Uchenna Ugwu

Position and Organisation:
Faculty of Law, University of Ottawa
Ottawa, Ontario

I am a Ph.D candidate at the University of Ottawa, whose research focuses on designing legal and policy frameworks and strategies for harnessing international intellectual property law to advance food security and development in Africa. I hold a first degree in Law (LL.B) from the Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, Nigeria; and a Masters degree (LL.M) in Public International Law from the University of Leicester, UK.

I have presented papers relating to my research at international conferences in Canada, South Africa, and Ghana; and my papers have been published in peer reviewed journals. Recent examples being “Reconciling the Right to Learn with Copyright Protection in the Digital Age: Limitations of Contemporary Copyright Treaties”, a paper published in the Law and Development Review (LDR), 2018; and “The Suitability of International Intellectual Property Laws for Protecting Traditional Knowledge and Indigenous Innovations in Africa”, a paper published in the African Journal of Intellectual Property (AJIP), Vol. 1 No. 2, 2017, pages 116-127.

I am a member of the Open Africa Innovation Research Project, at the University of Ottawa, and an ILRP scholar with the Centre for International Governance and Innovation, Waterloo. My activities at the organizations have included academic research and analysis of multilateral IP agreements relevant to African countries; Literature reviews and compiling bibliographies; Writing of articles and commentaries; participation in project organization, and presentations at conferences.