J. Janewa Osei-Tutu

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J. Janewa Osei-Tutu
Associate Professor of Law
Affiliate Faculty, Center for Women’s and Gender Studies

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LL.M. McGill University (International & Comparative Law)
J.D. Queen’s University (Ontario)
B.A. University of Toronto

Drawing on her expertise in international and comparative intellectual property law, Professor Osei-Tutu’s scholarship focuses on the social and cultural impact of intellectual property rights on society.

Professor J. Osei-Tutu studied at the premier academic institutions in Canada. She holds an LL.M., with distinction, in International and Comparative Law from McGill University where she wrote her graduate thesis on trade-related intellectual property. She joined academia after more than a decade of practice as Legal Counsel to the Patent & Trademark Office, and the Intellectual Property Policy Directorate at Industry Canada (USPTO equivalent). Professor Osei-Tutu also served as legal counsel on intellectual property matters in Canadian trade negotiations, and provided legal advice on intellectual property submissions to international organizations, such as the WIPO and the WTO. In addition, she advised on complex litigation and legislative reform of Canada’s intellectual property laws.

Osei-Tutu’s experience includes commercial law practice with leading law firms in Canada and Ghana. As part of a multi-national team, Professor Osei-Tutu clerked as an Associate Legal Officer for Trial Chamber II at the United Nations International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda in Tanzania. She is a member of the bar in New York and Ontario (inactive).

Professor Osei-Tutu is the founding co-Chair of the Junior Intellectual Property Scholars Association (JIPSA), and an active volunteer with Broward county public schools.

Courses: Contract Law, Trademark Law, International Intellectual Property Law, Intellectual Property & Human Rights, and Fashion & Design Law.

Current research projects: intellectual property, natural rights, and human rights; intellectual property and culture; intellectual property, human rights & corporations.


Humanizing Intellectual Property: Moving Beyond the Natural Rights Property Focus, 20 Vand. J. Ent. & Tech. L. 207 (2017)

“Using IP Law to Promote Human Flourishing for ‘Market Women’” Landslide Magazine, vol. 10 Issue 4. (2017)

J. Janewa OseiTutu, Prioritizing Human Development in African Intellectual Property Law, 8 WIPO Journal, 23 (2016)

J. Janewa Osei-Tutu, “Irene Calboli and Srividhya Ragavan (eds.): Diversity in Intellectual Property – Identities, Interests, and Intersections, (book review) IIC – International Review of Intellectual Property and Competition Law, (2016), 1-4

J. Janewa OseiTutu, Human Development as a Core Objective of Global Intellectual Property, 105 Ky. L.J. 1 (2016).

Human Development as an Intellectual Property Metric, St. John’s L. Rev. (symposium, forthcoming 2016)

Corporate “Human Rights” to Intellectual Property Protection? 55 Santa Clara L. Rev. 1 (2015). (Top 10 SSRN download 2014 Intellectual Property Law-Other e-journal, Law & Society: International & Comparative Law e-Journal, Law & Society: Private Law e-Journal)

Agricultural Biotechnology: Drawing on International Law to Promote Progress, Mich. St. L. Rev (symposium, 2015)

Private Rights for the Public Good?, 66 S.M.U. L. Rev. 767 (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.”

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)

Intellectual Property: a Menace to the Public Domain? 4 Oxford J. Intell. Prop. L. & Prac. 220 (2009); book review of Charlotte Waelde and Hector MacQueen (eds.), Intellectual Property: The Many Faces of Public Domain