Osei-Tutu, “IP in the African Union: Opportunities for New Discourse?” in Mapping Three Generations of Access to Medicines Discourses, Sri Ragavan and Amaka Vanni, Eds. (Routledge, 2021).
- J. Osei-Tutu, Protecting Culturally Identifiable Fashion: What Role for GIs? (invited symposium), 14 FIU L. Rev. 545 (2021).
- J. Osei-Tutu, “Cultural IP v. Commercial IP,” (reprinted) GPS Solo Magazine, selected for “Best of Sections,” (ABA, July/August 2020).
- J. Osei-Tutu, “Cultural IP v. Commercial IP,” Landslide Magazine: Culture and Collaboration in Global IP (ABA March/April 2020).
- J. OseiTutu, Socially Responsible Corporate IP, (invited symposium), 21 Vand. J. Ent. & Tech. L. 483 (2019).
- J. Osei-Tutu, Harmonizing Cultural IP Across Borders, (invited symposium) 51 Akron L. Rev. 1198 (2018).
- J. Osei-Tutu, Humanizing Intellectual Property, 20 Vand. J. Ent & Tech. L. 207 (2017).
- J. Osei-Tutu, Human Development as a Core Objective of Global Intellectual Property Law, 105 Kentucky L.J. 1-47 (2016) (lead article).
- J. Osei-Tutu, Prioritizing Human Development in African Intellectual Property Law, 8 WIPO J. 23-33 (2016).
- J. Osei-Tutu, Human Development as an Intellectual Property Metric, (invited symposium) 90 St. John’s L. Rev. 711-743 (2016).
- J. Osei-Tutu, Book Review, “Irene Calboli and Srividhya Ragavan (eds.): Diversity in Intellectual Property – Identities, Interests, and Intersections,” International Review of Intellectual Property and Competition Law, 47:8 (Max Planck Institute, 2016), 1-4.
- J. Osei-Tutu, Agricultural Biotechnology: Drawing on International Law to Promote Progress, 2015 Mich. St. L. Rev. 531 (2015).
- J. Osei-Tutu, Corporate “Human Rights” to Intellectual Property Protection? 55 Santa Clara L. Rev. 1 (2015) (lead article).
- Professor Osei-Tutu at Conferences at QMIPRI, Harvard, and Pitt Law
- Professor Osei-Tutu at Texas A&M “Creativity & Innovation is Local” Symposium
- Prof. Osei-Tutu selected to Chair AALS Intellectual Property Section for 2023
- Prof. Osei-Tutu Presents at INTA Leadership Meeting
- Professor Osei-Tutu Discusses IP in the African Union
- Professor Osei-Tutu Presents on Cultural/Commercial Identity at IU Intellectual Property Symposium
- Prof. Osei-Tutu was interviewed for the International Trademark Association Daily Newsletter
- ABA Selects Prof. Osei-Tutu’s Article on Cultural IP for Reprint in GPS Solo
- Emily Mola, Recent Graduate, Wins the International Trademark Association’s 2020 Ladas Award for Article on Trademarks and Traditional Cultural Expressions. IP Certificate Provides Foundation for Career in IP Law
- Professor Osei-Tutu Presents at George Mason CPIP